As if legendary actor Tom Hanks hasn’t already played a multitude of real life people in his career. From astronaut Jim Lovell to Walt Disney to Captain Richard Phillips to ‘Sully’ Sullenberger, Hanks rarely shies away from starring in a biopic. In 2017, he portrayed The Washington Post executive editor Ben Bradlee in Steven Spielberg’s The Post and will soon be seen portraying the iconic Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood. Now, the actor is in talks to play the man who managed the “King of Rock-n-Roll.”
Hanks is currently in negotiations to play “Colonel” Tom Parker—Elvis Presley’s manager—in the upcoming untitled Warner Bros. biopic on the singer directed by Baz Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby, Moulin Rouge). According to Variety, the budget is still being ironed out, but having Hanks attached to the project could speed things up. Luhrmann has initially envisioned a veteran actor playing Parker and an unknown newcomer for the role of Elvis. Reports state that Luhrmann wants to start production sometime this year.
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“Colonel” Tom Parker discovered Elvis when he was an unknown talent in Memphis, Tennessee. He became the young talent’s lone representation and was responsible for many of the artist’s biggest career moves, including Presley’s deal with RCA and his acting career. In the 1979 TV biopic directed by John Carpenter, Colonel Parker was portrayed by Pat Hingle (who played Commissioner Gordon in Tim Burton’s Batman) while the Elvis role went to a very young Kurt Russell.
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