The audience at the Cannes Film Festival shivered in anticipation of Austin Butler’s performance as the King in Baz Luhrmann’s world premiere of “Elvis.”
The film received a 12-minute standing ovation, the longest of the festival thus far. As the applause grew louder, a tearful Butler hugged an equally emotional Priscilla Presley, who had flown to the south of France to give her blessing to the film about her late husband.
As Butler recreated some of Presley’s greatest hits, including “Jailhouse Rock,” “Blue Suede Shoes,” and “Suspicious Minds,” Cannes spontaneously erupted in applause.
“Elvis” was one of the most anticipated films at Cannes, with a red carpet that included Sharon Stone, Shakira, Kylie Minogue, Diplo, Jeremy O. Harris, and the Italian rock band Mneskin.
“I really believed that we would come to Cannes,” Luhrmann said of Elvis, “but then the Covid came and the film was shut down and it was never going to happen, except for the bravery of Tom [Hanks] to come back and the bravery of this cast and crew to go on through Covid and finish this film. And now we’re back in Cannes. And the fact that these streets are packed with people who enjoy movies in all forms and genres says a lot about what they value.”
What is “Elvis” about?
The plot delves into Elvis Presley’s life and music through the lens of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks). The story delves into the complex dynamic that has existed between Presley and Parker for more than 20 years.
At CinemaCon last month, Luhrmann stated that Elvis covers three versions of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll: as a rebel, a Hollywood star, and in his Vegas twilight.
All of this takes place against the backdrop of America’s changing cultural landscape and loss of innocence. One of the most significant and influential people in Elvis’ life, his wife of six years, Priscilla Presley, is also central to the journey.
Luhrmann also stated at CinemaCon, “Elvis is kind of the original superhero. He rises to such heights, then discovers his Kryptonite and plummets to such depths, and a beautiful, powerful tragedy ensues.”
The international rollout of Elvis begins on June 22 and the domestic release is on June 24.
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