The main cast of Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming musical drama Elvis has been set, with Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham, Luke Bracey and Dacre Montgomery among the Australian actors co-starring with Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge in the film.
Richard Roxburgh (Moulin Rouge!) portrays Elvis’s father, Vernon Presley, while award-winning theatre actress Helen Thomson (Rake) plays Elvis’s mother, Gladys.
Dacre Montgomery (‘Stranger Things’) might want to grow that creepy mo back because he gets to play a TV director, Steve Binder.
Speaking about the cast, Luhrmann offered, “Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich personalities, and we’re very fortunate to pull together a tremendous ensemble to tell this story. It’s exciting to unite some of Australia’s finest actors, from longtime collaborators to exciting new faces.”
Elvis will explore the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 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. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).
The movie is shooting in Queensland.
‘Elvis’ is slated for cinematic release on October 1, 2021.