Denzel Washington Was Totally Responsible For Major Elvis Casting In Baz Luhrmann’s New Movie (And No, Not Tom Hanks)
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Taking on the life of Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Rock, is a massive undertaking. Thankfully, Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming movie about the music icon struck the right note with Austin Bulter being cast as the King as seen in the explosive Elvis trailer, which also stars Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. Here’s a fun tidbit of trivia regarding Butler’s involvement: Luhrmann has revealed it was two-time Oscar winner Denzel Washington who was totally responsible for the young actor being cast as Elvis.

Denzel Washington hasn’t been afraid to give actors their props when the moment arrives. The Oscar-winning talent has proven more than once he can spot major talent, as evident by his directorial work. During the casting process to find the right Elvis, Baz Luhrmann revealed it was Washington who vouched for Austin Butler after co-starring with him in the stage play The Iceman Cometh in 2018. The Moulin Rogue director spilled how The Equalizer star sealed the deal for Butler:

And then I got a call from Denzel Washington, who gave me a cold call. I did not know Denzel. And he said, ‘I’ve just worked with this guy on stage. I’ve never seen a work ethic like it.’ And I’m like, ‘OK, I must see him.’

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