The 30-year-old actor worked hard to deliver a pitch-perfect take on the king.
Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis has been a long time coming. Production began in 2014, and casting decisions were still being made in 2019. Thankfully, the trailer dropped recently to rave reviews from showbiz-watchers.
In 2019, the Hollywood Reporter wrote that notable names like Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles were in the running to play Elvis. In the end, Austin Butler nabbed the role. Some didn’t think he was the right fit at first, but the trailer proved that Luhrmann made the right choice.
In the trailer, Butler looks shockingly like Elvis himself. But while it’s important that he look the part, it’s how Butler channels Presley’s energy that makes his performance all the more satisfying to watch. From Presley’s unmistakable drawl to his iconic moves, Butler gave the role his all.
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Aside from working on its physical aspects, Butler took a year’s worth of voice lessons to prepare for the role. He also watched archival footage of Presley’s concerts. Luhrmann had him sing solo for part of the movie, but moviegoers will hear a mixture of Butler’s and Presley’s voices for most of it.
While its official release is still months away, you can take a peek at Butler’s performance in the trailer below.
Elvis will explore the life and music of Elvis Presley through the eyes of his manager Colonel Tom Parker, who will be played by Tom Hanks. So although the biopic will trace Presley’s rise to fame, a big chunk of it will also revolve around Presley and Parker’s relationship.Â
If Elvis is anything like Lurhmann’s previous work (such as the heavily stylized hits Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and The Great Gatsby), you can bet that it’ll wow audiences once it premieres on June 24.
Art Dani Sison