Writer-director Baz Luhrmann has found his Elvis Presley in actor Austin Butler!" The filmmaker has cast Butler as the King of Rock 'n' Roll in his upcoming biopic and the star's long-time girlfriend and actor Vanessa Hudgens is over the moon. Luhrmann confirmed the news on Instagram on Monday, posting a photo of Presley's mugshot, along with a pic of Butler.
According to Deadline, the film is set to go on floors in Australia in early 2020. The movie will document Presley's rise to fame, as well as his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who will be portrayed by Tom Hanks in the movie.After the announcement was made, Vanessa took to social media to react to the news. "I am over the f---g moon. I can’t wait. So proud of my honey," she wrote on Instagram. To land the role, Butler beat out hundreds of young actors vying for the part, including many famous stars.
Several young actors were in the running for the role as the multitalented but troubled music icon, who died at the age of 42 in August 1977. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Luhrmann had narrowed down his hopefuls to Butler, Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and Aaron Taylor-Johnson. TMZ reported that G-Eazy also made a strong push for the part, although he was not a top contender.