Elvis is finally streaming on HBO Max as fans flock to the service to watch Baz Luhrmann’s interesting biopic. Warner Bros. Discovery announced the news on social media to a chorus of cheers. Austin Butler brings The King to life in the film. Tom Hanks is also here as Colonel Tom Parker. In the earlier moments of the summer, Elvis managed to hold out Top Gun: Maverick for top spot at the box office during its debut. (That’s a pretty big deal considering the Tom Cruise sequel pretty much ate all its lunch for the past three months.) But now people can enjoy Elvis from the comfort of their homes. The reviews of the film on Rotten Tomatoes praise Butler’s performance and with this director you can expect some beautifully composed images. Check out their hilarious post announcement for HBO Max here.
Luhrman talked about why he chose Elvis as a project. It seems like this kind of story was a long-term goal for the director. “I love biopics, but this isn’t really a biopic, is it? It’s really about, for me, America in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s,” Luhrmann said. “And if you want to talk about America in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s at the center of the culture, for the good, the bad and the ugly, is a figure [like] Elvis Presley.”
—Warner Bros. Discovery (@wbd) 2 September 2022
“Like how Shakespeare would take a historical figure like a king and explore a big theme, or Amadeus isn’t really about Mozart when you learn so much about Mozart, it’s about jealousy,” he added. “What this movie is about is America in these three eras — Elvis the rebel, Elvis the highest-paid actor in Hollywood, and Elvis the the living legend, the icon captured in that hotel not 10 minutes from here, by a man named Colonel Tom Parker.”
Here is the synopsis for Warner Bros. The Discovery Film: “The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley (Butler), seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Hanks),” Warner Bros. its synopsis reads. “The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning 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 this journey is one of the most significant and influential person in Elvis’ life, Priscilla Presley (Olivia DeJonge).”
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