Wait, Who Is Austin Butler? Everything You Need To Know About The New Elvis
Making the leap to a big-budget musical biopic has emerged as Hollywood's favourite method for sending a not-quite-there career to stratospheric new heights. It happened with Rami Malek, it happened with Taron Egerton, and if all of Baz Luhrmann's ideas go according to plan, it'll happen for Austin Butler too, as he's emerged as the director's choice to take on the hotly-contested role of Elvis Presley in the upcoming film based around the life of the King of Rock n' Roll himself.
Luhrmann himself has confirmed the casting, saying in a statement that through "a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world's most iconic musical figures".
Just taking a look at the guy, at first glance it would appear that Luhrmann's intuitions are bang on the money, but Butler is still a relative unknown to large swathes of movie and TV fans, and taking on the role represents a massive step-up for the 27 year-old. He wasn't in any of our personal predictions for the role, but alas, here he is.
But who is Butler, and where might you have seen him before? Here's everything you need to know.
How old is Austin Butler?
Butler is 27-years-old however he looks much younger, which would theoretically give him the look to be able to portray Elvis throughout much of his early years.
How tall is Austin Butler?
Butler is 183cm, or just a shade over 6 ft. Presley himself was 182cm.
Who is Butler dating?
Ever a teen heart-throb, Butler has had his share of romances over the last decade or so. He seems to have found love with Vanessa Hudgens though, who he met on the set of High School Musical in 2006 and who he's been dating since 2011.
Butler's Career Until Now
Butler first made his name one of the most prominent figures in kids TV throughout the early and mid 2000s, taking on numerous roles across titles on networks like Nickelodeon and the Disney Channel. If you're of the right age, for instance, you may know him from his recurring roles in shows like Zoey 101, Hannah Montana and Ned's Declassified School Survival Guide.
After making the transition into teen dramas, Butler then emerged as a force on both stage and screen, becoming a regular figure on TV and broadway over the last 10 years. Most notably, he starred in The CW's Sex and the City prequel series, The Carrie Diaries, and established himself as a primetime figure with recurring roles in shows like Arrow and The Shanarra Chronicles. Even so, it took a while for Butler to earn himself any real critical acclaim, and it was only when he first appeared on Broadway that he started turning heads for his acting chops.
"Although there are many performers in George C. Wolfe's staging of Eugene O'Neill's phenomenal [...] drama, The Iceman Cometh, [...] there is only one actor, and his name is Austin Butler," wrote The New Yorker last year. "Butler is the opposite of cynical. He wants to do right by O’Neill, his director, and his fellow-players. And, no matter how much they bray around him, he stands his ground, reacting to what may be pure in them, as performers, with his own purity, the wellspring of his work, which is that of a potentially great artist."
Since then, his career has taken off somewhat. He landed a major role in ensemble zombie comedy The Dead Don't Die, and is now officially a Tarantino-approved talent, as he's set to play Tex in Once Upon A Time... In Hollywood.
But does Butler fit the bill for Elvis? At first glance, absolutely. He's a duel talent at both singing and acting, and is a multi-instrumentalist, skilled both at both Guitar and Piano. Perhaps more importantly, the roles that he was unfortunately typecast into from his first days acting, that of the young heartthrob and the archetypal teen crush, have prepared him perfectly for the task of portraying perhaps the most prolific real-life heartthrob of the 20th century. Only time will tell though.