Having previously worked on Strictly Ballroom, Romeo And Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, Australia, and The Great Gatsby, the Australian filmmaker tackles the story of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame and his relationship with Colonel Tom Parker.
Tom Hanks will play Parker, a role that has been teased by Hanks already when the actor showed off a new look he adopted to play the rock and roll legend’s manager.
Here’s the teaser:
— Baz Luhrmann (@bazluhrmann) November 15, 2021
The synopsis reads:
“Set against an evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America, Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming Elvis movie covers the rock legend’s growth from dirt-poor singer to global icon, seen through the prism of his complex relationship over two decades with manager Colonel Tom Parker. Presley reached a level of stardom matched only by the Beatles before his death in 1977 at the age of 42”
This currently untitled Elvis Presley project, formerly known as Kat King or also just Elvis, is written by Sam Bromell, Baz Luhrmann, and Craig Pearce.
The movie first entered development seven years ago, but it took until early 2020 for the shooting of the movie to finally get underway, only to be halted when Hanks tested positive with Covid.
The movie was scheduled for release in October this year, but the additional delays meant that the date slid to 2022.