All shook up: Austin Butler as Elvis in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic to be world premiered at the Cannes Film Festival Photo: Warner Bros
Luhrmann has Cannes form. His musical Moulin Rouge opened the Festival run 2001 while The Great Gatsby was shown in 2013. Luhrmann’s first feature Strictly Ballroom got him noticed early on when it was shown and acclaimed in the Un Certain Regard section in 1992.
Tom Hanks as Colonel Parker Photo: Warner Bros
Luhrmann has explained that early recordings of Elvis' voice and music were "somewhat nostalgic" but were not good enough to place directly in the Hollywood blockbuster. Instead, he asked Butler, to sing and record the iconic songs for cinema audiences.
Luhrmann and Austin visited Graceland during the production of the film where they met with Priscilla Presley - the singer's ex-wife and the mother of his child, Lisa Marie Presley, and she gave her blessing to the production.
The film will be released in France on Wednesday 22 June 22 with a US and UK and Ireland release on Friday 24 June.
Austin Butler voices Elvis in the production Photo: Warner Bros