Elvis film to bring Hanks to Qld

Tracey Ferrier
(Australian Associated Press)

 

Hollywood legend Tom Hanks will star in a new Baz Luhrmann movie about the life of Elvis Presley to be filmed on the Gold Coast.

The dual-Oscar winner will play Presley’s lifelong manager Colonel Tom Parker, but who’ll play The King of rock ‘n’ roll is yet to be revealed.

“The role of Elvis will be filled after a worldwide search to be overseen by Baz Luhrmann,” Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk told parliament on Wednesday.

She said the production would inject more than $105 million into the local economy, and generate 900 jobs in areas including set construction, catering and costume design.

The Warner Bros. Pictures film will be shot at the Village Roadshow studios on the Gold Coast, and follows a recent meeting between the premier and Luhrmann in London.

It will explore Presley’s rise to fame with a focus on his complicated relationship with his manager.

Other high profile productions drawn to Queensland include Aquaman and Thor: Ragnarok, the upcoming Dora the Explorer, and the 2020 release Godzilla vs Kong.

Earlier this year the state government opened a $12 million film and television studio in Brisbane, as part of its push to grow the state’s film industry.

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