(ANSA) – ROME, JUN 19 – It is one of the most anticipated films of the season and after the triumphal premiere in Cannes it arrives in cinemas from June 22 with Warner Bros ‘ELVIS’ by Baz Luhrmann, ready to make us dance on the chairs to the rhythm of rock ‘n roll and get excited. There is all the cinema of Luhrmann, the director of Moulin Rouge! and the Great Gatsby, applied to Presley’s biography and it does not disappoint: the life of this artist who changed the history of music and was a victim of himself, who died prematurely at the age of 42, is told with that overwhelming phantasmagoric mix full of rhythm, of colors, of adrenaline which has always been the stylistic code of the Australian director. And above all, it’s a great big screen cinematic show. Do we think we know all about the Mississippi singer raised in gospel with black kids? Luhrmann manages to bring out more, entrusting the point of view to Colonel Tom Parker, his enigmatic discoverer who was not a colonel at all. A meeting-clash in which the much more important father-son bond overlaps the business bond.

Is Elvis Austin Butler, now a hot new star in Hollywood? 30 years old, actor, singer, model says: “I spent two years of my life preparing for this role, trying to learn everything that could be done about him, I worked on the likeness, on the hair, on the style, on the look and of course about the movements in which Elvis was truly unique, but what I wanted most of all was to bring out his special soul. I risked being obsessed with him to try to restore his humanity behind the rock icon we all know. “. If Butler remembers Elvis, Tom Hanks has completely transformed, almost unrecognizable, to play the manager who discovered him in 1955 as a very young white talent with gospel in his blood and the spiritual ecstasy of southern blacks.

Overweight, with a persuasive little voice and a Mephistophelic gaze, Hanks is Elvis’ handler, Tom Parker, who has managed almost his entire career with a commission of 50%, also responsible according to some for his demise. “I have never been afraid of the character, it is my job as an actor to put myself in someone else’s shoes. What I did was not to judge him, but to interpret him, even in its nuances, on the border between good and evil that also it belonged “, explains Hanks, two Oscars and a career studded with mostly kind, positive characters like in Forrest Gump or The Terminal to name two among the many. “He was a scammer, a scoundrel with a habit of playing cards, but also a person with extraordinary intuition. History should give Parker what he owes him for helping to create the phenomenon that was Elvis Presley. “. Tom Parker meets Presley as a young boy who performs in the South, making women howl and has an intuition: to transform that talent into a worldwide mass phenomenon. At all costs.

Twenty years which are also the symbol of the change in the American way of life, puritanism and civil rights, an evolving cultural landscape, the killings of Marthin Luther King and Robert Kennedy, the loss of innocence in America. And that’s what Luhrmann’s Elvis tells us, a life on a roller coaster led in a pink Cadillac with immortal songs and music.

Starring alongside Butler and Hanks, Helen Thomson as Elvis’ mother, Gladys; Richard Roxburgh as Elvis’ father Vernon, while Olivia DeJonge plays Priscilla. The principal filming of “Elvis” took place in Queensland, Australia. The Måneskin soundtrack with their version of Elvis Presley’s iconic hit, ‘If I Can Dream’, features Elvis’ stunning mix of masterpieces, spanning the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s celebrating also his diverse musical influences and lasting impact on today’s artists. (HANDLE).

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