Big casting news happened on Monday when it was announced that director Baz Luhrmann had finally found his Elvis.
After testing Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role it was Austin Butler who ultimately nabbed the star-making role.
Butler will star opposite Tom Hanks who will play Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker. The film will follow their complex relationship as Presley becomes a from rags to riches success story. The film is scheduled to begin shooting early next year in Queensland, Australia with Warner Bros Pictures taking the reigns of distribution.
The film will trace Presley’s elevation to a level of stardom and celebrity matched only by The Beatles, set against an evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Butler’s casting was quickly celebrated by his girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens who took to Instagram to congratulate her beau.
“I AMMMM OVERRRR THE FUCKING MOOOOOOOOONNNNN. I CAN’T WAIT,” she wrote. “SO PROUD OF MY HONEYYYYY!!!” Butler has been a rising star in recent years after getting his start in Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. He will soon be seen in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood opposite Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio.