Austin Butler to play Elvis Presley in upcoming biopic

Austin Butler has landed a new role — playing the legendary Elvis Presley for an upcoming biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann.

According to Variety, Austin was cast after several screen tests, including a test “with a handful of actors in full hair and make-up.”

“I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist,” director Baz Luhrmann said in a statement.

“Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”

The movie will also star Tom Hanks, who will play Presley’s manager, Col. Tom Parker, and is set to film in early 2020.

Austin’s girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens reacted to the news online, posting a screenshot of the casting news, writing:


Several other stars commented on Vanessa’s post in reaction to the news, including Sarah Hyland, who commented: “STOPPPPPP IT HAPPENED!!!!!!!! IM FREAKING OUT!!!!!! IM SO HAPPY! HE WORKED SO FRIKKIN HARD FOR THIS!!!”

In the meantime, you can catch Austin in the zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die, in theaters now.

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