Elvis (2021 film)

Elvis is an upcoming biographical film about Elvis Presley directed by Baz Luhrmann, and starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks.

Directed byBaz Luhrmann
Produced by
Screenplay by
CinematographyMandy Walker
Distributed byWarner Bros.
Release date
  • October 1, 2021 (2021-10-01) (United States)
CountryUnited States


Chronicles the life and career of music legend Elvis Presley.



The project was first announced in April 2014, when Baz Luhrmann entered negotiations to direct the film, with Kelly Marcel writing the screenplay.[1]

No further development on the film was announced until March 2019, when Tom Hanks was cast in the role of Colonel Tom Parker. Luhrmann was set as director, and also replaced Marcel as screenwriter with Craig Pearce and Sam Bromell.[2][3][4] In July, the front runners for the role of Presley were Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Austin Butler, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Harry Styles, with Butler winning the role later that month.[5][6] In October, Olivia DeJonge was cast to play Priscilla Presley.[7] Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell were cast as Gladys and Vernon Presley in February 2020, with Yola cast as Sister Rosetta Tharpe.[8][4][3]

Filming began in Australia in January 2020,[9][10][11] but was halted on 12 March 2020, when Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for COVID-19 during the 2019–20 coronavirus pandemic.[12][13]


The film is scheduled for release on October 1, 2021.[14]


  1. ^ Baz Luhrmann in Negotiations to Direct Elvis Presley Biopic for Warner Bros. (Exclusive) thewrap.com
  2. ^ Tom Hanks In Talks To Play Colonel Tom Parker In Baz Luhrmann Untitled Elvis Presley Pic deadline.com
  3. ^ a b Yola to Play Sister Rosetta Tharpe in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’ (EXCLUSIVE) variety.com
  4. ^ a b Rufus Sewell to Play Elvis Presley’s Father in Baz Luhrmann’s Musical Drama (EXCLUSIVE) variety.com
  5. ^ Top Young Talent Vying For Elvis In Baz Luhrmann Film; Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Austin Butler, Harry Styles deadline.com
  6. ^ Baz Luhrmann Sets Austin Butler In Starmaking Elvis Presley Role Opposite Tom Hanks In Warner Bros Film deadline.com
  7. ^ Baz Luhrmann Elvis Presley Film Finds Its Priscilla Presley In Netflix ‘The Society’ Actress Olivia DeJonge deadline.com
  8. ^ Maggie Gyllenhaal to Play Elvis Presley’s Mom in Baz Luhrmann’s Biopic (EXCLUSIVE) variety.com
  9. ^ Austin Butler Lands Elvis Presley Role Opposite Tom Hanks In WB’s Biopic Directed By Baz Lurhmann [sic] hnentertainment.co
  10. ^ Novak, Lauren (January 28, 2020). "Tom Hanks Has Begun Filming For The Elvis Presley Biopic In Australia". Do You Remember. Retrieved January 29, 2020.
  11. ^ Price, Amy (January 31, 2020). "Tom Hanks visits a Gold Coast beach as flooding delays filming on Baz Luhrmann's Elvis movie". Courier Mail.
  12. ^ D'Alessandro, Anthony; D'Alessandro, Anthony (2020-03-12). "Tom Hanks & Rita Wilson Test Positive For Coronavirus As Outbreak Hits 'Elvis Presley' Film". Deadline. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  13. ^ Stedman, Alex; Stedman, Alex (2020-03-12). "Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson Test Positive for Coronavirus". Variety. Retrieved 2020-03-12.
  14. ^ Warner Bros. Dates Baz Luhrmann ‘Elvis Presley’ Movie, Shifts ‘Dune’ & More deadline.com

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