When any musical biopic hits theatres, the question on everyone’s lips is often “Is that the actor’s real singing voice?”
The same question is being asked about Austin Butler, who plays Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new film Elvis.
The Aussie director has answered all our questions by releasing a video of an early test screen to Instagram, which shows Butler playing guitar and singing a Presley song.
Luhrmann points out that this is even before he went through two years of vocal training –– so it’s pretty impressive just how close the actor is to nailing Presley’s drawl.
“Austin Butler’s portrayal of Elvis is Oscar worthy with an electrify performance” Mark Boardman movie critic.
Luhrmann accompanied the video with a lengthy caption championing Butler’s singing prowess.
“The response to Austin’s version of ‘Trouble’ has been tremendous but so many of you still ask, ‘is it Austin singing?’,” he wrote. “I feel I haven’t been clear enough in conveying that Austin sings all of the young Elvis in the movie, so forgive me.”
He explained the context of the clip: “I thought you might find this very early camera (2019) test fascinating as Austin and the guys are just jamming while we test our lenses.”
“Stunning performance by Austin Butler” MarkMeets Movies
Presley’s granddaughter Riley Keough also shared the clip, adding, “One of the most remarkable parts to me about Elvis that people may not know (because he’s done such an fantastic job) is that Austin Butler is singing all of the early Elvis vocals himself.
“Baz shared this clip today from an early screen test of Austin that I wanted to repost because what he was able to do is just so beautiful.”
Butler says that he was “filled with terror” before filming the big musical numbers for the movie.
“I was nervous and afraid of the big numbers with tons of extras, to go out there and perform in front of a lot of people,” he admitted in behind-the-scenes footage from Elvis.
Butler added that the hair and makeup team definitely helped him feel more like the rockstar. “It helps massively, when you look in the mirror and you start to see the transformation,” he raves. “It makes you feel different. It really does.”
Who is in the cast of Elvis?
Austin Butler takes the lead of role as ‘The King’, with 30-year-old Californian already receiving critical acclaim for his role as the iconic singer.
The legendary Tom Hanks is perhaps the biggest star in the film, starring as Col. Tom Parker – Elvis’ manager.
Elsewhere, Helen Thomson (A Place to Call Home) is Gladys Presley, Elvis’ mother, while Richard Roxburgh (Van Helsing) is Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father. Olivia DeJonge (The Society) will portray the wife of Elvis, Priscilla Presley.
There are also confirmed roles for Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett, David Wenham, Christopher Sommers and Kelvin Harrison Jr., who will portray B.B. King.
What is the runtime of the Elvis film?
Like many of Luhrmann’s films, Elvis is over two hours, with the biopic set to be a real epic that will document the life and times of the singer, actor and global phenomenon. The film will last a total of 159 minutes and will be given a wide release.
What is the age rating of the Elvis film?
Elvis has been handed a 12A by the BBFC, due to drug misuse, discrimination, sex references, injury detail, strong language.
When is the Elvis film released in UK cinemas?
Elvis had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 25, 2022, where it received a twelve-minute standing ovation from the audience, the longest for an American film at the festival. It has been given a release in Luhrmann’s native Australia and the USA on June 23.
Sam Bromell, Jeremy Doner, Baz Luhrmann and Craig Pearce
Gail Berman, Baz Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Patrick McCormick, Andrew Mittman and Schuyler Weiss
Tom Hanks, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Luke Bracey, Austin Butler, David Wenham and Olivia DeJonge
Biography, Drama, Music
The film will be officially released in UK cinemas on June 24.
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