Over the past few weeks, Elvis Presley movie director Baz Luhrmann has been sharing photos of The King on his Instagram account as part of what he called Elvis Mondays. Well, today the filmmaker has actually debuted the first trailer for the upcoming biopic starring Austin Butler as the rock icon and Tom Hanks as his manager Colonel Tom Parker. The Moulin Rouge director captioned the post: “Elvis Monday. Made a little something to let you good people know we are taking care of business on June 24, 2022.”
The first Elvis movie trailer opens with an echoing line from The King’s hit Suspicious Minds.
The lyrics go: “Oh, let our love survive, I’ll dry the tears from your eyes. Let’s don’t let a good thing die.”
And boy do we get a whistle-stop tour through the three decades of the star’s career, which lasted from his breakthrough stardom in 1956 to his untimely death at 42 in 1977.
We start off in the 1950s as Hanks’ manager Colonel Parker, approaches Butler’s undiscovered Elvis at a carnival while wearing a cowboy hat, as the future star leans with his back turned from him.
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Tom Hanks’ Colonel approaches Elvis
Next up there’s a shot of The King in his iconic black leather suit walking onto the set of his 1968 Comeback Special.
And lastly, we see Elvis in one of his white jumpsuits, backstage with his Memphis Mafia and backing singers, ready to perform at one of his 1970s Las Vegas residencies.
The trailer concluded with the singer’s trademark symbol lightning bolt with the letters TCB, standing for “Takin’ Care of Business”.
Fans of both Elvis and Baz commented on the teaser footage, expressing huge enthusiasm for the upcoming biopic.
Elvis during his jumpsuit era in 1970s Las Vegas
taylorgillian wrote, “Hot damn, this looks really cool!” and oasissoldier said: “oh my god it’s happening. everyone stay CALM.”
Having been moved from release this autumn to June 3, 2022, Warner Bros has once again pushed the Elvis movie back to June 24, 2022.
Much of the biopic will take place in the USA, however, the film was shot in Queensland, Australia, with The King’s home of Graceland being recreated on set.
The upcoming movie also co-stars Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, the only wife of Elvis from 1967-1973, who is also mother to The King’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley.
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Additionally, Elvis’ parents Vernon and Gladys Presley are played by Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh.
Baz’ movie is the first-ever cinematic biopic of The King, having previously been portrayed on TV by the likes of Jonathan Rhys-Meyers and Kurt Russell.
The latter’s first film role was opposite the real-life ELvis in 1963’s It Happened at the World’s Fair, in which he was required to kick the star in the shin a number of times.
Elvis hits exclusively hits cinemas on June 24, 2022.
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