Today we bathe in the tears of the unwanted. Miles Teller probably threw something across the room, Ansel Elgort probably filmed himself crying in the mirror, Harry Styles probably cursed mildly and made himself a cuppa, and G-Eazy probably started a bonfire with his Hawaiian shirt collection this morning upon learning the news they had all lost out on the role of a lifetime. Elvis is about to re-enter the building in the body of Austin Butler, who has been cast as Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic. Austin’s girlfriend of about 8 years, Vanessa Hudgens, posted the news on Instagram.
Director Baz Luhrmann has found his Elvis. He has set Austin Butler to play the starmaking role of Elvis Presley in the untitled drama that covers the seminal legend’s growth from dirt poor singer to global icon, seen through the prism of his complex relationship over two decades with manager Colonel Tom Parker. Latter role will be played by Tom Hanks and Warner Bros will distribute worldwide.
Despite not having been offered an audition, Scarlett Johanseen is reportedly incensed that she wasn’t offered the role, and Elvis purists have started and Twitter campaign #NotMyElvis in protest because Austin is from Anaheim and doesn’t even like bananas. But apparently, at least he can sing.
“I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist,” Luhrmann said in a statement to Deadline.
“Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”
Austin is playing Tex Watson in the soon to be released Once Upon A Time In Hollywood and can currently be seen in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die, that zombie movie starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver. Previous credits include Hannah Montana, Switched at Birth, and The Carrie Diaries. Austin is a true artist, you can tell because half of his Instagram feed is comprised of moody black and whites.
Poor Ansel should have thrown a B/W filter on some of those shots on his page. Oh well, maybe he’ll have better luck when they make Don’t You Think I’m Sexy: The Rod Stewart Story.