For months, fans have been anticipating the release of a new Elvis Presley biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann. The famed director is know for his work on a number of iconic films, including Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!, and The Great Gatsby.
Soon, a superstar actor attached himself to Luhrmann’s Elvis project. That superstar actor was none other than Tom Hanks, who signed on to play Elvis’ infamous manager “Colonel” Tom Parker.
As for “The King” himself, Luhrmann took off on an exhaustive search to find the perfect person to play him. The playing field was narrowed down to five potential candidates before Luhrmann finally selected 27-year-old Austin Butler for the role.
The talented actor recently received a lot of notoriety after playing “Tex” in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.
Now that the film has its Elvis, the rest of the puzzle pieces can fall in place. Other major players in Elvis’ life, such as his ex-wife Priscilla Presley, have not been cast yet. However, we do know one new piece of information about the film…its release date.
Go ahead and mark your calendars for this one. Well, that is, if you have a calendar that dates out to 2021.
Unfortunately, fans will have to wait over two years to see Luhrmann’s Elvis film make its way to the silver screen. Deadline reported on Friday (August 2) that the still-untitled project will be released on October 1, 2021.
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While the news of the faraway release date may be upsetting, you should take it as a good sign. It means that Luhrmann will not rush through the project, and will also take his time to find the perfect actors to play the other major figures in Elvis’ life.
We don’t know about y’all, but we’re already counting down the days until October 1, 2021! You can listen to Butler talk about how excited he is to portray Elvis by tuning in to the interview below.