Maggie Gyllenhaal Cast In Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley Biopic | Film News


Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming Elvis Presley biopic, simply titled Elvis, already has it’s King in the form of relative unknown Austin Butler.


Thus it’s no surprise that producers went hunting for bigger names to co-star. They’ve already hired Tom Hanks to play Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, and they’ve found another in the form of Maggie Gyllenhaal, who has signed on to play Presley’s mother, Gladys.


The film will reportedly focus on Elvis’ dramatic journey from poverty to superstardom. Along the way, he remained incredibly devoted to Gladys, with the singer always taking care of her even during the pinnacle of his stardom. A stardom which unfortunately exacerbated Gladys’ eventual descent into depression.


Gyllenhaal recently finished up her run on HBO’s adult film industry-set drama The Deuce, and has always been a consummate pro usually the beating heart of many of the films she’s in. This will be Luhrmann’s first feature film since 2013’s The Great Gatsby.


Music biopics are very in right now thanks to the box office and awards success of movies such as Bohemian Rhapsody, Rocketman and Judy. While successful, the criticism against many of them has been the clichéd and stereotypical narrative beats they employ, with the artists able to be essentially swapped in and out to fit into pretty much the same story.


Hopefully that’s not the case here. Luhrmann may have his detractors, but if he can bring the sort of vibrancy and aesthetics he conjured up on something like Moulin Rouge!, then Elvis will stand out from the pack of biopics like the man himself stood out from the rest of the music world.



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