Baz Luhrmann's latest biopic 'Elvis' starring Austin Butler is one of the most anticipated movies of the year, as it follows the life of a global treasure. In cinemas on June 24th.
The trailer for the upcoming film was released yesterday and one YouTube viewer commented underneath the video saying "I idolize Elvis Presley and this performance, even in the trailers, is the closest thing to him still being alive as we’re going to get". That's some pretty big praise.
Butler isn't just receiving props from Elvis fans. Lisa-Marie Presley herself has said Butler should win an Oscar for his depiction of her father, stating "Austin Butler channeled and embodied my father’s heart and soul beautifully".
Beating out other talented actors like Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Aaron Taylor-Johnson according to US Weekly, means we can expect a stellar performance from Butler. The likes of which could launch him into superstardom.
The trailer certainly explores all aspects of Elvis' life, no sugarcoating, and according to Luhrmann in an interview with US Weekly it's "the good, the bad and the ugly" in "a three-act pop-cultural opera".
Butler balances his performance between troubled, rock'n'roll bad boy and doe-eyed sweetheart in a pink suit singing 'Always on My Mind'. Luhrmann captures fans absolute devotion and delirium; young women stare into their TV set, practically drooling, as he whips out 'The Pelvis', 'Pole Dance' and 'The Slide' onstage.
The film won't just feature Elvis songs, according to Luhrmann, "You hear a lot of classic Elvis, but we also have in the score all sorts of DNA and some contemporary interpretations".
So, we can expect tracks from some current megastars too, including Eminem and CeeLo Green, Kacey Musgraves, Jack White, and Stevie Nicks. We even hear Doja Cat on the trailer.
If the trailer is anything to go by, the film is going to deliver on all aspects of Elvis' life from sex to drama, twisted romance, and anguish. Oh, and it's also delivering Tom Hanks in some pretty awful prosthetics.
Baz Luhrmann's 'Elvis' hits cinemas on the 24th of June.