Since news of Baz Luhrmann’s screen testing for the lead role in his forthcoming Elvis biopic broke, fans can’t stop speculating who will get to play the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll in the as-yet-untitled “Presley Project”, making it one of the most anticipated films currently in pre-production.
Trying out for the role of the iconic singer are Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Austin Butler, and Harry Styles.
Ansel Elgort, who took the lead in The Fault in Our Stars, is currently filming West Side Story, the Spielberg big screen incarnation of the 1957 musical. The incredible stunts the young star pulled in Baby Driver made him one of a crowd favourite, and his retro look makes the idea of getting the part in the Elvis biopic seem not so farfetched.
Miles Teller, best known for his outstanding job in Whiplash, and Marvel’s Fantastic Four is another young hunk in the running for the epic part. It’s been rumoured that Teller’s pitch of the voice is similar to the late singer’s and he won the hearts of the audience in the romantic flick The Spectacular Now, which is another talent Teller shares with one the greatest rock ‘n’ roll star who ever lived.
Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who starred in Kick-Ass, directed by Matthew Vaughn, is the next contender. Despite some claims that he is a million miles away from Presley’s style and swag, he does have a couple of aces up his sleeve. The British stud made his breakthrough in Nowhere Boy, filling the shoes of the late John Lennon, and won the Golden Globe for the amazing work he did in Tom Ford’s Nocturnal Animals.
Then there’s Austin Butler, the least known name on the list. He was featured in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and took part in a zombie comedy, The Dead Don’t Die, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch.
The last one to join the draw is Harry Styles. A former member of One Direction, when the group went on a hiatus in 2016, he embarked on his acting career. He then took part in the 2017 historical action drama Dunkirk, surprising the audience with an excellent performance (albeit with very little dialogue).
Baz Luhrmann is the Aussie legend who brought us the phenomenal jazzy spectacle, The Great Gatsby, musical smasher Moulin Rouge and his timeless take on Romeo + Juliet. Over the years he earned our trust, claiming the title of one of the most creative directors on the scene time and time again, making the excitement for his latest cinematic endeavour even greater. Just who will it be in the titular role?