Baz Luhrmann determined to resume production on Elvis biopic ‘as soon as the time is right’

Baz Luhrmann is determined to resume production on his Elvis Presley biopic “as soon as the time is right”.Filming on the highly-anticipated movie shut down in Australia after leading man Tom Hanks, who plays the music icon’s manager Colonel Tom Parker…

Baz Luhrmann is determined to resume production on his Elvis Presley biopic “as soon as the time is right”.

Filming on the highly-anticipated movie shut down in Australia after leading man Tom Hanks, who plays the music icon’s manager Colonel Tom Parker in the flick, was diagnosed with the coronavirus.

The Oscar-winning actor is now recovering in an Australian hotel, alongside wife Rita Wilson, who also has the virus, but director Baz has refused to re-open the set, with him telling fans that it is “not the moment to be resuming production on the film”.

“Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days,” he explained in a statement shared on social media. “All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we leave off as soon as the time is right.”

It’s not yet known if the October 2021 release date of the biopic, which is set to focus on Presley, played by Austin Butler, and his relationship with his manager, will be affected.

Many films have halted production or had their release date postponed to the Covid-19 outbreak. On Thursday, it was announced that animated sequel Minions: The Rise Of Gru would no longer be released in July due to the pandemic.

Chris Meledandri, founder and chief executive of film and animation studio Illumination, said that in response to the strict lockdown imposed on the country, he would be closing the studios indefinitely.

“This means we will be unable to finish Minions: The Rise Of Gru in time for our planned global releases,” he said in a statement.

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Elvis Presley biopic halted following Tom Hanks’ coronavirus diagnosis

Production on Tom Hanks’ upcoming Elvis Presley movie has been halted after the actor and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus.The 63-year-old took to social media on Thursday to tell fans that he and Rita were in isolation in Austr…

Production on Tom Hanks’ upcoming Elvis Presley movie has been halted after the actor and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for the coronavirus.

The 63-year-old took to social media on Thursday to tell fans that he and Rita were in isolation in Australia, upon the advice of medical officials.

“Rita and I are down here in Australia. We felt a bit tired, like we had colds, and some body aches,” he wrote on Twitter and Instagram. “Rita had some chills that came and went. Slight fevers too. To play things right, as is needed in the world right now, we were tested for the Coronavirus, and were found to be positive.”

The Oscar winner was in Australia for pre-production on director Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about Elvis, in which Tom is set to star as the rocker’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.

However, following Tom and Rita’s diagnosis, production on the movie has come to a temporary halt.

“We have been made aware that a company member from our Elvis feature film, which is currently in pre-production in The Gold Coast, Australia, has tested positive for COVID-19 (coronavirus),” a Warner Bros. spokesperson said in a statement. “We are working closely with the appropriate Australian health agencies to identify and contact anyone who may have come in direct contact with the individual. The health and safety of our company members is always our top priority, and we are taking precautions to protect everyone who works on our productions around the world. The individual who tested positive for COVID-19 is currently receiving treatment.”

It’s unclear at this stage whether Tom’s co-stars, including Austin Butler, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Rufus Sewell, have been tested for the virus.

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Vanessa Hudgens gets tattoo of naked angel

Vanessa Hudgens has added to her body art collection by getting a tattoo of a nude angel.The Bad Boys For Life star shared an image of her latest addition on Instagram on Thursday, showing off the new design on the right side of her body near her ribca…

Vanessa Hudgens has added to her body art collection by getting a tattoo of a nude angel.

The Bad Boys For Life star shared an image of her latest addition on Instagram on Thursday, showing off the new design on the right side of her body near her ribcage. It features an angel with wings wearing no clothes with a star above her head.

“Divine feminine angel. not me…. my tat. But you can call me that, if you want to. #thirstythursday @drag_ink,” Vanessa wrote alongside the picture.

The artwork received praise from Vanessa’s celebrity followers in comments, with Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland writing, “I love her. And you,” and Orange is the New Black’s Jackie Cruz posting, “Wow he’s genius.”

Vanessa, 31, also shared a video clip of the first moment she saw her tattoo, with her running over to the mirror to take a look before gasping in admiration, as renowned tattoo artist Dragon of New York City’s Bang Bang Tattoo parlour could be seen giving a thumbs up in the background.

“Lol (laugh out loud) this was the first time I saw it. I never peeked. Hilarious. I love @drag_ink so damn much. What. A. Legend,” the actress captioned the video.

The Spring Breakers star is adding to her tattoo collection after splitting from her boyfriend of more than eight years, Austin Butler, back in January.

Later that same month, Vanessa enlisted the talents of Bang Bang to etch a sunflower on the side of her left breast, and she showcased the ink in a series of racy snaps on Instagram.

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Frank Ocean and Austin Butler star in Prada campaign

Frank Ocean and Austin Butler have been tapped to star in Prada’s spring/summer 2020 menswear campaign. The Thinkin Bout You singer and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor, alongside Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, have been chosen as the latest …

Frank Ocean and Austin Butler have been tapped to star in Prada’s spring/summer 2020 menswear campaign.

The Thinkin Bout You singer and Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor, alongside Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn, have been chosen as the latest faces of the Italian luxury fashion house’s marketing imagery.

Announcing the campaign, a Prada representative explained why the trio were the perfect choices for the new promotional material.

“The Prada spring/summer 2020 menswear campaign features a trinity of contemporary creatives, pivotal cultural personalities of now and archetypes of the hyper fragmented mindset of tomorrow,” a statement reads. “Each embodies a single identity of the Prada man, one aspect, one outlook, multiplied by each image, each definition. They are representations of the legion individuals that comprise the collective.”

The stars were styled by Olivier Rizzo and photographed by David Sims at a Los Angeles photoshoot, which was creative directed by Ferdinando Verderi. They wear key pieces from the collection, which was presented at the Minsheng Art Wharf on the East Bund of Shanghai, China last June.

In the photo campaign, a black-and-white picture of each star is placed alongside a full-colour shot and the layout is completed by a vertical graphic of the label’s logo, with the word Prada serving as acronym of different and conceptual definitions of the high-fashion brand.

For example, besides Ocean’s image, Prada stands for “Programming Rhythms And Dancing Again”, while besides Butler’s, it stands for “Pursue Randomness And Dichotomies, Always”.

Explaining the acronym concept, the Prada representative wrote, “Here, words are used as a means to redefine the image, to attempt to define the indefinable – PRADA. The acronyms are influenced by abstract ideas, thoughts, notions: they provoke, sometimes adding context, sometimes positing a contradiction, always sparking thought.

“Like the words they appear alongside, these images, these men, provide a definition of Prada. Yet each leave the field open, to interpretation, and reinterpretation.”

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Olivia DeJonge to play Priscilla Presley in Elvis biopic

Olivia DeJonge is set to play Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.The Australian actress, best known for starring in Netflix show The Society, has landed the coveted role of the music icon’s wife in the upcoming drama, according to…

Olivia DeJonge is set to play Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley biopic.

The Australian actress, best known for starring in Netflix show The Society, has landed the coveted role of the music icon’s wife in the upcoming drama, according to Variety.

“Olivia is capable of manifesting the complex depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley an icon in her own right,” Luhrmann said of DeJonge. “She’s an extremely talented young actor and the perfect counterpoint to Austin’s Elvis.”

The actress, who plays Elle Tomkins in The Society, will star opposite Austin Butler, who was cast as Elvis earlier this year, and Oscar winner Tom Hanks, who is set to play the star’s manager Colonel Tom Parker.

The 21-year-old previously starred in movies including M. Night Shyamalan’s 2015 horror The Visit, teen drama The Sisterhood of the Night, and this year’s thriller Stray Dolls.

According to Variety, filming will begin in Queensland, Australia, next year.

The as-yet-untitled drama will follow Elvis’ journey from poverty-stricken singer to music icon and will document his complex relationship with his manager, which spanned over more than 20 years. It will also touch upon his controversial romance to Priscilla, who Elvis first met during his army career in 1959 when she was 14 and he was 24.

They were married from 1967 to 1973 and share one daughter, Lisa Marie.

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Ansel Elgort wasn’t ‘prepared enough’ to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic

Ansel Elgort fears he missed out on getting the chance to play Elvis Presley on the big screen because he wasn’t prepared for the audition.Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler eventually landed the role of the music icon in Baz Luhrmann’s …

Ansel Elgort fears he missed out on getting the chance to play Elvis Presley on the big screen because he wasn’t prepared for the audition.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler eventually landed the role of the music icon in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic, after beating off stiff competition from the likes of Elgort, Harry Styles, and Miles Teller.

And while Elgort was disappointed to lose out on the coveted part, the Baby Driver star revealed he was filming West Side Story at the time of his audition for Luhrmann, and now feels he wasn’t quite as prepared as Butler.

“It wasn’t a bad audition. I think it was great,” the 25-year-old told The Huffington Post. “I was in the middle of filming West Side Story, so it was a little hard. I watched a tonne of footage and memorised some of (Presley’s) interviews just to get his speech pattern down, and sang a bunch of his stuff… but I wasn’t really prepared.

“With Elvis, I think it just wasn’t right. Or so they thought. That’s fine. Baz has a vision. But now I feel like it’s no big deal. If I don’t get Elvis, that means I get to go do a play sooner.”

Elsewhere in the interview, Elgort revealed he’s had to fight for good roles during his career – including his recent movie The Goldfinch with Nicole Kidman – and even auditioned for West Side Story director Steven Spielberg multiple times to prove he could play leading man Tony.

“Everything that is a good role, you have a fight for. Goldfinch, I had to sort of fight for. I did a lot of auditions and made sure I did a good job in those auditions. Same with West Side Story. I auditioned for months and months. I kept having to go in and prove to them that I could do it,” he shared.

Luhrmann’s untitled film about Presley’s early life, also starring Tom Hanks as the singer’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, is set to be released in 2021.

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Austin Butler had 12-hour audition for Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant…

Austin Butler had an epic 12-hour audition with Quentin Tarantino to land a part in his film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

The 27-year-old plays Manson Family cult member Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, one of Charles Manson’s followers who murdered pregnant actress Sharon Tate and four other people in 1969.

Butler described the audition process as “one of the most unique experiences I’ve ever had,” and recalled to WWD that he sent the casting director a tape, not even knowing what role he was auditioning for.

“Normally you go into an audition and you’re there for 20 minutes and you’re gone. I was there for almost 12 hours, and he gave me the job at the end of the day. Which never happens,” Butler said. “We did a handshake deal at the end of the day and he said, ‘Do you want to do it?’ And I said, ‘Yes, you just made my life’ and I gave him a hug. And then I got back on a plane, went straight to the theatre and did a show that night, on a Tuesday.”

The actor, who recently appeared in Jim Jarmusch’s zombie movie The Dead Don’t Die alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver, recently won the coveted part of playing Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film about the icon and his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

Before news broke that he had beaten competition from fellow actors Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort for the role of Elvis, Butler told WWD that he had been going backwards and forwards to meetings with Luhrmann for a month.

“We’ve been sort of working together for the last month. I have signed an NDA (non-disclosure agreement), so I can’t talk about it at all, but yeah,” he shared.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Leonardo DiCaprio despised Once Upon a Time in Hollywood moustache

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside hi…

Leonardo DiCaprio kept “spitting out” his fake moustache during the filming of his new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

In Quentin Tarantino’s hotly anticipated feature, the Oscar winner takes on the part of Rick Dalton, a TV star, who, alongside his stunt double Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), try to revive their careers in the film industry at the time of the Charles Manson murders in Los Angeles in 1969.

Some scenes in the feature required DiCaprio to sport a pretend moustache for a part in a Western-themed show and later on in a Spaghetti Western, but according to make-up artist Sian Grigg, the actor struggled with the look.

“The moustache drove Leo mad, because I had to leave it really long and it always went in his mouth,” she told The Hollywood Reporter. “It was so hot out and the moustache kept going in his mouth, and he’d be spitting it out. He did the same thing in the scene as they filmed ‘off camera’ when he was supposed to be losing it a bit. It made us laugh as he kept spitting it out and the wig was quite long as well.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Grigg explained that she used WM Creations glue, a professional product used to apply facial pieces, to attach the moustache.

And the make-up expert insisted that DiCaprio’s moustache was meant to appear fake, as means of keeping in line with the setting of the flick.

“It was meant to look phony because they didn’t have good materials back then like we do now,” commented Grigg. “We were copying the style of films shot in that period and also covering Leo’s character up to look different and unrecognisable, which in the movie he’s not used to.”

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, also featuring Margot Robbie, Margaret Qualley, Austin Butler, Dakota Fanning, and Al Pacino, is now showing in U.S. cinemas.

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Austin Butler ‘profoundly honoured’ to have landed Elvis Presley role

Austin Butler feels “extraordinarily privileged” to have landed the leading role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.The 27-year-old beat out the likes of Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort to land the coveted part in the upcomi…

Austin Butler feels “extraordinarily privileged” to have landed the leading role of Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic.

The 27-year-old beat out the likes of Harry Styles, Miles Teller and Ansel Elgort to land the coveted part in the upcoming Warner Bros. flick, which chronicles the life and music of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll through the prism of his complicated relationship with his longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker, to be played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

Speaking to Entertainment Tonight at the Los Angeles premiere of Quentin Tarantino’s new movie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood on Monday, Butler gushed he is “profoundly honoured” to have landed the gig.

“I am just profoundly honoured that Baz has invited me on this journey with him,” he said. “It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”

When news of Butler’s casting broke, Luhrmann released a statement explaining how he decided on The Carrie Diaries actor for the high-profile leading role.

“I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and 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,” he shared.

Butler, who is the longtime boyfriend of actress Vanessa Hudgens, underwent months of screen tests and interviews to nab the part and the film shoot will take place early next year in Luhrmann’s native Australia.

His career seems to be the rise – he recently appeared alongside Bill Murray and Adam Driver in Jim Jarmusch’s The Dead Don’t Die and will be seen playing murderer Charles ‘Tex’ Watson, a member of the Manson family, in Tarantino’s latest project. Both films premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival in May.

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