Tom Hanks in talks to star in Elvis Presley's biopic as his manager

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WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 29, 2019, 01.56 PM (IST)

A biopic on Elvis Presley is being made by Baz Luhrmann for Warner Bros. The yet-to-be-titled film is said to be in negotiations with Tom Hanks. 

Tom is in negotiations to star in the film as Elvis’ legendary manager Col. Tom Parker who controlled every aspect of the singers’ life. 

The makers are still in talks to look for an actor to play Elvis in the film. They haven’t started the search as if yet. The untitled film will focus on Elvis Presley’s rise with a major emphasis on his relationship with Tom Parker. 

Tom was a scrappy Dutch-born guy who never became a citizen and gained his rank of ‘colonel’ as an honorary title. He was struggling as a music manager when he came across Elvis in the mid-1950s and was stunned by his talent. Over the course of two years, he paid off all other agents and managers in the singer's life to chart himself as the exclusive rep. 

The film will be produced by Baz and his wife Catherine Martin. The two have been developing the project since the director wrapped up his last film, 2013's ‘The Great Gatsby’. Gail Berman is also a producer. Baz has also written the script with Craig Pearce.

Tom Hanks is meanwhile working on ‘Bios’, a sci-fi drama from Steven Spielberg's Amblin Partners. He will also be seen in ‘News of the World’, an adaptation of the Paulette Jiles novel set up at Fox 2000 to be directed by Paul Greengrass. 

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Tom is in negotiations to star in the film as Elvis’ legendary manager Col. Tom Parker who controlled every aspect of the singers’ life.