‘He had big shoes to fill’

Priscilla Presley gave a brand new biopic about Elvis Presley her stamp of approval.

The 76-year-old not too long ago took to Facebook and praised director Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis,” which is able to premiere on the Cannes Movie Competition subsequent month forward of Warner Bros. releasing the movie theatrically on June 24.

The “Bare Gun” actress stated she noticed the film along with her late ex-husband’s longtime pal Jerry Schilling and was impressed by Austin Butler taking up the titular position.

“The story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship,” Presley wrote. “It’s a true story advised brilliantly and creatively that solely Baz, in his distinctive creative manner, may have delivered. Austin Butler, who performed Elvis, is excellent.”

“Midway by means of the movie Jerry and I checked out one another and stated WOW!!!” she shared. “Bravo to him…he knew he had large sneakers to fill. He was extraordinarily nervous taking part in this half. I can solely think about.”

Presley additionally recalled assembly Elvis’ supervisor, Col. Tom Parker, who’s performed by Tom Hanks.

“What a personality he was,” she mirrored. “There was two sides to Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed each. The story, as everyone knows, doesn’t have a contented ending. However I believe you’ll perceive a little bit bit extra of Elvis’ journey, penned by a director who put his coronary heart and soul and lots of hours into this movie.”

Presley stated “I do” to Elvis in 1967. They welcomed a daughter named Lisa Marie Presley the next yr. The couple finally referred to as it quits, and their divorce was finalized in 1973. The singer died in 1977 at age 42.

In response to The Hollywood Reporter, Butler beat out quite a few contenders to play the King, together with Harry Types, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller and others.

In an announcement launched by Warner Bros., Luhrmann defined his determination to solid the 30-year-old, saying he “knew unequivocally” that he was the proper match for the position.

Director Baz Luhrmann, left, and Austin Butler, who’s taking part in Elvis Presley in a brand new biopic.
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“I knew I couldn’t make this movie if the casting wasn’t completely proper, and we searched totally for an actor with the power to evoke the singular pure motion and vocal qualities of this peerless star but additionally the interior vulnerability of the artist,” stated the 59-year-old.

“All through the casting course of, it was an honor for me to come across such an unlimited array of expertise,” the “Moulin Rouge!” director shared. “I had heard about Austin Butler from his standout position reverse Denzel Washington in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway, and thru a journey of in depth display screen testing and music and efficiency workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had discovered somebody who may embody the spirit of one of many world’s most iconic musical figures.”

Presley beforehand shared that Lana Del Rey, who was rumored to be within the working to painting her within the upcoming movie, can be an applicable alternative. Australian actress Olivia DeJonge went on to nab the position.

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