EXCLUSIVE: Director Baz Luhrmann Says Austin Butler Is ‘Phenomenal’ As Elvis Presley In Upcoming Biopic – And His Performance Will Turn Him Into A ‘Superstar’
He is one of Australia’s top directors, whose critically acclaimed films make cast members household names.
And on Wednesday, Baz Luhrmann had nothing but praise for Austin Butler as he first considered his portrayal of Elvis Presley.
Speaking to Daily Mail Australia, the 59-year-old said he was very impressed with Butler’s portrayal of the legendary singer and feels his performance will put him on the map.
He’s a star! Baz Luhrmann, 59, (pictured) had nothing but praise for American actor Austin Butler when he first considered his portrayal of Elvis Presley
“I’m not going to make Austin anything,” he said when asked if the film would turn him into a megastar.
“Austin is going to make himself a superstar, he’s phenomenal in the movie.”
“I don’t normally say anything about the performances in my movies, but he’s phenomenal.”
Look after! “Austin is going to make himself a superstar, he’s phenomenal in the movie,” he told Daily Mail Australia on Wednesday at the 2021 AACTA Awards. Austin Butler is pictured
It comes just weeks after Luhrmann took to Twitter to reveal the short sneak peek, which offered the first, brief glimpse of Butler as the King of Rock and Roll.
While the sneak peek doesn’t offer a glimpse of Butler’s face, the actor has been seen sporting some of Elvis’ iconic looks over the years.
Elvis Monday. Just a little something to let you good folks know that we’re settling in on June 24, 2022,” Luhrmann said using the hashtags #Elvis #TCB.
First Look: Baz took to Twitter last month to reveal the short sneak peek, which offers a first, brief glimpse of Butler as the King of Rock and Roll
The video opens with a shot of Elvis standing alone amid what appears to be a carnival, as a man approaches behind him in a cowboy hat, which could very well be the character of Tom Hanks, Elvis’ longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker.
He was then seen walking around backstage in his classic black leather jacket, while the last photo shows him in another classic Elvis look, his white jumpsuit.
The video then featured Elvis’ iconic TCB – Taking Care of Business logo, the name of his band.
The video ends with the confirmation of the untitled biopic’s US release date – June 24, 2022, with the Australian date yet to be announced.
Elvis Monday: ‘Elvis Monday. Just a little something to let you good folks know that we’re settling in on June 24, 2022,” Luhrmann said using the hashtags #Elvis #TCB