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Rufus Sewell to play Elvis Presley's father in Luhrmann musical biopic

The Pale Horse

Story by Jack Foley

RUFUS Sewell is set to play Vernon Presley, the father of Elvis Presley, in Baz Luhrmann’s as-yet untitled biopic about the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

The British actor will line up alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal, who is set to play mother Gladys Presley, and Austin Butler, as Elvis.

The upcoming Warner Bros. project is described as focusing on Elvis’ rise and stardom, with a major spotlight on his relationship with Col. Tom Parker. Tom Hanks is set to play Parker, the manager who controlled every aspect of the singing and acting icon’s life.

Warners is describing the drama as having a story that will “delve into their complex dynamic spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America”.

Luhrmann is producing the feature with his wife, Catherine Martin.

Sewell, whose recent credits include the Oscar-winning Judy and the Amazon series The Man in High Castle, can currently be seen on the small screen in critically-acclaimed BBC thriller The Pale Horse.