Harry Styles rumored to play the King of Rock and Roll, Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann biopic.
Baz Luhrmann is working on his Elvis Presley biopic. Five young actors have tested for the part to play the King of Rock and Roll.
As per reports. Harry Styles has high chances to play Elvis Presley in the upcoming biopic. Oscar-winning director Baz Luhrmann is all set to steer the big-budget project. He has narrowed his lead actor selection down to five-star players only.
According to The Hollywood Report, former One Direction singer Harry took part in a screen test for Luhrmann’s project last week. Harry Styles is a serious contender to take on the desired role.
However, the singer has some real competition from Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Austin Butler. These actors have also screen tested and are still in the running. The lead role is reportedly due to be filled in the coming weeks.
Harry’s competitors and contestants, Ansel Elgort, The Fault in Our Stars and Baby Driver star who is also about to start shooting Steven Spielberg’s West Side Story. Aaron Taylor-Johnson, who appeared in Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age of Ultron; Miles Teller, the Whiplash actor who will be in the Top Gun: Maverick. Austin Butler, who is about to be seen in a breakout turn in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time In Hollywood after playing in the cast of Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die.
Moreover, screen icon Tom Hanks has already signed up to portray Col. Tom Parker, Elvis’ longtime manager who controlled every aspect of the rock n’ roll singer’s life. Elvis died in 1977 at the age of 42 following an alleged heart attack. The biopic is likely to focus on his rise to stardom alongside his close relationship with manager Parker.
Back in May, Luhrmann tweeted about finding an actor to play the iconic singer. He captioned the photo, “Still searching for Elvis…”
Still searching for Elvis… pic.twitter.com/qJodechtbk
— Baz Luhrmann (@bazluhrmann) May 18, 2019
If Harry, 25, gets the role, it will be his second major entry in Hollywood. Previously, he featured in Christopher Nolan’s war epic Dunkirk back in 2016.
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