Kelvin Harrison Jr., who recently played Black Panther activist Fred Hampton in the famous “ Chicago 7, ” has joined the cast of Elvis Presley’s upcoming biopic.
Harrison Jr. will bring to life none other than the legendary figure of BB King. He joins the announced Dacre Montgomery, Richard Roxburgh and Helen Thomson.
Montgomery will bring television director Steve Binder to life, while Roxburgh and Thomson will play Vernon and Gladys Presley, the parents of Elvis (Austin Butler).
Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge”) is responsible for the management. He also signs the screenplay alongside Craig Pearce.
The Presley couple are believed to be originally played by Rufus Sewell and Maggie Gyllenhaal, who ended up dropping the project due to registration delays caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Recalling that the biopic will follow the evolution of the King of Rock until he becomes a global icon, passing through his troubled relationship with the businessman, Colonel Tom Parker, who will be lived by Tom Hanks.
The cast also includes Olivia DeJonge (Priscilla Presley), Natasha Bassett, Xavier Samuel, Kate Mulvany, Charles Grounds, Josh McConville, Adam Dunn, Leon Ford and Gareth Davies.
Warner Bros. is responsible for the production of the biopic.
The film hits theaters on October 1, 2021.
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