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Baz Luhrmann names actor who will star in Elvis Presley biopic

Austin Butler, who is 27, will play the King.

This combination photo shows singer-actor Elvis Presley in a 1964 photo, left, and actor Austin Butler who will play him in a movie (AP)
This combination photo shows singer-actor Elvis Presley in a 1964 photo, left, and actor Austin Butler who will play him in a movie (AP)

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic has found its King.

After a competitive casting contest, 27-year-old actor Austin Butler has been cast as Presley.

Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles and Miles Teller all reportedly tested for the role ultimately won by Butler, who last year appeared in the Denzel Washington Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh.

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Elvis Presley (Elvis Presley Enterprises/AP)

Luhrmann said in a statement that through “a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures”.

Production is to begin early next year on the Luhrmann-directed film.

Tom Hanks co-stars as Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.

Butler also has a role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Once Upon A Time … In Hollywood.

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