Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated Elvis biopic has received critical acclaim since its premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, and Austin Butler has been praised for his breakout performance as the late legend.
The film even received a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest ovation at this year’s festival so far, according to Variety, and Austin got emotional as the applause went on and on.
The drama follows Elvis and his rise to stardom, aided by controversial manager Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks) as he rises from a kid in Memphis to an international star.
Elvis died at the age of 42 at his Graceland home in 1977. His cause of death was ruled to be cardiac arrest.
It was initially due to launch last November, before being rescheduled for 2022.
Here’s everything we know about the movie…
When is Elvis released in theaters?
Elvis will be released in UK and US cinemas on June 24.
The official synopsis reads: “Elvis’ story is seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
As told by Parker, the film delves into the complex dynamic between the two over the course of 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
“At the center of that journey is one of the significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.”
Who is in the cast of Elvis?
The 30-year-old former Disney star Austin plays the legendary King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, marking his first major leading role. She starred in 2019’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and appeared on the television series The Carrie Diaries and Zoey 101.
Olivia DeJonge, 24, who currently stars in HBO Max’s The Staircase, plays Priscilla Presley, the actress and ex-wife of Elvis.
Tom plays Colonel Tom Parker, a Dutch music impresario who managed Elvis from 1955 until the singer’s death in 1977.
The Power of the Dog’s Kodi Smit-McPhee stars as Jimmie Rodgers, while Waves actor Kelvin Harrison Jr. stars as BB King.
The cast also includes David Wendham, Dacre Montgomery and Chaydon Jay as a young Elvis.
Austin told a press conference in Cannes that he spent two years preparing for the role, revealing, “I basically put the rest of my life on hold for two years and just absorbed as much as I possibly could.”
‘I just fell down the rabbit hole of obsession. And I divided his life into time periods where I was able to hear the differences in how his voice changed over the years and how his movement changed over the years and I spent two years studying, trying to find his humanity the best. I could get through that.’
Is there an Elvis trailer?
Yes, there is a trailer and it was officially released earlier this year, giving us our first glimpse of Austin in the role.
The trailer shows Austin’s Elvis freaking out the crowd as he transforms into the hip legend, powering through a performance and causing fans to swoon, his screams drowning out his voice.
Elvis opens in theaters June 24.
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