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Who's Playing Elvis Presley On Screen? 6 Quick Facts To Know About Austin Butler

He's the brooding artist type, Vanessa Hudgens' current beau, and has a singing career that complements his acting. 

And although the low-key celeb has escaped Hollywood's radar in the past, an upcoming role as Elvis Presley in a biopic about the King of Rock and Roll himself is bound to catapult him to new heights and earn him the recognition he deserves. 

If you're anything like us who's aching to learn more about Austin Butler (his Instagram betrays little more than the fact that he's into photography and points the camera at what he sees, rather than himself), read on to discover six facts about him and his breakout role. 

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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1. He was a child star.

Austin may be concentrating on adult projects these days, but he got his start in the industry with roles in familiar children's shows like Zoey 101, Hannah MontanaiCarly, and Wizards of Waverly Place. Curiously, he also played Carrie Bradshaw's love interest in Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries. 

 

2. He beat three actors for the role of Elvis.

He beat veteran actors Miles Teller (Whiplash, a movie that had him train mercilessly on the drums) and Ansel Elgort (Rocketman, the well-received Elton John musical where he played the singer) for the Elvis role. At one point, he was also pit against British singer and former One Directioner Harry Styles for the part. (Although Austin beat Harry, the latter was just announced as the Prince Eric to Ariel in the live-action remake of The Little Mermaid). 

 

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3. He will portray the role of young Elvis.

Austin was tapped to portray a young Elvis and bring to screen his earlier years as a struggling musician. It reportedly will be an "honest" representation of the iconic musician's darker days, pre-stardom and glitz and glamour. 

 

4. His co-star in the biopic is Tom Hanks.

Also confirmed in the still untitled Elvis biopic is Tom Hanks, who will be starring alongside Austin as Elvis' notoriously controlling manager Thomas Andrew Parker, more infamously known as Col. Tom. 

 

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5. He has a theater background.

Austin has proven that he isn't just your casual actor-singer combo with his 2018 Broadway debut, The Iceman Cometh. The production garnered him critical acclaim, but it wasn't his first time onstage, or in a major production. He first acted in front of an audience in 2014 in the play Death of the Author, and we'll see him soon (this month, in fact) as a murderous chap in Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood. 

 

6. He's interested in photography.

As mentioned, Austin also dabbles in photography and prefers to fill his social media feed with photos of what he sees. His sharp eye might be attributed to inherent talent, but his fashion modeling experience might also have had something to do with the skill. 

 

Photos from @austinbutler