In front of her Cannes film festival creation, Baz Luhrmann Elvis to another trailer. This time around, the trailer digs deeper into the scandalous side of Elvis Presley (played by Austin Butler), and how his manager Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks) used mania to make him a star.
In the opening trailer, we see Butler as Elvis defiantly wiggles a finger on stage, fanning the flames of controversy. His stage performances are sending shockwaves across the country, as people decry the depravity of his hip movements. People want to shoot the man, but shit! He was born to wiggle, wiggle and shake! Butler really delivers his performance of young Elvis, who received the seal of approval by those who knew Presley.
Gatsby the magnificent Baz Luhrmann wrote Elvis alongside Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce and Jeremy Donner. Lurhmann is directing the film which also stars Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, Dacre Montgomery as Steve Binder, David Wenham as Hank Snow and The power of the dog Kodi Smit-McPhee as singer-songwriter Jimmie Rodgers.
Actor Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis, recently watched the feature with Priscilla and Lisa Marie Presley. During Women in motion in Cannes discussion, she described looking at Elvis as a “very emotional experience”, admitting that she cried throughout the screening.
“In the first five minutes, I could feel all the work that Baz and Austin put into trying to get it right. It immediately moved me,” Keough said. “I started crying five minutes later and I haven’t stopped. There’s a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started around this time for our family. I felt honored that they worked so hard to really get his essence, to feel his essence. Austin captured this so well.
Elvis premieres in theaters on June 24, before arriving on HBO Max 45 days later.