Biopic on Elvis Presley is postponed to 2022
Warner may decide to finally release it in theaters
We will have to wait to discover the film about Elvis Presley by Baz Luhrmann. The Australian director had planned to release his biopic on November 5, but according to Billboard, Warner has decided to postpone its official release to June 3, 2022.
The good news is that since it won't be released in 2021, this film, whose title has not yet been released, could benefit from a real theatrical release, instead of being streamed on HBO Max, like the vast majority of the studio's “big” films this year. Warner Bros. has yet to reveal whether this is the case, but it is possible that the decision was made precisely to allow this highly anticipated feature film to enjoy a traditional release.
Austin Butler will play the King, while Maggie Gyllenhaal will play his mother, Gladys Presley, and Tom Hanks will play Colonel Tom Parker, the controversial manager of the rock legend. It is also on their relationship that the film focuses, which is not seen as a traditional biopic.
Filming was particularly chaotic, interrupted early last year when Tom Hanks contracted the coronavirus in March. The first prominent celebrity to fall ill with Covid-19, he had made efforts in the months that followed to raise awareness and do prevention for a virus that was not necessarily taken seriously by the former tenant of the White House.
This new upheaval in the planning of Warner in any case gives an indication of how the studio intends to manage the coming months. Other films, slated for streaming release, could, in turn, be delayed if the first HBO Max release “tries” prove to be unsuccessful.