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Baz Luhrmann drops Austin Butler's first look teaser as Elvis Presley in upcoming biopic, announces release date

Tom Hanks to play the role of Colonel Tom Parker.

Aishwarya Vasudevan
Nov 16, 2021
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Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann, in a good surprise, dropped the first look teaser of his upcoming directorial Elvis, featuring Austin Butler in the titular role. The film tells the story of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley's life and career. The video has Presley's Suspicious Minds song in the background, and Butler, without even showing his face, looks the part. The video ends with a glittery "TCB," which is from Presley's album "Taking Care of Business."

While sharing the video, Luhrmann captioned it as "Elvis Monday made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022." #Elvis #TCB."

As reported by Deadline, set against the backdrop of America's changing cultural environment and loss of innocence, the untitled drama follows the rock legend's transformation from dirt-poor performer to global hero via the lens of his complex relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker over the course of two decades (Tom Hanks). Before his death in 1977 at the age of 42, Presley ascended to a level of celebrity rivaled only by the Beatles.

While Collider stated that Luhrmann returns to his musical roots as he explores the story of Presley (Butler) through his tumultuous connection with his mysterious manager, Colonel Parker (Hanks), The story spans 20 years, delving into the complexity of Presley and Parker's relationship, chronicling his ascent to stardom, and setting it against the backdrop of America's changing cultural landscape and the country's realization that they were no longer so innocent. The most important and influential person in Presley's life, Priscilla Presley, will be at the centre of his trip (Olivia DeJonge).

The film also features Yola Quartey, Luke Bracey, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, and David Wenham in supporting roles.

The untitled biopic is set to hit the big screens on June 24, 2022.

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