Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, Harry Styles & More in the Running to Play Elvis Presley for ‘Moulin Rouge’ Director

/Film | 7/2/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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Joining the surge of musical biopics in the works following the box office and awards success of Bohemian Rhapsody is an Elvis Presley biopic from Moulin Rouge and The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann. But who will play the King of Rock and Roll? Warner Bros. Pictures has been testing a handful of actors to figure that out. Let’s break them down below.

The Hollywood Reporter has word on Warner Bros. rounding up some of the more popular young actors on the scene today. But there are also a couple of surprising entries in the running too.

First - Ansel - Elgort - Actor - Splash

First up, there’s Ansel Elgort. The actor made a splash with roles in movies like The Fault in Our Stars and Baby Driver, and he’s currently flexing his musical chops as one of the leads in Steven Spielberg’s remake of West Side Story. If a vote of confidence from Spielberg isn’t enough to make you think Elgort has the goods, then I don’t know what to tell you. But even so, Elvis Presley is an icon, and it takes something extra special to pull that kind of role off and make longtime fans believe it.

Then we have Aaron Taylor-Johnson of Kick-**** and Avengers: Age of Ultron fame. Funnily enough, this wouldn’t be the first time that the actor has played one of the greatest musicians in rock history. Nowhere Boy saw Taylor-Johnson as a young John Lennon before he was part of The Beatles. The actor has some solid range, and it’s not hard to picture him swinging his hips in the way that hypnotized the people of the 1950s.

Candidates - Role - Singer/songwriter - Harry - Styles

One of the surprising candidates for the role is British singer/songwriter Harry Styles, of the famous...
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