New Elvis Trailer: Elvis the Man Becomes Elvis the God

Courtesy of Warner Bros.

A biographical film about Elvis Presley is coming to theaters next month, and in the director’s chair is Baz Luhrmann, known for films like Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. Portraying the legendary rock and roll musician is Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood). Today, Warner Bros. has released the second trailer for Elvis along with a list of artists featured in the soundtrack.

The trailer starts off with a performance when Elvis was seen as a deviant by critics, and he was kept under a watchful eye by authorities. His detractors were horrified by his performance including his hip motions, dubbing him “Elvis the Pelvis.” A judge told him to tone down his usual movements at his concert, and he mocked them by wiggling his finger in a suggestive way. The fans ate it up.

The soundtrack to Elvis will feature original songs and recordings by Elvis Aaron Presley, Austin Butler, Ann Nesby, Alton Mason, Chris Isaak, Denzel Curry, Doja Cat, Eminem & Ceelo Green, Gary Clark Jr, Jack White, Lenesha Randolph, Jazmine Sullivan, Kacey Musgraves, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Les Greene, Maneskin, Nardo Wick, Paravi, Pnau, Rufus Thomas, Shonka Dukureh, Stevie Nicks, Swae Lee & Diplo, Tame Impala and Yola.

Two of Elvis’ inspirations include Big Mama Thornton and Arthur Crudup, who will both be portrayed in the film by Shonka Dukureh and Gary Clark Jr, respectively. Their music helped catapult Elvis into stardom. Crudup’s “That’s All Right” was the song that Elvis covered during the beginning of his career and his recording of Thornton’s “Hound Dog” sold around 10 million copies worldwide.

Elvis is written by Baz Lurhmann, Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner from a story by Luhrmann and Doner. Joining Butler is Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, Helen Thomson as Elvis’ mother, Richard Roxburgh as Elvis’ father, Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, Luke Bracey as Jerry Schilling, David Wenham as Hank Snow, Kevin Harrison Jr. as B.B. King, Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jimmie Rodgers Snow, and more.

Elvis hits U.S. theaters on June 24, 2022.

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