Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller Among Top Contenders to Star in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Film: Report
Who will be The King? That's what Baz Luhrmann has to decide.
Casting remains underway for the director's upcoming film about Elvis Presley and his manager Colonel Tom Parker. While Luhrmann has locked down Tom Hanks to play Parker, he's still looking for his Elvis. As of now, four top contenders have emerged, according to Deadline.
Lurhmann is reportedly deciding between Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Austin Butler, and Harry Styles. He tested their singing, dancing, and acting abilities last weekend, and Deadline's sources indicate that they didn't make it easy for Lurhmann to choose between them. Still, he intends to make his decision by next week, per the publication.
Interestingly, none of these actors is exactly the newcomer Lurhmann was previously said to be looking for. Elgort had a breakout year in 2014 when he starred in "The Fault in Our Stars" and the Divergent series. He has since starred in "Baby Driver," "November Criminals," and "Billionaire Boys Club," among others. Teller was one of Elgort's "Divergent" co-stars, and his work also includes films such as "Thank You for Your Service" and the upcoming "Top Gun: Maverick." Meanwhile, Butler has numerous TV roles on his resume and stars in the star-studded "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood," which is due out in late July. Compared to the others, Styles has the least acting experience, but he is still well-known for his music career.
It'll be interesting to see whom Lurhmann picks. Whoever gets the role will star alongside Hanks in a film written by Craig Pearce that follows Presley's rise with Parker's guidance.