Baz Luhrmann directs this Elvis Presley biopic
From the hand of Baz Luhrmann, came »Elvis», the drama starring Austin Butler and Tom Hanks that explores the singer’s life and music through the prism of his complicated relationship with Colonel Tom Parker, played by Hanks, his enigmatic manager.
The film covers more than 20 years of the life of the King of Rock and Roll
A relationship that spans more than 20 years, from the singer’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, in the context of the cultural revolution and the loss of innocence in the United States.
A cast full of great stars
To play other iconic musicians, Luhrmann has cast singer/songwriter Yola as sister Rosetta Tharpe, model Alton Mason as Little Richard, Texan Gary Clark Jr. as Arthur Crudup, and artist Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae «Big Mama» Thornton.
»Elvis» nominated for eight Oscars
»Elvis» is nominated for a total of 8 Oscars: Best Picture; Best Actor in a Leading Role; Best Sound; Best Production Design; Best Cinematography; Best Makeup and Hairstyling; Best Costume Design; and Best Editing.
Curiosities of »Elvis»
With less than a week to go until the 95th Oscar Awards take place, it’s time to get to know some of the curiosities of one of the films of the year 2022.
An acclaimed director
World premiere at the 75th edition of the Cannes Fetsival, »Elvis» marks the return to the big screen of director Baz Luhrmann after 9 long years. The director has already made major productions such as »Moulin Rouge», »The Great Gatsby», »Australia» or »Romeo+Juliet». The world of cinema has missed him and he has returned in style.
Austin Butler’s big break
Actor Austin Butler had a career strongly linked to youth and children’s narratives, an image from which he has been gradually detaching himself, but it was not until he landed the starring role in »Elvis» that his work as an actor was recognized worldwide.
More than five months of character preparation
The actor has given the best of himself to play Elvis Presley, so much so that he spent more than five months preparing the character, working and rehearsing directly with the director. Long months of work in which he had to correct his attitude and interpretation, even his body movements and physical preparation to give life to the king of rock and roll.
12 weeks to create the main film set
It took more than 12 weeks in the film’s production to build the main film set space for »Elvis,» Bale Street in Memphis, Tennessee. All of this time was spent building the space and perfecting it for maximum authenticity. The exact reconstruction of what the space looked like in the 50s, 60s and 70s was done, including the cars. It took the acquisition of more than 300 vehicles for the filming of the movie.
Tom Hanks spent a lot of time with the hair and makeup team.
Tom Hanks needed three to five hours with the hair and makeup team to achieve the look of Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager.
One of the success stories of 2022
The film has been one of the most successful films of the year 2022, winning the hearts of viewers and critics alike. At the moment it has accumulated more than twenty awards. Now we will have to wait until March 12 to find out if it will win any of the most coveted statuettes in the film industry.