Principal photography for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic about music legend Elvis Presley will begin on September 23. And you know with Baz Luhrmann, that means lots of photography.Production on the film is going ahead on Australia’s east coast, despite Covid-19 safety measures still in place.
Aptly titled ‘Elvis’, the film will be the first feature directed by Luhrmann since ‘The Great Gatsby’, and will be a musical drama about the life and music of the ‘King’ of rock’n’roll.
Seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks), the film will also star Aussie newbie Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time In Hollywood) as Elvis himself, and Olivia DeJonge (Stray Dolls) as Priscilla Presley.The film will be set across two decades of Elvis’ life including his poverty-struck upbringing, that magnificent rise to fame and, presumably, the tragic ending to his life. Although, knowing Luhrmann’s penchant for turning biopics into musicals, it’s not certain how the subject of death will pan out on the big screen – if indeed musical is the genre he adopts. Luhrmann is directing from the a screenplay he has co-written with Craig Pearce, while Luhrmann is also producing the film, alongside Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss. From all accounts, the film could be an epic flick or, judging by the still above, a monumental tacky disaster. Antonino Tati