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Elvis Movie: New Trailer for King of Rock Biopic

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is set to premiere in U.S. theaters this summer on June 24, 2022. The film will be a biopic of the rock star’s rise to popularity and his personal and professional relationships. Recently, the new official final trailer was released where we can see a very young Elvis, interpreted by Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) taking his first steps on the road to stardom.

“In that moment, Elvis the man was sacrificed and Elvis the God was born,” is the line that introduced the final trailer. Directed by Baz Luhrmann, the movie will center around the rock legend’s relationship with his manager, Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks.

Luhrmann’s flamboyant esthetic and visual energy is ever-present as the trailer brings us to the 50s to tell us about the moment the icon was born and his complicated relationship with colonel Tom Parks, who knew “nothing about music” but could understand Elvis had a unique magnetism.

The movie will also explore Elvis’ relationship with his wife Priscilla Presley, who would become one of the most influential people in the artist’s life. Priscilla herself, who had the chance to see the movie before its official theater release, has given the movie her seal of approval, saying that she “relived every moment in this film.” “It took me a few days to overcome the emotions, as it did with Lisa,” she said, referring to her and Elvis’s daughter Lisa Marie Presley.

Priscilla also praised director Baz Luhrmann, as well as the film’s stars, including Tom Hanks, Austin Butler, and Olivia DeJonge, who portrays Priscilla herself, calling the project “beautifully done.”

Austin Butler also shines in the movie. The actor has revealed in the past that he did voice coaching for a year before the shooting started because he wanted his voice to match that of Elvis perfectly. “When I began the process, I set out to get my voice to be identical. That instills fear. So that got the fire burning,” Austin said in an interview.

Elvis Presley’s granddaughter, who did not get the chance to meet him in person, has also seen the movie already. She acknowledged all the work that Luhrmann and the cast put into the movie to get it right, and she said she felt emotional from the very first minutes.

“I started crying five minutes in and didn’t stop. There’s a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started around then for our family. I felt honored they worked so hard to really get his essence, to feel his essence. Austin captured that so beautifully.” Fans of Luhrmann’s previous work will be happy to know that although this story deals with the very real work and personal dynamics of the music legend, there is definitely a lot of that colorful hyperrealism that we’ve seen in Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby.

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