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

Thompson on Hollywood 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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