Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has tapped actor Austin Butler to portray Elvis Presley in the still-untitled upcoming feature co-starring Tom Hanks as “The King's” infamous manager Col. Tom Parker. Luhrman said in a statement announcing the casting update: “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,” Luhrmann said in a statement.” The upcoming movie will focus on Elvis and Col. Parker's 20-plus-year relationship.
Col. Tom Parker, who was born on 1909 in the Netherlands, was a carnival barker before becoming Elvis' manager in 1954 with the Presley estate finally forcing him out in 1983. Parker died of a stroke in 1997.
Variety reported Austin Butler's recent credits include Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and Jim Jarmucsch’s comedy The Dead Don’t Die. Filming for the new Elvis movie is set to begin early in 2020.
Throughout his entire adult life, Elvis Presley remained one of the most famous humans on the planet. His ex-wife Priscilla Presley revealed that she wished she could've helped him deal with his solitude and pressures: “I wish I could share with him knowledge. Because he really was alone. He really didn't have a peer — not really with a group, and not really with anyone that he could share, like, if he was with, say, Bruce Springsteen.”
Former Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling, who now serves as the president of the Beach Boys' Brother Records Incorporated, published his memoir Me And A Guy Named Elvis: My Lifelong Friendship With Elvis Presley in 2006. Schilling admitted to us that writing about Col. Tom Parker proved difficult for him: “It was the hardest character to deal with in the book. Did he do some things, in my humble opinion, I didn't agree with? Yes. Did I talk to him about it? Yes. (Laughs) Not every time, but when I felt passionate enough to. There was a real respect there. And if you really wanted to get down to where the power was, it was in Elvis. Don't think the Colonel didn't know that.”