The King of Rock and Roll has now been dead as long as he was alive, but his fandom keeps growing. Sadly, many will never know what it was like to see Elvis Presley perform live. The closest now is Elvis In Concert – Live on Screen which sees footage of the entertainer singing live accompanied by a real orchestra. But what about a hologram tour?
There are plans for Whitney Houston and ABBA hologram tours in the near future, with Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly already having been created and performed.
While a malfunctioning hologram of Elvis singing appeared in Blade Runner 2049, so the idea has certainly been around for some time.
Asked on This Morning in a recent interview, The King’s former wife Priscilla Presley isn’t convinced the technology is good enough yet but is open to the idea.
The 74-year-old said: “No, it hasn’t progressed really to what I feel would be him. It’s very difficult to get his image.”
The 28-year-old beat the likes of Miles Teller, Ansel Elgort and Harry Styles to the role.
On Butler’s casting, Baz released a statement, which read: “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.
“Throughout the casting process, it was an honour for me to encounter such a vast array of talent.
“I had heard about Austin Butler from his stand-out role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops.”
The Moulin Rogue! director added: “I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world’s most iconic musical figures.”
Meanwhile, Butler spoke to Entertainment Tonight about the honour of playing Elvis.
He said: “I am just profoundly honoured that Baz has invited me on this journey with him. It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”
The untitled Elvis Presley biopic will be released on October 1, 2021.