Elvis Movie: Actors and Their Real Characters Priscilla Presley, Lisa-Marie and Colonel Tom Parker

Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated Elvis film is tipped to set Australian box offices on fire after Thursday’s launch.

And while we wait to see if moviegoers believe the big screen extravaganza lives up to the hype, one thing is indisputable: the cast looks and sounds JUST like their characters in real life!

Camera iconAustin Butler and Elvis Presley. Credit: Provided by Warner Bros.

Elvis, Austin Butler

Social media users have gone wild with the hip-swaying American who bears an uncanny resemblance to the King of rock ‘n’ roll.

This combination photo shows singer-actor Elvis Presley in a 1964 photo, left, and actor Austin Butler at the premiere of "The dead don't die" in New York on June 10, 2019. Butler has been cast to play Presley in director Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic.  Production should start early next year.  Tom Hanks stars as Presley's manager, Colonel Tom Parker.  (AP photo)
Camera iconEerie Similarity: Elvis and Austin Butler. Credit: AP

The 30-year-old’s resume includes appearances on the TV show Hannah Montana and, more recently, as Tax Watson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

Austin Butler
Camera iconAustin Butler. Credit: Thanks to Warner Bros. ImageThe West

Luhrmann shared how Butler was “born to play Elvis” and not only resembles him, but that there are uncanny parallels between his life and that of The King.

“You know, we can talk about it now, he loses his mother at the same age as Elvis. He sends me a video with this thing and . † † He just happened to live and breathe like Elvis for two years,” Luhrmann said.

044636 02: Singer Elvis Presley poses for a studio portrait.  (Photo by Liaison) 1/01/1965
Camera iconElvis Presley. Credit: Getty ImagesGetty Images

“He’s going through a kind of deprogramming now because it’s been a long time since he knew who he was.”

Butler also sang some of the earlier songs himself, merging his voice with Elvis’s voice during some on-screen performances.

Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.
Camera iconOlivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley. Credit: Michael Ochs Archive

Olivia DeJonge, Priscilla Presley

From Peppermint Grove to the big screen, the 24-year-old brings a touch of Western Australia to the film.

Olivia DeJonge plays Elvis’ ex-wife, who divorced him four years before his death in 1977.

Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge in Elvis
Camera iconAustin Butler and Olivia DeJonge in Elvis. Credit: Thanks to Warner Bros. ImageThe West

To aid in her transformation into the ultimate ’70s WAG, DeJonge revealed that she even had to shave her brow brows to create the sparse brows of the era.

And it seems to be paying off, with Priscilla herself praising her performance.

Perth actress Olivia DeJonge
Camera iconPerth actress Olivia DeJonge. Credit: Hugh Stewart

“I relived every moment in this film. It took me a few days to get over the emotions, just like it did with Lisa. Beautifully done Baz, Tom, Austin and Olivia,” she said.

LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 09: Priscilla Presley is seen on September 9, 2017 in Los Angeles, CA.  (Photo by GP/Star Max/GC Images)
Camera iconPriscilla Presley. Credit: GP/Star MaxGC images

Speaking to Ben O’Shea on Reel Talk, DeJonge shared how she sat next to Priscilla at the Cannes screening last month.

“It was really daunting knowing I was going to meet her, and I’m sure she felt the same,” admits DeJonge.

Tom Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker (right).
Camera iconTom Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker (right). Credit: Getty Images

Tom Hanks, Colonel Tom Parker

Tom Hanks makes a rare appearance as a villain, playing Elvis’ infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The tyrannical Dutch manager, whose real name was Andreas van Kuijk, brought Elvis to stardom, but as viewers learn, this comes at a huge cost to the star and his family.

Tom Hanks in Elvis
Camera iconTom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. Credit: DeliveredThe West

Hanks told The West Australian that he hadn’t even seen a photo of Colonel Parker before being approached by Luhrmann for the part.

“When I saw a picture of him, I said, ‘Are you sure you want me in this thing,’ because if you’re going to do for Colonel Tom Parker what you’re going to do for Elvis, that is, go back and this making him incarnate is a substantial repetition of what you have in me,’ he said.

Writer/Director/Producer Baz Luhrmann and Tom Hanks
Camera iconBaz Luhrmann and Tom Hanks. Credit: Eric CharbonneauEric Charbonneau

And his portrayal clearly impressed his director, who said that the “great actor” was the only choice for the “big, big character”.

Lisa-Marie Presley

Elvis’s only child Lisa-Marie is only a child when the film takes place, but melts hearts with her adorable relationship with her father.

Lisa-Marie, who has built herself a career as a singer, is now 54 and has four children: Danielle Riley and Benjamin Keough, from her first marriage and twin daughters Harper and Finley by her fourth husband.

Lisa Marie Presley, daughter of the late singer Elvis Presley, puts her hands in cement at a ceremony held at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, June 21, 2022.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Camera iconLisa Marie Presley. Credit: Jordan StraussJordan Strauss/Invision/AP

Sadly, Lisa-Marie’s life has also been rocked by a tragedy with the passing of her son Benjamin in 2020.

Lisa-Marie told Chris Conolly, aged 20/20, that she was “emotional” and relived her childhood through the film.

Harper Presley Lockwood, from left, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough and Finley Presley Lockwood pose after placing their hands in cement at a ceremony in their honor on Tuesday, June 21, 2022 at the TCL Chinese Theater in Los Angeles.  (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP)
Camera iconHarper Presley Lockwood, Lisa Marie Presley, Priscilla Presley, Riley Keough and Finley Presley Lockwood pose after placing their hands in cement at a ceremony in their honor. Credit: Jordan StraussJordan Strauss/Invision/AP

“It just brings out such a generational trauma — in a good way,” she said.

“And Riley, five minutes later, already said, ‘I’m done.’ She was already crying and I was crying,” she added.

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