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Baz Luhrmann Says He's Not Ready to Continue Shooting His Elvis Movie Yet

Baz Luhrmann has announced that his upcoming Elvis movie will not be continuing production for a while.

The Oscar-nominated filmmaker is directing an upcoming movie about Elvis starring Austin Butler, Olivia DeJonge, and Tom Hanks. The film shut down production after Tom was diagnosed with coronavirus.

“I’m sure it will come as no surprise that this is not the moment to be resuming production on the film. Please know this is in no way a reflection on our commitment to make this movie here in Queensland. In fact, we are not even taking our sets down, simply locking up the creative space over the next few days,” Baz said in a statement on Friday (March 20).

“I have spoken to the premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, and we all agree that right now, this is the right time for people all over the world, from all walks of life, to be at home, indoors, with their loved ones (washing our hands five times a day),” Baz continued. “All going well, we have a passionate conviction to be back here on the Gold Coast, picking up where we lee off as soon as the time is right.”

Baz and his family went into quarantine after Tom tested positive.

Rufus Sewell Will Play Elvis Presley's Dad in Baz Luhrmann Musical Movie!

Rufus Sewell is taking on the role of the King’s father.

The 52-year-old The Man in the High Castle star will be playing Vernon Presley, Elvis Presley‘s dad, Variety confirmed on Thursday (February 13).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Rufus Sewell

As previously announced, Austin Butler will play the role of Elvis, Tom Hanks will play his manager Colonel Tom Parker, and Maggie Gyllenhaal will play his mother.

The movie revolves follows “the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.” Production is set to begin later this spring.

Here’s what Austin Butler recently said about taking on the role of Elvis Presley in the movie…

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Will Play Elvis Presley's Mom in Baz Luhrmann's Upcoming Musical Drama

Maggie Gyllenhaal is going to be playing The King’s mom!

The Deuce actress will play Gladys Presley, mother to the late icon, in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann musical drama Elvis, Variety reported on Friday (February 7).

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Maggie Gyllenhaal

As previously announced last year, Austin Butler is playing Elvis, and Tom Hanks is playing his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

The movie is set to focus on “the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.”

Here’s what Austin Butler recently said about taking on the role of Elvis Presley in the movie…

'Elvis' Stars Austin Butler & Olivia DeJonge Attend GQ Men of the Year Awards 2019 in Australia

Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge pose together as they step out for the 2019 GQ Men of the Year Awards on Thursday night (November 28) in Sydney, Australia.

The Elvis movie co-stars coordinated in black outfits as they were joined at the event by director Baz Luhrmann.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Austin Butler

Austin and Olivia will be playing Elvis Presley and wife Priscilla in an upcoming movie about the life of the late King of Rock and Roll.

Tom Hanks also stars in the movie as Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker.

10+ pictures inside of the stars stepping out for the event…More Here! »

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Baz Luhrmann Gets Lots of Celeb Support at 'Moulin Rouge' Broadway Opening!

Baz Luhrmann steps out for the opening night performance of Broadway’s Moulin Rouge musical on Thursday (July 25) at the Al Hirschfeld Theatre in New York City.

The 56-year-old filmmaker, who wrote and directed the film version, was joined at the event by his wife Catherine Martin, as well as Vogue‘s Anna Wintour and her daughter Bee Shaffer.

Baz and Catherine are credited by the production for their “creative services.”

More stars in attendance at the event included Billy Eichner, Lin-Manuel Miranda, John Mulaney, Gloria Estefan and husband Emilio, as well as Broadway stars Stephanie Styles, Bernadette Peters, Ariana DeBose, Nick Adams, Jessica Vosk, and Steven Pasquale, plus producer Jordan Roth.

You’ve gotta see the incredible video that Jordan made on the stage of the theatre!

FYI: Anna is wearing Dolce&Gabbana. Stephanie is wearing a Marchesa dress and Christian Louboutin shoes. Jordan is wearing Zac Posen.

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Baz Luhrmann Has Four Frontrunners for Elvis Role in New Film

There are four actors who are in the running to play Elvis Presley in an upcoming film about the legendary entertainer, to be directed by Baz Luhrmann.

The Moulin Rouge and Great Gatsby director is working on a biopic about the singer and actor, but not much is known about the project. The film is not based on any source material and Luhrmann wrote a new script with his writing partner Craig Pearce.

Ansel Elgort, Harry Styles, Austin Butler, and Miles Teller are said to be the four stars who are frontrunners to land the role, according to Deadline. TheWrap also reports that Aaron Taylor-Johnson is in contention.

Tom Hanks is in talks to play Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker.

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Baz Luhrmann Has Fun with Fashion at Met Gala 2019

Baz Luhrmann walks the red carpet with his wife Catherine Martin at the 2019 Met Gala held at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on Monday (May 6) in New York City.

The 56-year-old filmmaker is often the person in charge of the performances at the Met Gala. If you watched the documentary The First Monday in May, you might remember him working with Rihanna for her performance that year.

Baz‘s beloved movie Moulin Rouge is coming to Broadway this summer as a brand new musical that has been updated for 2019.

FYI: Baz and Catherine are both wearing Prada.

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