Elvis tells the story of Elvis Presley’s (Austin Butler) life and career, starting with when he first meets Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks), who became his manager. It then shows Elvis’ rise to success, as well as the controversy over the way he performs. Due to the controversy, Colonel Parker tries to recreate Presley’s image as a movie star and later as a family-friendly entertainer. However, throughout the film there are multiple times when Presley ignores what Parker wants and decides to perform the way he wants to instead. Eventually, Presley’s success leads to him performing in Las Vegas.
Over the course of Presley’s career, his relationship with Colonel Parker becomes more complicated as he learns more about the truth of his manager and his motivations. The film also looks at Presley’s personal life and struggles, including the relationship with his wife Priscilla (Olivia DeJonge). It is also set in the backdrop of important historical events including the assassinations of Martin Luther King Jr. and Robert Kennedy. The film also starred Helen Thomson as Presley’s mother Gladys and Richard Roxburgh as his father Vernon.
In addition to directing, Luhrmann also co-wrote the screenplay with Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner. Luhrmann’s previous directing work includes 2013’s The Great Gatsby, 2008’s Australia, and 2001’s Moulin Rouge!. Catherine Martin, Gail Berman, Patrick McCormick, Schuyler Weiss, Toby Emmerich, Courtenay Valenti and Kevin McCormick were executive producers for the film.
Elvis will be available for digital purchase and Video OnDemand rental on August 9. It will be released on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and DVD on September 13. In the meantime, check out the full list of bonus features below, as well as Our Source’s interview with Butler below:
- Bigger Than Life: The Making of Elvis
- Rock ‘N Roll Royalty: The Music & Artists Behind Elvis
- Fit for a King; The Style of Elvis
- Viva Australia: Recreating Iconic Locations for Elvis
- “Trouble” Lyric Video