Baz Luhrmann will be directing the biographical musical movie Elvis in 2022. Sam Bromell, Craig Pearce, and Jeremy Doner also contributed to the screenplay. The film chronicles the life of rock and roll legend Elvis Presley from Colonel Tom Parker’s point of view, emphasizing Parker’s financial exploitation of Presley. Tom Hanks plays Parker, while Kelvin Harrison Jr., Olivia DeJonge, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Richard Roxburgh, Helen Thomson, David Wenham, and Luke Bracey play supporting roles. Austin Butler plays the title role.
Luhrmann would be directing an Elvis Presley biopic, announced in 2014, but the project wasn’t made public until March 2019. In July of that year, Butler was chosen for the lead role over several well-known actors. In January 2020, Luhrmann’s native Australia saw the start of filming; however, the COVID-19 pandemic caused a break in production from March to September. In March 2021, more than a year after filming started, it was finished. Elvis had its world premiere on May 25 at the Cannes Film Festival. On June 23 in Australia and June 24 in the US, Warner Bros. Pictures released Elvis in theaters.
Where Was Elvis 2022 Filmed?
Elvis was entirely filmed in Australia, specifically in various Queensland locations. Principal photography started in January 2020 but was interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic in March of that same year. This was due to Tom Hanks, who plays Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager, testing positive for the infection. According to reports, production started again in September 2020 and ended in March 2021.
Luhrmann used a little bit of movie magic to transform Queensland, Australia into these American cities. The entire Elvis movie was shot in the northeastern region of Australia. Of course, the original production plan did not include that. Elvis was scheduled to partially shoot in the south prior to lockdown. It was simpler to stay in Australia, though. This resulted in a small tax break for production.
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The Australian state of Queensland’s Gold Coast served as the location for a large portion of the filming. In fact, it was intended to film the entire project in Gold Coast, from beginning to end, so the majority of the scenes were shot in and around the city. The modern Village Roadshow Studios, on Entertainment Road in the Oxenford neighborhood of the Gold Coast, is where the majority of the movie was recorded.
In order to save money, many productions actually shoot in various locations. It’s the reason Marvel frequently picks Atlanta as a location, and a large number of Stranger Things filming locations are also in Georgia. It makes sense that they would want to make a few cuts here and there in a large movie like Elvis. And the majority of the movie’s scenes were ultimately filmed at the Village Roadshow Studios, where some of the scenes for Aquaman and Thor: Ragnarok were also filmed.
Transforming Queensland Into Graceland
The production crew had a difficult time recreating some famous locations, like Graceland. Catherine Martin, the production’s costume designer, however, revealed that she was able to tour Graceland with the mansion’s chief archivist and take thorough notes. Martin added that she took some paint swatches from the house to match the same shade of blue for their recreation in Australia. In order to make Graceland in the movie look as historically accurate as possible, it was actually constructed on the site of a former horse paddock.
Although the story follows the life of the title character Luhrmann made the decision to film his film in his home country of Australia from the time of his death in Memphis, Tennessee, to Tupelo, Mississippi, where he spent his childhood. The production also shot several scenes inside a studio set in addition to scenes on location. Let’s now look at the specific websites that were used to make the movie.
One of the many locations used to recreate scenes from Elvis’ life, particularly those showing his performances in Las Vegas, was Stage 5 of the enormous production facility. Most significantly, parts of his famous Memphis home, Graceland, were also replicated in the studio. Elvis particularly loved this home because he spent a lot of time there and because it is where he passed away.
It appears that the filmmakers spent time in the real house learning how to replicate it in Australia for the movie. One of the biggest and most well-known film studios in the world, Village Roadshow Studios has produced a number of films and TV shows, including “Aquaman,” “Godzilla vs. Kong,” and “Young Rock.”
Arundel, another Gold Coast suburb, was used to record additional scenes that portrayed Beale Street and its renowned Club Handy, two iconic Memphis locations. A meticulous replica of the renowned street and club was constructed by the production team, complete with a circular drive that enables cars to cruise circuits in a realistic manner. In addition, given that the film was shot during the pandemic, the tumultuous crowds that swarm around The King in several sequences appear to be the result of partial special effects.