Austin Butler Is Playing Elvis Presley in a New Biopic, and the Resemblance Deserves a Look
Austin Butler is getting ready to take on the role of a lifetime: the "King of Rock and Roll." The 27-year-old is set to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann's new biopic about the legendary singer.
Though this will surely be Butler's biggest movie role yet, he's been in the spotlight for quite some time now. He got his start on Nickelodeon and Disney Channel shows like Zoey 101 and Wizards of Waverly Place before landing a starring role on Freeform's Switched at Birth. He is also well known for playing Sebastian Kydd on The CW's Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries. He is also set to play the infamous Manson cult member Charles "Tex" Watson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, which will be released on July 26.
Butler was chosen out of five big names for the role of Elvis, including singer Harry Styles, Baby Driver's Ansel Elgort, Aaron Taylor-Johnson from the Avengers franchise, and Miles Teller, known for his roles in Divergent and Fantastic Four.
In addition to Butler's Elvis, Tom Hanks is also set to play Elvis's talent manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The soon-to-be-titled film will focus on the relationship between a young Elvis rising to fame under the thumb of his controlling, yet successful, manager Parker. Shooting has already began in Queensland, Australia. Get a closer look at the actors who are vying for the role ahead.