‘Elvis’ world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival

“Elvis,” Baz Luhrmann’s drama about the rock and roll legend starring Austin Butler (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”) and Tom Hanks, will have its world premiere at the Cannes Film Festival, Variety confirmed.

The movie currently has a June 24 release date, which means it couldn’t open the festival unless Warner Bros. Pictures only decides to bow it on May 17 to launch the 75th edition. Cannes introduced new rules several years ago that require every opening night film to be released the same day in French theaters.

Luhrmann previously opened the Côte d’Azur festival in style with “Moulin Rouge!” in 2001 and “The Great Gatsby” in 2013.

Besides Butler, who plays the King, and Hanks, who plays Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s manager, the cast also includes Olivia DeJonge and Natasha Bassett. The trailer was released last month to positive buzz.

Luhrmann’s first film since “The Great Gatsby”, “Elvis” explores the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager. The story delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning more than 20 years, from Presley’s rise to stardom to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the changing cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America. At the center of this journey is one of the most important and influential people in Elvis’ life, Priscilla Presley (DeJonge). Luhrmann wrote the screenplay with Craig Pearce.

Variety predicted the film would play at Cannes, along with George Miller’s “Top Gun” and new film “Three Thousand Years of Longing,” David Cronenberg’s “Crimes of the Future,” Hirokazu Kore-eda’s “Broker,” and Park Chanwook’s “Decision to Leave,” among others.

The official Cannes Film Festival selection will be revealed at a press conference in Paris in the second or third week of April. The festival is set to take place from May 17-28 with new sponsors including TikTok and Brut, as well as French public broadcaster France Télévisions.

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