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After a decade of speculations about an Elvis Presley biopic, Baz Luhrmann’s movie will finally hit theaters soon. The Australian director confirmed the release date in November — and dropped the film’s first full trailer on Thursday, and that really is star Austin Butler singing in the Presley role.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Elvis took more than two years to make due to the pandemic. Co-star Tom Hanks made international headlines in March 2020 when he became among the first major stars to announce they had contracted coronavirus, which occurred during the Elvis production. The Oscar winner plays the infamous Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager. The trailer opens with Parker saying some will see him as the villain of the story.

The 30-year-old Butler was candid about the monumental task of embodying the music legend, who died in 1977 at the age of 42. “When I began the process, I set out to get my voice to be identical. That instills fear. So that got the fire burning,” Butler said. “For a year before we started shooting, I was doing voice coaching.”

Luhrmann made clear that the film features Butler’s voice for young Elvis and a blend of Butler and tapes of Presley for midlife Elvis. The movie will release on June 24, 2022.

Watch the trailer here:



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