Baz Luhrmann to film Elvis movie on the Gold Coast

Another major blockbuster movie is coming to the Gold Coast bringing a massive Hollywood star with it.

The man who brought us Strictly Ballroom, Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge is set to bring a touch of Memphis to the Glitter Strip with his next project.

Aussie director and screenwriter Baz Luhrmann has confirmed his Elvis Presley biopic will be filmed at the Village Roadshow studios.


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It follows talks with Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk during her recent trade mission to the UK.

Luhrmann says is looking forward to getting back to Queensland.

“Australia continues to be one of the great filmmaking locations in the world, where we’ve created everything from Paris cabarets to the Jazz Age in New York.

“Since shooting significant portions of the film Australia in Queensland, I’ve been excited to get back to such a conducive creative environment to realize this film.

“Along with CM and my entire team, I am committed to not only making the film, but also developing Queensland’s creative culture and supporting filmmakers, storytellers and artists of all kinds, in the same manner that we ourselves were supported and mentored early in our careers.”

The movie is set to follow the life of the music legend from the start of his career, his worldwide success through to his death.

It will focus on the complicated relationship between Presley and his manager Colonel Tom Parker who is set to be played by Oscar winner Tom Hanks.

The film is expected to create 900 jobs and pump $105 million into the Queensland economy.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk says it’s another massive boost for the local film industry.

“The continuous pipeline of major productions means the talented people working in Queensland’s screen industry have an opportunity to work with a legend like Baz Luhrmann.”

Luhrmann has spent the past year and a half researching Presley’s life for the movie.

He’s yet to find an actor to play The King with a worldwide search now on while he’s also yet to settle on a title for the movie.

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