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Kevin Macdonald boards Elvis biopic Last Train to Memphis

Kevin Macdonald, State of Play

Story by Jack Foley

SCOTTISH director Kevin MacDonald is to direct Elvis Presley biopic Last Train to Memphis.

According to Variety, the movie will be based on the 1995 biography by Peter Guralnick and will chronicle Presley’s early years and his transformation from a high school kid to an overnight sensation.

Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman are among the film’s producers, via Jagged Films, while Fox 2000 are distributing.

The search is now on for a young actor to play Elvis, with contenders being urged to audition via a newly-launched website, Young Elvis Presley, where actors can submit audition tapes singing six to eight bars of any Presley song.

Macdonald most recently helmed another film about a music icon, the critically-acclaimed documentary Marley. But he’s also known as a feature director whose credits include the Oscar-winning Last King of Scotland, Roman epic The Eagle and last year’s Life In A Day.

His next film is due for release in October and is an adaptation of Meg Rosoff’s award-winning Young Adult novel How I Live Now starring Saoirse Ronan.

Jagger, meanwhile, has been heavily involved with music biopics of late, having also produced the untitled James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman and worked with Terence Winter and Martin Scorsese on a 1970s-set music biz drama at HBO.

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