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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.)

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