After a long search, Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley movie has crowned Austin Butler as its King.
Luhrmann, who is directing and co-writing the biopic, shared the news on social media by tweeting Presley’s infamous mug shot next to a red carpet photo of Butler.
“I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in ‘The Iceman Cometh’ on Broadway,” Luhrmann said in a statement. Reports suggest several actors were tested in full makeup and hair for the role including Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson and Miles Teller.
It was previously announced that Tom Hanks would play the hip-shaking rock icon’s notoriously controlling manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The Warner Bros. film is said to concentrate on this complicated relationship and will be split into two parts, the first concentrating on Presley’s early success and then his life after 35.