Baz Luhrmann Explains Why He Rejected Harry Styles For ‘Elvis’

Later this month, Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis‘ biopic will hit theaters. The movie has received mixed-to-positive reviews from critics. It also received a 10-minute standing ovation at the Cannes Film Festival… if that means anything to you.

Anyway, Austin Butler stars in the movie as Elvis Presley, and most critics are praising his performance. Even the critics who didn’t particularly care for the story, agree that Butler killed it as Elvis.

And that has to make director Luhrmann feel real good after he passed on Harry Styles for Butler. During a recent interview on an Australian podcast, the director talked about how he was in serious talks with Styles, but ultimately decided to pass on the pop star.

Harry is a really talented actor. I would work on something with him [but] the real issue with Harry is, he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon. Harry and I came to a place, genuinely I mean, he was just desperate to put the suit on and explore. He’s such a great spirit and I have nothing but great things to say about Harry Styles.

According to Luhrmann, the difference between Styles and Butler is that Styles WANTED to play Elvis…. Butler was DESTINED to play Elvis.

The thing about Austin was that he will tell you himself, I didn’t pick him: It’s as if he was drawn, like the role drew them in, because he was almost born to play it. You know, we can talk about it now, he like loses his mom at the same age that Elvis did. He sends a video to me with this thing and… He just happened like two years non-stop living and breathing as Elvis.

‘Elvis’ will hit a theater near you on June 24, 2022.

Austin Butler Claims His Body Shut Down, Bedridden For A Week After Filming ‘Elvis’ Biopic

30-year-old actor Austin Butler landed the role of his young life when he signed on to play Elvis Presley back in 2019. He spent the next two years studying for the role, even acting as if he was Elvis.

And apparently, the whole thing took a lot out of him. Once they wrapped filming in 2020, Butler claims he had to be hospitalized.

In an interview with GQ, he talked about the health emergency…

The next day [after filming wrapped] I woke up at four in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to hospital. My body just started shutting down the day after I finished ‘Elvis.’

According to Butler, he had a virus that simulated appendicitis. We’re not exactly sure what virus that would be, but he claims he was left bedridden for one week.

Sounds like the role drained him of all his energy, so hopefully it was worth it. The ‘Elvis‘ biopic, which co-stars Tom Hanks, is scheduled to hit theaters on June 24, 2022.

Check out the trailer below…

Watch Austin Butler And Tom Hanks In First Trailer For ‘Elvis’

Remember when Tom Hanks caught COVID-19 early on in the pandemic back in 2020? He was in Australia filming a movie at the time, and now two years later, that movie is set to be released.

Warner Bros. released the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s drama film, Elvis, starring Hanks and Austin Butler.

The anticipated 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).  The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning 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.

The movie also stars Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Helen Thompson, Richard Roxburgh and Natasha Bassett.

Luhrmann directed and co-wrote this film. It’s very much his baby. He had been working on the script for years before finally getting it right.

Elvis is set to hit theaters across the globe on June 22, and with so much talent involved, it’s entirely possible this film gets nominated for some awards.

Check out the trailer below. It looks pretty special.