Olivia DeJonge to play Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic
Deadline is reporting that Olivia DeJonge (The Visit, The Society, The Sisterhood of the Night) will be starring in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic as Priscilla Presley, who was married to the iconic singer from 1967 to 1973. She was also the chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE).
“Olivia is capable of manifesting the complex depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley an icon in her own right. She’s an extremely talented young actor and the perfect counterpoint to Austin’s Elvis,” said Luhrmann.
Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, The Dead Don’t Die) is starring in the lead role as Elvis alongside Oscar winner Tom Hanks (A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood, The Post), who is playing Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.
The movie will explore the life and music of Elvis through his complicated relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Parker discovered Presley when he was just an unknown and quickly moved in as his lone representation. Parker was responsible for various milestones, including Presley’s record deal with RCA and his successful acting career.
The currently untitled Elvis biopic will be co-written by Luhrmann, who will direct, and BAFTA winner Craig Pearce (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge!). Luhrmann will also produce alongside Oscar winner Catherine Martin (The Great Gatsby), Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick, and Schuyler Weiss. Andrew Mittman will serve as an executive producer
It was previously reported that the budget for the project is still being ironed out. The Warner Bros. movie will begin shooting early next year in Queensland, Australia, with the film slated for an October 1, 2021 release.
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