Tom Hanks is playing Colonel Tom Parker in the movie (Picture: Steve Granitz/WireImage)
The 59-year-old director has helmed the new movie about the life of the legendary King of Rock and Roll and is particularly excited about Oscar-winner Hanks’ portrayal of Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker.
Speaking to CinemaBlend, he shared: ‘When it comes to Colonel Tom Parker, I really enjoy – one of my great joys in life is working with well-known actors who are very well known for certain strings on their instrument.
‘But I thrill at the idea of being useful, just supportive, in allowing – every actor always has so much more to give than you ever see from them. They always have so many more strings on their instrument than they get to play.’
The Great Gatsby filmmaker labelled the Saving Private Ryan star ‘the Rolls Royce of actors’ and explained that working with Hanks ‘is a ride you want to be on’.
He added: ‘But to be around him and to let him – he’ll be playing a new string on his instrument. And I think that’s a thrilling thing to see.’
Director Luhrmann siad he was ‘thrilled’ to have worked with Hanks (Picture: Don Arnold/WireImage)
Elvis Presley holds court at 1972 in New York City press conference with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Picture: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Hanks is best known for his avuncular roles in films, peaking with 2019’s A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood, in which he played beloved US TV host Fred Rogers.
Production on the movie in Australia had been halted after Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson tested positive for Covid-19 at the beginning of the pandemic and Baz previously expressed gratitude to the state of Queensland for supporting the project – which stars Austin Butler in the lead role – despite the health crisis.
Austen Butler is portraying legendary musician Elvis (Picture: Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic)
When the movie resumed shooting in September 2020, welcoming star Hanks back to set, the director said in a statement: ‘I cannot emphasise enough how lucky we feel in the current climate that the state of Queensland, and Queenslanders in general, have been so supportive of this film.
‘We thank our partners in the Queensland Government and Queensland Health for their extremely diligent process, so that we can be an example of how creativity and productivity can proceed safely and responsibly in a way that protects our team and the community at large.’
The untitled Elvis biopic is set to release in cinemas on June 24.