Tom Hanks casting praised by Elvis Presley’s manager’s widow

Tom Hanks is ‘a good fit’ to play Elvis Presley’s late manager Colonel Tom Parker, his widow says… as rumours swirl around casting for the biopic

Tom Hanks’ casting as Elvis Presley’s late manager Colonel Tom Parker in an upcoming Baz Luhrmann biopic has been praised by his widow.

In an interview with TMZ, Loanne Parker said the Hollywood legend is a ‘great fit’ to play the music boss, and hopes his performance will change the perception on Parker from a villain to a hero.

It comes after reports circulated earlier this week that actors including Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller are among those being considered to play the King Of Rock ‘n’ Roll.

Big role: Tom Hanks’ casting as Elvis Presley’s late manager Colonel Tom Parker in an upcoming Baz Luhrmann biopic has been praised by his widow

Loanne said: ‘If Tom Hanks takes on a role he makes it a good fit. He will be a good fit for Colonel, I have trust in his abilities. 

‘Every story has a hero and a villain, and the past stories that made Elvis a hero and that leaves only the Colonel to be a villain and both of them were heroes in their own right. 

‘I would like to see that clarified, and I have great faith in Tom’s ability and integrity and I just pay he wouldn’t do anything less than the truth.’

Anticipation for the long-awaited Elvis biopic has been building in recent weeks, after the main actors in contention for the role were teased by The Wrap,

According to the site, each contender has screen tested to play the iconic singer and other stars who also met for the role include rapper G-Eazy aka Gerald Gillum.

Important: The music boss – who died in 1997 – will be depicted in a biopic about the iconic King Of Rock n’ Roll, which is being directed by Baz Luhrmann

Starring role: Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort and Miles Teller are among the stars being considered to play Elvis Presley – who died in 1977 aged 42

Luhrmann will direct the movie and has penned the script alongside Craig Pearce, and the filmmaker previously said he was keen to hire a newcomer to play the late musician, who died in 1977 aged 42.

The director is said to be keen to begin production on the project later this year. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star Austin Butler and Kick-Ass actor Aaron Taylor-Johnson are also said to be in the running.

Tom Hanks is currently on board to play Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87 and spotted Elvis when he was relatively unknown in the 1950s, initially helping him with bookings and promotion before becoming his manager.

He went on to arrange the music legend’s deal with RCA, and the singer’s first single with the label, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’, set him on the way to stardom after it was released in January 1956. 

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In 1987, Parker admitted he didn’t get involved in Elvis’ musical decisions, but did urge the star to record his 1969 hit ‘Are You Lonesome Tonight’ because he felt the tune was “good for him”.

Hanks is no stranger to playing real-life figures, having starred as Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks and astronaut Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, among others.

Harry was met with praise for his acting debut in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk in 2017 and in January it was reported that he keen to focus on his acting career instead of making music, as it was also revealed he has ‘no desire’ to reunite with 1D.

A source speaking to The Sun, explained: ‘Since stepping away from 1D, Harry has really enjoyed life outside that pop bubble. Acting is something he really enjoys and he’s been working behind the camera on a number of different projects.

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‘Harry has a base in LA and is ensconced with James Corden and his producer Ben Winston there. And right now he has absolutely no desire to get 1D back together.’

The publication also claimed that Harry has started to take steps to close his Erskine Touring Company later this year, as it is set to be taken off the register at Companies House.

One Direction went on a hiatus in January 2016 and the five members (Liam Payne, Niall Horan, Louis Tomlinson, Harry and Zayn Malik) have all enjoyed hugely successful solo careers.

In Dunkirk, Harry played the role of Alex, a British soldier, alongside Bandersnatch star Fionn Whitehead, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy.

Hmm… Ansel Elgort has made it into the running for the biopic

In the running: Ansel has been added to the list of stars alleged to be vying for the part

The historical action drama tells the story of soldiers being evacuated from the beaches of Dunkirk during the Second War War.

At the time of release, Harry claimed he was in ‘awe’ of director Christopher Nolan when he initially walked out on set during Dunkirk’s production.

Harry said: ‘Being a fan of Chris and being on set with him, it’s hard not to be in awe of him just in the way that he works.

‘You feel lucky that you get to watch someone like that work and someone so passionate of what they’re doing I feel is always a privilege to be around people like that.’

Starring role: Tom Hanks is currently on board to play Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, who died in 1997 aged 87 and spotted Elvis when he was relatively unknown in the 1950s

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