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In the Works: Kevin Macdonald to Direct Elvis Presley Biopic, Online Search Underway for Actor to Play Young Elvis

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood September 4, 2013 at 11:43AM

Director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland," "How I Live Now") is set to helm Elvis Presley biopic "Last Train to Memphis," based on the 1995 biography by Peter Guralnick. The book focuses on Presley's young transformation from a high school student to an instant sensation in the radical new world of rock n' roll.
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Director Kevin Macdonald ("The Last King of Scotland," "How I Live Now") is set to helm Elvis Presley biopic "Last Train to Memphis," based on the 1995 biography by Peter Guralnick. The book focuses on Presley's young transformation from a high school student to an instant sensation in the radical new world of rock n' roll. 

This means the search is on for the young Elvis. Fox 2000 ("Walk the Line") recently launched a website, Young Elvis Casting, where hopefuls for the part can upload audition tapes where they croon six to eight bars of a Presley song of their choosing.

Scribe John Fusco (who also has the "Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon" sequel in the pipeline) is penning the script. Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman are producing under their banner Jagged Films. (Jagger is also producing another musician biopic, Universal's "Get On Up," charting the rise of James Brown, to be played by Chadwick Boseman.)

This article is related to: News, In The Works, IN THE WORKS, Kevin Macdonald, Biopics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.