Back in March, the Elvis Presley movie biopic was rehearsing a Las Vegas residency scene. The King star Austin Butler and Colonel Tom Parker actor Tom Hanks were just a few days from shooting. But then suddenly the latter was diagnosed with coronavirus and director Baz Luhrmann’s Australian set was shut down indefinitely.
In the meantime, more casting news has been made public.
The 31-year-old previously portrayed Johnny Utah in the 2015 remake of Point Break and also featured in GI Joe: Retaliation, The November Man and Hacksaw Ridge.
The real-life Schilling, who is now 78-years-old, first knew Elvis when they played football in Memphis together.
A key Memphis Mafia member, Schilling was present when The King met President Richard Nixon in the White House 50 years ago.
It continues: “The film delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America.
“It is a real privilege in this unprecedented global moment that Tom Hanks has been able to return to Australia to join Austin Butler and all of our extraordinary cast and crew to commence production on Elvis.”