Someone just got upped to the A-list in Hollywood!
The drama “will delve into their complex dynamic spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America.”
Butler, well known for his television work on series like Switched at Birth and The Carrie Diaries, recently made his Broadway debut in 2018 opposite Denzel Washington in Eugene O’Neill’s The Iceman Cometh, directed by George C. Wolfe.
It was Butler’s performance on stage in The Iceman Cometh that sealed the deal for Luhrmann:
“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,” said Luhrmann in a statement. “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.”
Butler is also recognizable as Vanessa Hudgens’ long-term partner.
The unnamed biopic starts shooting in Australia next year.