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Who Should Play Elvis in the New Biopic to Be Directed by Baz Luhrmann? (CLIPS)

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood May 1, 2014 at 3:33PM

Baz Luhrmann's films are larger than life, flamboyant to the nines, and heavily music-oriented in one way or another (he loves his soundtracks) so it makes total sense that he'd be lining up an Elvis Presley biopic as his next project.
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Elvis Presley
Elvis Presley

Baz Luhrmann's films are larger than life, flamboyant to the nines, and heavily music-oriented in one way or another (he loves his soundtracks) so it makes total sense that he'd be lining up an Elvis Presley biopic as his next project.

It's coming together over at Warner Bros. -- and yes, they have the rights to the music. Go-to screenwriter Kelly Marcel ("Fifty Shades of Grey") is penning the original script. 

So the question remains: Who should play the King? Is it better to go with an unknown on this one? It might be hard marrying the iconic mug of Elvis with someone whose face is already well-known on the big screen--although Kurt Russell is among those who have done a good job with the hip-swiveling rock icon. In his own films, Presley's strength was the musical numbers. 

Check out some clips below.

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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.