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Austin Butler will play Elvis Presley in an untitled drama about the musician's life, Deadline confirms. The movie, which will be directed by Baz Luhrmann, will focus on Elvis's journey from rags to riches.

The story will be told through Presley's complicated relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker, who will be played by the legendary Tom Hanks.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller were also considered for the role, but director Baz Luhrmann believed The Carrie Diaries actor was best suited for the part.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The director told Deadline, "I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist."

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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He continued, "Throughout the casting process, it was an honour for me to encounter such a vast array of talent. 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.”

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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The screenplay for the untitled movie has been penned by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce.

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Much as we adore Britney Jean Spears and the absolute corkers she has gifted the music scene over the past 18 years, it's fair to say she wasn't blessed with a voice quite as powerful as Christina Aguilera, Whitney Houston or Mariah Carey.

And that's fine – good ol' Brit brings her own thing to the stage, and we're always here for it.

So when she uploaded herself performing a rendition of Elvis Presley's Can't Help Falling In Love in honour of her 36th birthday, we couldn't hit play fast enough.

The 36-year-old clearly gave it her all, and props for that as they say, but if we had to choose, we'd probably opt for a quick blast of Toxic next time.

While some Instagram users compared her voice to a chipmunk's, hundreds others heaped praise upon the performance, with one writing: "Truly blessed with your beautiful voice."

We'll let you be the judge of that one…

 

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Niamh Geaney is back with your Top 5 things to do nationwide with everything from the Temple Bar Tradfest, Elvis Presley tributes and masquerade balls!

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