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Here's Why Baz Luhrmann Didn't Cast Harry Styles as 'Elvis'

Austin Butler is making headlines for his highly-anticipated role of "Elvis" in the upcoming biopic, but the film's director shared that it could have gone to a different heartthrob... Harry Styles.

Harry Styles has proven that his talents go beyond the world of music. In fact, Styles hits the big screen alongside Florence Pugh in "Don't Worry Darling," a psychological thriller film directed by his girlfriend, Olivia Wilde, to be released September 23, 2022.


"Elvis" filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has the utmost faith in Styles’ skill, he revealed on the "Fitzy & Wippa" podcast.

“First of all, Harry is really a talented actor,” Luhrmann revealed. “The real issue with Harry is, he's Harry Styles. He's already an icon… he's such a great spirit. I have nothing but great things to say about Harry Styles.”

But, according to Luhrmann Butler was pretty much "born to play" the king of rock n' roll.

“The thing about Austin was that he will tell you himself, I didn’t pick him: It’s as if he was drawn, like the role drew him in, because he was almost born to play it... He just happened like two years non-stop living and breathing as Elvis. He’s now going through a sort of, it’s like, deprogramming thing because he’s been a long time since he’s known who he was.”

"Elvis" hits theaters June 24.

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