Who Is Tom Hanks Playing within the Upcoming Elvis Presley Biopic?

by Jeremy Spirogis
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When the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic reached Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson, they have been each in Australia for the pre-production section of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis Presley movie from Warner Bros. 

While the movie, in accordance with IMDb, is scheduled to launch someday in 2021, filming will seemingly be delayed for the foreseeable future, so followers mustn’t anticipate to obtain this gem anytime quickly. Yet, if the film is like different biopics at present surfacing — Judy, Bohemian Rhapsody, A Beautiful Day within the Neighborhood — it’ll seemingly give attention to a particular portion of the King of Rock and Roll’s life. The movie will presumably spotlight a interval of strife, the King’s glory years, or his ascension to stardom, versus delving into his total existence (as earlier biopics typically did). 

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American actor and singer Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) dancing in a stylized jail uniform | Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

With Austin Butler of The Carrie Diaries, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, Zoey 101, and extra set to play Elvis Presley — which ought to come as no shock given his darkish black locks and piercing blue eyes — the film is able to rock and roll (an excessive amount of?). Yet, who will the one and solely Tom Hanks painting within the upcoming movie? Tom Hanks is about to play Colonel Tom Parker. 

Who is Colonel Tom Parker, and the way is he linked to Elvis Presley? 

Thomas Andrew “Colonel Tom” Parker was the Dutch-born supervisor of Elvis Presley, and their relationship was fairly distinctive. One was a brand new pressure in in style music (defying cultural requirements of the time), whereas the opposite was an entrepreneur with the precise skillset required to market such a musical affect.

Parker arrived in Americ at 18 years previous, but he by no means acquired a US passport, and he obtained to the states by leaping ship. His authorized standing remained unsure all through a lot of his life, and rumors recommend he could have been intertwined in a homicide again in his hometown of Breda, positioned within the southern a part of the Netherlands.

Parker by no means let Elvis tour abroad — which upset Presley followers spanning the globe — as he was presumably involved that he could be apprehended, ending his profitable life as a profession man.

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Even when Elvis Presley was stationed in West Germany for his two-year Army service from 1958 to 1960, Parker stayed within the United States — toes firmly planted on American soil. Yet, Parker was sensible sufficient to see Presley’s two-year service as a marketable life stage. Fans would anxiously await his return, creating the chance for an excellent comeback.

Parker was initially a carnival employee, but he labored up the ladder to a musical supervisor.  Parker found an unknown Elvis Presley in 1955 after discovering Tommy Sands — recognized for songs like “Crazy Cause I Love You,” “Sing Boy Sing,” “Soda Pop Pop,’ and extra. 

Will the film dive into Colonel Tom Parker too? 

While the film will undoubtedly give attention to Elvis Presley’s life, it goes with out saying {that a} secondary plot will discover Parker’s authorized standing and alleged close to run-ins with the regulation. Why signal on Tom Hanks if he’s merely going to be a secondary character with no cause for existence past an interdependent dynamic? 

Colonel Tom Parker boasts an fascinating previous and an enchanting profession journey, and the writers may additionally use his story to weave a related sociopolitical assertion, ought to they resolve to take such a route. 

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