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Elvis (2022)

Opens on June 24

Director: Baz Luhrmann Run Time: 159 min. Rating: PG-13 Release Year: 2022

Starring: Austin Butler, Dacre Montgomery, Kelvin Harrison Jr., Olivia DeJonge, Tom Hanks

Country: United States
Language: English

About the film:

The film explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker. The tumultuous story spans over 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 that story is one of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’s life, Priscilla Presley.

“[Luhrmann] converts the Elvis saga we all carry around in our heads into a lavishly staged biopic-as-pop-opera… searing us with the king’s showbiz heat and spinning his music — and how it was rooted in the genius of Black musical forms — like a mix-master across time.”

—Owen Gleiberman for Variety

About the filmmaker: 

Baz Luhrmann is an Australian director, writer, and producer with projects spanning film, television, opera, theatre, music, and recording industries. He is the most commercially successful Australian director, with four of his films in the top ten highest worldwide grossing Australian films of all time. His directorial debut was Strictly Ballroom (1992) which began his “Red Curtain Trilogy,” which also includes the romantic tragedies William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet (1996) and Moulin Rouge! (2001). His other features include Australia (2008) and The Great Gatsby (2013).

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