A biopic about the late Elvis Presley is currently in the works, courtesy of Baz Luhrmann and Warner Bros., because there haven’t been nearly enough movies and TV shows about Elvis. Deadline and The Hollywood Reporter say that Baz and Warner Bros. are currently testing several actors for the part of Elvis, and they have a list of the five actors who could potentially shake their hips and mumble “Thunkyuh vurry mush” over the deafening sound of teen girl screams.
If you’re a pretty brunette white boy in his mid-20s who has ever had a dream to make it as a movie star, now is the time to grab a Greyhound ticked and get your ass to Hollywood. Because it’s obvious from these potential candidates that there’s some kind of brown-haired pretty boy deficit at the moment.
We’ve got the go-to pretty boy Ansel Elgort. Moody pretty boy Miles Teller. Musical pretty boy Harry Styles. Older pretty boy Aaron Taylor-Johnson. And new-ish pretty boy Austin Butler. The only person missing is Timothée Chalamet. I’m sure he’s tearing a strip off his agent as we speak. “Excuse me, but I suppose maybe you were in some kind of coma that made you miss the call informing you that brown-haired pretty boys were needed???”
Sources say that Baz did screen tests last weekend, and will reportedly make a casting decision by next week. Whoever lands the part will act opposite of Tom Hanks, who has been cast as Elvis’ manager, Coloner Tom Parker. The film is reportedly about Elvis’ rise to stardom and massive success, as well as his relationship with Col. Tom, who tightly controlled his money and career.
Both Deadline and THR point out that Ansel, Miles, Harry, Aaron, and Austin all have experience with music. Ansel plays Tony in the upcoming West Side Story remake. Aaron played John Lennon in Nowhere Boy. Harry was in One Direction. Austin was a former Nickelodeon and Disney Channel child star who plays guitar and piano. And Miles…well, Miles has attempted to sing before.
Based on looks, I’d say that Miles has it (based on looks only). But more important than which brunette actor will play Elvis is who will be cast as Priscilla Presley! Baz Luhrmann’s list better have only one name that reads: LANA DEL REY. Trust me Baz, you can’t do any better than the world’s most-committed semi-professional Priscilla cosplayer.