Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis—who's playing Elvis in the new movie and when does it come out?

Elvis has… entered the building. The new movie will see the return of the king, but who is playing Elvis?

The new Elvis movie will tell the story of the King of Rock n Roll
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Suspicious Minds might have had doubts about the news that the King of Rock’n’Roll was getting the Hollywood biopic treatment, but the release of the first trailer has got Elvis Presley fans new and old eager to see more.

The upcoming Elvis movie is directed by Baz Luhrmann, the visionary director responsible for showbiz spectacles including Moulin Rouge!, The Great Gatsby and Romeo + Juliet.

Elvis will explore the life of the King’s life through three eras—Elvis as a child, as a young man first breaking into fame, and the end of his days before his untimely death at the age of 42 in 1977.

Bringing his unique flair to the Elvis story, Baz has said that the film will be a "great canvas to explore America.”

Who is in the Elvis cast and who has the daunting task of stepping into the Blue Suede Shoes of the King himself?

Who is playing Elvis in the new movie?

Austin Butler will play Elvis in the new movie

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Austin Butler will be playing Elvis Presley in the new movie.

The Californian native is best known for roles in Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, and appearing in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Austin Butler dated actress Vanessa Hudgens between 2011 and 2020 and has since been romantically linked to Cindy Crawford’s model daughter, Kaia Gerber.

Does Austin Butler sing in the new Elvis movie?

It's been confirmed by both Butler and Luhrmann in a recent interview with the Hollywood Reporter that, yes, it's Austin Butler singing throughout.

Austin described the hours of work that he’s put into honor Elvis's iconic vocals.

Austin Butler as Elvis

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"When I began the process, I set out to get my voice to be identical. That instills fear. So that got the fire burning,” the actor said.

“For a year before we started shooting, I was doing voice coaching.”

While Austin’s vocals will be heard for most of the younger years of Elvis’ life portrayed on screen, his vocals are blended with Elvis’ original vocals for the later years.

Who else is in the Elvis cast?

To honor the King, Baz Luhrmann has stacked his film with Hollywood royalty.

Tom Hanks will appear as Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker in new Elvis movie

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Tom Parker was a colorful and controversial figure himself, and he managed Elvis Presley's career from the start.

When Elvis was drafted into the army in 1958, Tom correctly encouraged it, predicting his absence and service would only increase his appeal.

He was also said to have masterminded the marriage to Priscilla, as the two living together without marriage could’ve tarnished their reputations at the time.

Maggie Gyllenhaal will star as Gladys Presley, Elvis’ mother, Australian actress Olivia DeJonge will appear as Priscilla Presley, Elvis’ wife and fashion favorite, Alton Mason, will appear as rock icon Little Richard.

When is Elvis out?

Elvis is scheduled to be released in theaters on June 24, 2022.

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