‘Elvis’ causes sensation at Cannes Film Festival premiere

CANNES, France (AP) — Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” shook hips at the Cannes Film Festival on Wednesday, debuting a grand and glitzy portrayal of the rock ‘n’ roll legend from Memphis on the French Riviera .

Luhrmann’s film, Hollywood’s biggest and flashiest film making its world premiere at Cannes, brought Tom Hanks and Austin Butler, who plays Presley, to the famous Cannes red carpet. Priscilla Presley, Presley’s ex-wife, who enthusiastically endorsed Luhrmann’s film, also joined them.

At a festival seeking to shrug off two years of the pandemic, expectations were high that Luhrmann, who also premiered “The Great Gatsby” at Cannes, would throw Cannes’ biggest and most extravagant party.

“Elvis,” however, isn’t just a big-screen tribute to Presley. It focuses on the singer’s long and tortured relationship with manager Tom Parker (played by Hanks), a former carnival worker whose control over Presley has been widely criticized as unethical and harmful to Presley.

Warner Bros. “Elvis” will be released in theaters on June 24.

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