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Ansel Elgort Reveals Why He Thinks He Lost Out on Elvis Role to Austin Butler

Austin Butler landed the role of Elvis Presley in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann biopic, but there were numerous actors up for the role in the weeks leading up to the decision.

One of the finalists for the role, Ansel Elgort, just gave an interview where he revealed what happened in his audition.

”That wasn’t a bad audition. I think it was great,” Ansel told the Huffington Post. “I was in the middle of filming ‘West Side Story,’ so it was a little hard. I watched a ton of footage and memorized some of his interviews just to get his speech pattern down and sang a bunch of his stuff.”

Then, Ansel added, “But I wasn’t really prepared.”

Ansel has been hard at work on West Side Story, which will hit theaters in December of 2020.

Austin Butler Takes a Break During Rehearsals for Elvis Movie

Austin Butler sits on a hydrant and checks out messages on his phone during a break on Tuesday (August 20) in New York City.

The 28-year-old actor is reportedly in rehearsals for his upcoming Elvis Presley movie right now and we can’t wait for the first look at him in character!

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Baz Luhrmann will be directing the highly anticipated movie with Tom Hanks starring as Colonel Tom Parker.

You can currently catch Austin on the big screen in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.

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Vanessa Hudgens Wishes Longtime Love Austin Butler 'Happy Birthday'

Vanessa Hudgens is celebrating a special day – her partner Austin Butler‘s birthday!

The 30-year-old actress took to Instagram to send her boyfriend a celebratory message on his 28th birthday, which is TODAY (August 17)!

“HAPPY BIRTHDAY 🎂🎁🎈🎉 to my love, my other half, my constant Inspiration and supporter. My best friend. My everything✨ @austinbutler ✨28 is going to be 🔥🔥🔥,” she captioned a cute set of photos of the couple.

Vanessa and Austin are getting closer to celebrating ten years together. They have been dating since 2011, and fans are just waiting for them to tie to the knot.

Pictured inside: Vanessa carrying a large bag from luggage brand Tumi through the Big Apple on Friday (August 16). Perhaps a birthday present for Austin?

Happy Birthday Austin Butler!!!

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Vanessa Hudgens & Austin Butler Couple Up at UNICEF Summer Gala in Italy

Vanessa Hudgens looks gorgeous on the red carpet while attending the UNICEF Summer Gala on Friday night (August 9) in Porto Cervo, Italy.

The 30-year-old actress was joined at the event by her longtime boyfriend Austin Butler.

Ellie Goulding and Dame Shirley Bassey both performed at the gala and some of the stars who appeared on stage during the event included Vanessa, Adrien Brody, Neels Visser, and more.

More stars in attendance at the event were Kat Graham, Amaury Nolasco, and models Elsa Hosk, Jordan Barrett, Shanina Shaik, Rose Bertram, and Halima Aden.

FYI: Vanessa is wearing a Carolina Herrera gown, Giuseppe Zanotti heels and a Tabayer bracelet. Elsa is wearing a vintage Versace suit with a Tabayer necklace.

35+ pictures inside of Vanessa Hudgens and more at the gala… More Here! »

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Austin Butler Opens Up About Playing Elvis Presley In His Next Movie

Austin Butler is opening up about getting the chance to play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming biopic about the King of Rock n’ Roll.

The 27-year-old actor chatted with ET last night (July 22) at the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood premiere, saying that he’s “profoundly honored that Baz has invited me on this journey with him.”

Austin added, “It’s an extraordinary privilege. And I just feel so blessed to be working with such singular directors like him and Quentin Tarantino.”

He also opened up about getting some acting advice from his Once Upon a Time in Hollywood co-star, Brad Pitt.

“One thing Brad said was ‘to play the long game.’ I love that, just the idea of really choosing quality over quantity.”

Austin Butler Gets Support From Vanessa Hudgens at 'Once Upon a Time in Hollywood' Premiere

Austin Butler and Vanessa Hudgens coupled up at the premiere of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood!

The longtime loves hit the carpet at the event on Monday evening (July 22) in Hollywood, Calif.

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Vanessa looked stunning in a black gown with sheer detailing while Austin opted for a sharp black suit.

“And we’re OFF!!!! To the @onceinhollywood premiere with my man of the hour @austinbutler,” Vanessa wrote on her Instagram.

The upcoming film visits 1969 Los Angeles, where everything is changing, as TV star Rick Dalton and his longtime stunt double Cliff Booth make their way around an industry they hardly recognize anymore. Austin portrays Charles “Tex” Watson in the flick, a central member of the Manson family.

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood hits theaters on July 26th.

FYI: Vanessa is wearing an Armani gown.

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