If you’ve been patiently waiting for an Elvis Presley biopic to come along that does justice to the life and times of the legendary rockstar, then your lucky day might be coming soon, because a perfect storm of musical biopic experience has just come together to create a film project called Last Train to Memphis that’s planned to dramatize the early period of Presley’s life—where he transformed from being a kid with a guitar into the ultimate pop culture icon—and is based off of Peter Guralnick’s 1995 Presley biography of the same name.
According to a report from Variety, the project is being put together by Fox 2000, who already scored big with the 2005 Johnny Cash biopic, Walk the Line. It’s going to be produced by Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger, who is also currently involved in a James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman. And it’s to be directed by Kevin Macdonald, who saw great success with his 2006 biopic of Idi Amin, The Last King of Scotland, and who also has experience helming documentaries about famous musicians, including last year’s Bob Marley documentary, Marley. Last Train to Memphis is a movie that brings quite an impressive pedigree to the table.
What it doesn’t yet have in place is an actor to bring the legendary singer to life though, and the indicators are that they’re not necessarily looking to land a big Hollywood name to fill the part. As a matter of fact, the studio has launched a website at Young Elvis Casting, where anyone can submit a video of themselves reading a few lines from a script the studio provides and then singing six to eight bars from any Elvis song from before 1957 that they choose.
Do you have a good voice, greasy hair, a curled smile, and swively hips? Then this could be your chance not only to star in a movie, but to play one of the biggest icons of modern culture, and to work with one of the most respected directors in the business. I mean, sure, chances are they’re just going to go with Ashton Kutcher or somebody eventually, but make enough of an impression and you could probably at least make it onto the special features of the DVD. And then, the world…