New “Elvis” Trailer and Soundtrack Promise Wall-to-Wall Music

Despite being one of the most best-selling recording artists and box office draws of all time, Elvis has only been the subject of TV miniseries until now. Both the 1979 and 2005 versions were critically acclaimed and highly rated, but Baz Luhrmann's upcoming biopic is the King's first journey to the big screen.

Former Disney Channel star Austin Butler has already earned raves for his performance as the rock icon. Tom Hanks dons a distracting fat suit and Dutch accent to play Elvis' shady manager Colonel Tom Parker. Whether the film will rise above the glut of recent musician biopics remains to be seen. But Australian director Baz Luhrmann does seem like the right filmmaker to bring such a larger-than-life figure to the screen. While he hasn't reached the heights of his magnum opus Moulin Rouge! in the last 20 years, he continues to take big swings.

The film's soundtrack includes recordings by Butler, new songs by Doja Cat, Eminem and Swae Lee. And of course songs by Elvis himself.

Elvis arrives in theaters Friday, June 24. The soundtrack remains undated. Check out the trailer below.


About Kip Mooney

Kip Mooney
Like many film critics born during and after the 1980s, my hero is Roger Ebert. The man was already the best critic in the nation when he won the Pulitzer in 1975, but his indomitable spirit during and after his recent battle with cancer keeps me coming back to read not only his reviews but his insightful commentary on the everyday. But enough about a guy you know a lot about. I knew I was going to be a film critic—some would say a snob—in middle school, when I had to voraciously defend my position that The Royal Tenenbaums was only a million times better than Adam Sandler’s remake of Mr. Deeds. From then on, I would seek out Wes Anderson’s films and avoid Sandler’s like the plague. Still, I like to think of myself as a populist, and I’ll be just as likely to see the next superhero movie as the next Sundance sensation. The thing I most deplore in a movie is laziness. I’d much rather see movies with big ambitions try and fail than movies with no ambitions succeed at simply existing. I’m also a big advocate of fun-bad movies like The Room and most of Nicolas Cage’s work. In the past, I’ve written for The Dallas Morning News and the North Texas Daily, which I edited for a semester. I also contributed to Dallas-based Pegasus News, which in the circle of life, is now part of The Dallas Morning News, where I got my big break in 2007. Eventually, I’d love to write and talk about film full-time, but until that’s a viable career option, I work as an auditor for Wells Fargo. I hope to one day meet my hero, go to the Toronto International Film Festival, and compete on Jeopardy. Until then, I’m excited to share my love of film with you.