The Elvis Presley biopic may be over 18 months away, but director Baz Luhrmann has already begun sharing teases with fans. At the start of each week, the Moulin Rouge filmmaker puts out some classic photos of The King as part of Elvis Monday on his Instagram. Although over the last fortnight he has started finally showing off his upcoming movie, with last week seeing a few shots from the film itself.
This week, Baz shared pictures of Elvis recording in Nashville’s historic RCA Studio A.
Originally known simply as RCA Victor Nashville Sound Studios, this was the recording room for The King’s record label.
In 1955, RCA Victor purchased Elvis’ recording contract from Memphis’ Sun Records for a then incredible sum of $35,000.
Elvis would go on to be the record label’s biggest-selling artist, selling 10 million singles in 1956, having begun with Heartbreak Hotel.
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Back in late 2019, Baz and his Elvis star Butler headed off on a road trip to Tennessee.
During their stay there, they recorded with musicians in that historic Nashville studio, as seen in the new pics of the star.
The director captioned his Elvis Mondays post: “These shots remind me of the time Austin and I spent with producer, Dave Cobb, and his gifted artists and engineers in Nashville, recording in Elvis’ RCA Studio A.”
Cobb is an American record producer who is best known for his work with artists like Rival Sons and Chris Stapleton.
Cobb, who produced Always Remember Us This Way for Lady Gaga in A Star Is Born, has seen his record label Low Country Sound housed in RCA Studio A since 2016.
When Baz and Butler stopped by during their research road trip, the pair also visited The King’s birthplace in Tupelo, Mississippi and his Memphis mansion.
And in Elvis week this year, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings Joel Weinshanker shared memories of the director at the famous house.
He said how one of the coolest nights he’s ever had at Graceland was sitting behind the mansion from 1-5am in the morning where he and the director just talked about who Elvis was.
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It turns out that Baz was keen to find out what was on Elvis’ mind and heart and what The King was hopeful of achieving up to the last day of life in 1977, when he was just 42.
Meanwhile, Graceland archivist Angie Marchese told Express.co.uk on a virtual live tour: “Yes, we’ve worked really closely with Baz and his team for research. We have sent photos, measurements, materials, colouring patterns; everything for clothing Also room designs [and] images sizing for different rooms.
“So we’ve been working really closely with their team for accuracy of everything from sets to taking the actors through tour here. So [here’s] hoping that the movie’s going to be great; [we’re] very positive that the movie’s going to be great.”
Elvis is released in cinemas on June 24, 2022.
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