Here are the five actors up for the role of Elvis in upcoming biopic
Biopics based on musicians isn't exactly new, but they've definitely seen a lot of success over the last year. Freddie Mercury's biopic Bohemian Rhapsody raked in awards and critical acclaim, while the Elton John movie Rocketman reportedly hit over $84 million at the box office in one month. So it seems it's perfect timing to get moving on a movie about the King himself: Elvis Presley.
Director Baz Luhrmann, the man behind Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby, will be helming the new movie - and it looks like they're homing in on the actor who will take on the lead role.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, five actors are currently being tested for the role. These include Ansel Elgort, known for Baby Driver and set to star in Steven Spielberg's upcoming West Side Story remake; Aaron-Taylor Johnson, best known for Kick-Ass and depicting a young John Lennon in Nowhere Boy; and Whiplash's Miles Teller.
In addition to these three, there are two other actors who will be reportedly testing for the role in the near future, The Hollywood Reporter claims. The Shannara Chronicles' Austin Butler is on the list, as is singer Harry Styles - who made his acting debut in last year's Dunkirk.
There were a variety of reactions to these reported candidates, from those who want a greater resemblance to the real musician to those who think that Styles would be perfect in the role.
THR previously reported that Tom Hanks was on board to star as legendary manager Col. Tom Parker. Parker (the "colonel" was an honorary title) was struggling as a music manager in the 50s when he came across a teenage Presley. Blown away by his talent, he made sure he was the exclusive rep for the singer, and guided him to international success.
It's reported that the relationship between Presley and Parker will be a major aspect of the movie, which will track the rise and peak of The King's career.
Luhrmann is producing the film with his wife, Catherine Martin, and writing it with Great Gatsby and Moulin Rouge co-writer Craig Pearce. The project has supposedly been in development since The Great Gatsby was released in 2013.
The central role is expected to be decided in the next few weeks.