Baz Luhrmann To Film Elvis Biopic In Queensland
With Tom Hanks already attached, Baz Luhrmann is on the hunt to find his Elvis.
The award-winning Aussie director fo Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet is heading to the Gold Coast to shoot a film based on the life of Elvis Presley.
Queensland's Premiere Annastacia Palaszczuk reportedly met with Luhrmann in London last month to secure the deal for the director to base the production at Village Roadshow's Gold Coast studios.
Two-time Academy Award winner Tom Hanks has been tapped to play Presley's longtime manager Colonel Tom Parker, with Luhrmann on the hunt to find an actor to take on the role of Presley.
Luhrmann has written the screenplay alongside his collaborator Craig Pearce -- who co-wrote Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge! and The Great Gatsby with Luhrmann -- and is said to follow Presley's rise to fame and his complicated relationship with Colonel Parker.
"Along with CM (Catherine Martin) and my entire team," Luhrmann said, "I am committed to not only making the film but also developing Queensland’s creative culture and supporting filmmakers, storytellers and artists of all kinds, in the same manner that we ourselves were supported and mentored early in our careers."
"Australia continues to be one of the great filmmaking locations in the world, where we’ve created everything from Paris cabarets to the Jazz Age in New York."
The production is said to be looking to employ 900 Queenslanders and inject more than $105 million into the state's economy. Palaszczuk also said the film would "offer opportunities for actors from other parts of the world to come and visit Queensland."
Luhrmann's film joins other recent movies to be filmed in Queensland like San Andreas, Dora and the Lost City of Gold, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell no Tales, Aquaman and Thor: Ragnarok.
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