Why Harry Styles Wasn’t Cast as the Music Icon in Biopic: Harry Style who started his acting career with Dunkirk and featured in last year’s Eternals as Eros, brother of Thanos, is not seen in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.
The Oscar-nominated filmmaker was recently spotted talking to Fitzy & Wippa radio podcast about his decision and why he opted for Austin Butler and did not move ahead with Harry Styles.
Why Harry Styles Wasn’t Cast as the Music Icon in Biopic
“Harry is a really talented actor. I would work on something with him [but] the real issue with Harry is, he’s Harry Styles. He’s already an icon.” Who would have thought that being a music icon can go against Styles for a role in the upcoming musical drama? Nonetheless, Luhrmann explained, “Harry and I came to a place, genuinely I mean, he was just desperate to put the suit on and explore. He’s such a great spirit and I have nothing but great things to say about Harry Styles,” said Luhrmann praising the talent of Harry.
Everyone liked the performance of Austin Butler and he got a 12-minute standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival world premiere. “The thing about Austin was that he will tell you himself, I didn’t pick him: It’s as if he was drawn like the role drew them in because he was almost born to play it,” Luhrmann said.
Elvis also features stars like Tom Hanks as Tom Parker, with Helen Thomson playing Elvis’s mother, Gladys; Richard Roxburgh portraying Elvis’s father, Vernon, and Olivia DeJonge playing Priscilla. The film was released on June 24 in the US and it was distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures.