THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL HAS BEEN A BELOVED FIGURE FOR MANY DECADES
there have been countless documentaries on this man as well as a couple of films that dictate his life. However, no one has been able to do so with extreme detail, the exact set of events, and a realistic flourish to the life of The King, Elvis Presley. Although that seemed like a pipe dream, it is about to come true for many of his fans now that Baz Lurhmann’s actually detailed biography film Elvis is out in cinemas near you.
THE STORY OF ELVIS THE KING OF ROCK AND ROLL:
The brief answer is that it’s all about Elvis Presley’s life, from the beginning of his fantabulous career to the unhappy and unfortunate ending that came quite abruptly to his tenure. Elvis’s life as seen through the prism of his talent, celebrity, and cultural upheaval, as presented within the context of his delicate relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker is depicted to an incredibly detailed extent. The movie is a music driven drama that explores the complicated relationship between Presley and Parker over a period of 20 years, from Presley’s ascent to prominence to his extraordinary stardom, against the backdrop of the changing cultural environment and loss of innocence in America. One of the most important and influential figures in Elvis Presley’s life, Priscilla Presley, is at the center of that journey.
WHO IS DIRECTING ELVIS (2022)?!
Well, we’ve known for a long time who was working on this incredible biopic. Baz Luhrmann, most popular films such as The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet has directed the film himself. The film was unannounced back in 2014, with Luhrmann showing extreme interest in dedicating his time and money into creating a film that showcases the life of Elvis in its purest form. Elvis was a character with a ton of depth, he was a person who not only revolutionized music back in the ‘50s, but also became an influential figure during the civil rights movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s era of civil unrest.
Fans have been feverishly anticipating a movie that seeks to do justice to the singer’s complex life and personality along with his deeply human connections since Luhrmann first revealed his plans to make an Elvis Presley biopic in 2014. Priscilla Presley, who was Elvis’s wife from 1967 to 1973, thankfully gave the movie her enthusiastic approval in a Facebook post. Now that fans know that this film has Priscilla Presley approval, there are even more excited to watch this film and fall absolutely in love with the characters.
THE CAST OF ELVIS (2022) IS PHENOMENAL!
Austin Butler portrays the King, and from what we can gather, he did a fantastic job. Butler, who has primarily played lesser roles in his career to date, received his first prominent role in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood after a minor stint in the vigilante series Arrow and a substantial career starring in Disney entertainment media. His next significant role will be in Dune: Part Two in 2023 as Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen who is one of the most influential characters in the latter half of the first Dune book by Frank Herbert. We anticipate seeing him a lot more if he keeps putting on performances like he did in Elvis (2022).
Colonel Tom Parker; a Dutch music magnate and Elvis’s only manager throughout his exciting career is portrayed by Tom Hanks in a fat costume. Parker, who was born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk, entered the US without authorization when he was 20 years old and spent the remainder of his life there. Despite this, Parker succeeded as an agent and amassed millions of dollars while working as Elvis’s agent, among others. We feel bad for Tom Hanks and his makeup artists because it appears that he will play a significant part in the movie, however, despite the tough working conditions of a heavily prosthetic suit, he seems to have provided a performance that only Tom Hanks could have given.
There are strong echoes of Winston Churchill played by Gary Oldman in The Darkest Hour vibes here, and we’re all here for it! The remainder of the cast seems to be extremely strong as well. Olivia DeLonge is portraying Priscilla Presley, Elvis’s partner and one of the closest people in his lifetime. Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh playing Elvis’s parents, whose characters will have a ton of influence in developing Elvis, along with 300’s David Wenham playing popular country singer Hank Snow, and Kodi Smit-McPhee playing Hank Snow’s son, Jimmie Rodgers Snow. It seems as though there is a significant Australian presence in the cast.
It seems that the US civil rights movement of the ‘50s and ‘60s will be featured quite a lot due to the time period of Elvis’s career. The news of the deaths of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert F. Kennedy are featured in the trailer, so that aspect is definitely hinted upon. In the teaser we also get a sighting of Kelvin Harrison Jr. as B.B. King who is advising a young and anxious Elvis that “They might put me in jail for walking across the street, but you’re a famous white boy.” that “They might put me in jail for walking across the street, but you’re a famous white boy.”
THE TRAILER AND RELEASE DATE FOR ELVIS (2022)!
The film is a deeply personal project for the director, and its drowning in the signature Baz Luhrmann style. The film features of large degree of colors, a ton of lights and beautiful set designs along with some of the best musical set pieces that you will see in recent memory. The film is just as eccentric as its main protagonist, and it tells the story truthfully, you can get all of this information simply by watching the trailer. Now, when it comes to the topic of release date, Elvis has already been released for quite a while now. In fact, if you’re quick enough, you can catch Elvis at a local theatre near you!
However, if you’re going to miss out on the local screenings, there’s still a chance for you to watch this film when it hits digital. The film is set to be releasing on iTunes and Amazon Video on August 9th, meanwhile the Blu-Ray and DVD sets will be releasing in September of 2022. Still a decent chunk of time until the Blu-ray hits, but you can catch the film quite soon when it hits the digital platforms such as iTunes and Amazon.
Elvis was one of the most influential figures in the history of music, he revolutionized rock and roll and made his mark on the world at a very young age. Despite his untimely demise, Elvis is a person who is remembered even today as one of the best musicians to ever live. Make sure to dive deep into this revered artist’s complicated and rich life by watching Elvis!