Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic arrives next month – and the second trailer for the film has just launched.
The second trailer has arrived for Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, the Australian filmaker’s biopic of Elvis Presley, the musical legend. Set for release on June 24th, Elvis stars Once Upon A Time In Hollywood‘s Austin Butler in the title role whilst Tom Hanks will play Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s divisive manager. Whilst this relationship seems to be at the heart of the film, the second trailer focuses more on the impact of Presley’s culturally-seismic hip-shaking and the moral panic that engulfed white, middle-class America as a result.
Musical biopics of major musical icons have generally done exceedingly well over the last few years (with one or two exceptions) and with Elvis being helmed by one of the world’s foremost directors when it comes to fusing music and cinema, you’d expect it to hold plenty of promise. The second trailer certainly boasts plenty of Luhrmann’s trademark bursts of kinetic energy, colour and spectacle that we’ve come to expect, not to mention some fusing of Presley’s music with more modern tracks. That could well be an affectation adopted purely for the trailers though, although we have seen the filmmaker make incongruous musical choices before in films like The Great Gatsby.
The movie is set to release on June 24th, with the cast being rounded out by actors playing other members of Presley’s inner circle, including Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley, Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh as Elvis’ parents and Luke Bracey, David Wenham, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Xavier Samuel, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Dacre Montgomery, Leon Ford, Natasha Bassett and Yola also co-starring.
We’ll leave you with the synopsis and the trailer below.
Elvis is Oscar-nominated filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s musical drama about the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. Central to that journey is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.
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