Elvis Presley’s ex-wife was blown away by Austin Butler’s performance in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.
Austin Butler has received a ringing approval praising his portrayal of the King of Rock n Roll from his ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Before Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic premiere, he gets a special screening detailing his rise and his relationship with Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). Having its world premiere at Cannes, the film will hit theaters in June, where it has already begun to earn Oscar buzz.
Following a private screening with family friend Jerry Schilling, Presley shared her thoughts on social media. This story was brought to life by Luhrmann in a “brilliant” way, according to her. Presley also points out that Butler must have had difficulty playing such a well-known legend, but even so, she was impressed with his performance. As well as praising Hanks, Presley comments that the film does a great job portraying the true story of Elvis and Colonel Parker. According to Presley’s Twitter post:
- “For those curious about the new film ELVIS, Baz Luhrmann, the director, recently provided a private screening for me and Jerry Schilling at Warner studios. This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered. Austin Butler, who played Elvis, is outstanding. Halfway through the film, Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!! Bravo to him; he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine. Tom Hanks was Col Parker in this film. What a character he was. There was two sides to Colonel; Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis’ journey, penned by a director who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.”
Baz Luhrmann directed Elvis from a screenplay he wrote with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner. Priscilla Presley and Jerry Schilling are played by Olivia DeJonge and Luke Bracey, respectively, along with Austin Butler as Elvis Presley. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Natasha Bassett, and David Wenham star in the film.
During CinemaCon, Luhrmann teased what fans can expect from his biopic. Our objective is to tell the story of the legendary singer born in the 1950s in a way that modern audiences can appreciate. Like superhero movies, Luhrmann sees Elvis as a real-life superhero, just as Presley was in many ways. In the words of the director:
- “You will hear the classics. You will see the story of Elvis, but we’ve also translated that for a younger generation. You know, while I was looking at that little reel and I thought it feels a bit like a superhero film. It is because I actually Elvis is kind of the original superhero. And I mean that he comes from dirt, and in a few blinding moments, he rises so high, he finds his kryptonite and also loves. And then a beautiful, powerful tragedy ensues.”
On June 24, 2022, Elvis will be released.