So far this awards season, after the widespread neglect of Darren Aronofsky’s brilliant The Whale, which gave little chance to Brendan Fraser, It was practically sung – better never said – that Austin Butler would pick up the 2023 Golden Globe for Best Actor in a Drama Film For his work in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘Elvis’.
Neither the aforementioned Fraser, Hugh Jackman – ‘The Sun’ -, Bill Nighy – ‘Living’ – nor Jeremy Pope – ‘The Invention’ – have been able to dominate the Californian nominated for the award for the first time in his career. Even then, Butler’s fate could have been very differentBecause in a parallel universe he would have starred in no less than ‘Top Gun: Maverick’.
According to casting director Dennis Chaiman during an interview with Variety, The King of Rock’s final incarnation on the big screen aimed to get on a fighter jet to bring the rooster to life With Tom Cruise in the sequel to the 1980s classic, dropped because of his age: “They Thought I Was Too Young”,
But that’s not all, as Chaiman also revealed Miles Teller was behind the role of Elvis Presleygiving the butlers and members a list of candidates that included names like theirs Ansel Elgort or Harry Styles, Finally, the stars aligned and the casting department did their job properly; And it’s hard to imagine pairing the actors with their roles as Emma Stone starring in ‘Babylon’.