Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that principal photography for its upcoming Elvis movie will begin on September 23. Directed by Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!), the musical drama is about the life and music of Elvis Presley.
Seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker, the Elvis movie stars Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in…Hollywood) as Elvis, Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, Forrest Gump) as Colonel Tom Parker and Olivia DeJonge (Stray Dolls) as Priscilla Presley.
Looking forward to getting to work after the lengthy delay, Luhrmann stated, “We’re back to, as Elvis liked to say, ‘taking care of business!’ It is a real privilege in this unprecedented global moment that Tom Hanks has been able to return to Australia to join Austin Butler and all of our extraordinary cast and crew to commence production on ‘Elvis.’
“I cannot emphasize enough how lucky we feel in the current climate that the state of Queensland, and Queenslanders in general, have been so supportive of this film.”
Luhrmann added: “We thank our partners in the Queensland Government and Queensland Health for their extremely diligent process, so that we can be an example how creativity and productivity can proceed safely and responsibly in a way that protects our team and the community at large.
“We are all excited to start working with Tom Hanks when he is out of quarantine in two weeks.”
The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.
Luhrmann directs from the current screenplay written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce. Luhrmann is also producing the film, alongside Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick and Schuyler Weiss, with Andrew Mittman executive producing.
The director’s behind-the-scenes creative team includes director of photography Mandy Walker (Mulan, Australia), Oscar-winning production designer and costume designer Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge!), editors Matt Villa (The Great Gatsby, Australia) and Jonathan Redmond (The Great Gatsby) and composer Elliott Wheeler (The Get Down).
Principal photography for the Elvis movie will take place in Queensland, Australia with the support of the Queensland Government, Screen Queensland and the Australian Government’s Producer Offset program.
The film will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures.