Move over Harry, Ansel and Miles. Because there is a new contender in line for The King’s throne, and his name is Gerald Earl Gillum. But you’re probably more familiar with his stage name, G-Eazy.
According to TMZ, the Californian rapper and producer has been in talks with Warner Bros. about the role, and fancies himself as a bit of a chance.
News of G-Eazy’s interest in the role comes after reports surfaced last week claiming that director Baz Luhrmann was officially hunting for the man to fill his blue suede shoes. Since then, the Internet has hardly slept as fans of the musical biopic genre debate who will make the best Elvis. But no real clear consensus has been reached.
Until G-Eazy entered the ring, that was.
You see, while fellow frontrunners like Harry “heartthrob” Styles and Ansel “Baby Driver” Elgort each possess traits that could contribute to a worthy Elvis impersonation, we’re not convinced either of them have the innate quality Elvis is so fondly remembered for. And that’s true, old school, rock ‘n’ roll style.
Interestingly, being a denizen of the hip-hop universe, G-Eazy dresses in a way that calls to mind a young Hound Dog - should he exist within the context of 2019. (Before Elvis hit the wacky Jetson-esque suits and hamburgers, that is).
But seriously, not even two scrolls into Eazy’s Instagram and The King’s influence on the musician’s personal style becomes hard to unsee.
It’s there in the short-sleeve shirts, always unbuttoned to reveal just the right amount of chest and chain. It’s there in the gelled hair, too, - a style Eazy seems to be favouring more and more lately (coincidence, perhaps?).
Recently, he’s also been sporting a loafer, cropped pants and statement sock look that’s impossible not to trace back to Elvis’ emergence as a bona fide style icon.
And it would appear that Eazy would like his interest in the role to be heard - recently, he captioned an Instagram post with lyrics from The King’s 1956 hit, Don’t Be Cruel. “Don’t be cruel, to a heart that’s true,” he wrote, alongside a fit pic where he looks alarmingly Elvis-like.
Plus, G-Eazy’s got another competitive edge here: the man can sing. Having shot to fame around 2010, he also knows the ins and outs of the music industry intimately - something that will come in handy when portraying a man who was both a victim and a vanguard of the American music scene.
He’s never acted - and some critics are pointing out that could be his downfall. But that hasn’t stopped other musicians from gracing the silver screen. Earlier this year, we saw Machine Gun Kelly do an epic rendition of Motley Crue drummer Tommy Lee in Netflix’s The Dirt. And before Harry Styles was cast in Dunkirk, he’d never acted, either.
G-Eazy, our money’s on you.
Words: Amy Campbell