I wouldn’t be at all surprised if a George Michael film was commissioned, nor one about The Beatles, The Rolling Stones or the Beach Boys. And they’d all be in the same cinematic universe for a huge crossover event in eleven years.
Bob Geldof is the Nick Fury of that universe, pulling them all together for the Live Aid initiative.
Mind you, isn’t that how Bohemian Rhapsody ended?
I’m digressing. In news that will shock nobody, an Elvis biopic is one the way that will focus on both the mercurial musician and his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
Tom Hanks has already been pulled in the play the latter, with the film directed by Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann, but attention is now on who will play the titular Elvis.
In the running are actors such as Ansel Elgort (Baby Driver) and Miles Teller (Whiplash), but the favourite to take on the role is one Harry Styles, who you’ll obviously know from the world of music and Dunkirk.
As Deadline have it, Luhrmann screen-tested a number of actors sometime last week to evaluate their compatibility to play Elvis and reports state that Aaron Taylor-Johnson – who has played John Lennon in Nowhere Boy – is also in the running.
The film is said to focus on Presley’s rise to fame, as well as his relationship with Hanks’ Colonel Tom Parker, who famously made obscene amounts of money, fairly immorally, after the singer’s untimely death.
Previously, names like Val Kilmer, Kurt Russell, Michael Shannon and Jonathan Rhys Meyers have portrayed Elvis, with the latter winning a Golden Globe for his performance.
I do like Harry Styles as a person and I think he’s a good actor, but maybe he should be reserved for playing Mick Jagger? Give Elvis to Elgort, I say…
The role is expected to be filled within the coming weeks.
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