Inside 'ELVIS' and Baz Luhrmann's 'dizzying' biopic

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The plot of the upcoming biopic ELVIS is pretty straightforward, tracing his origins through superstardom, ending in his early demise at the age of 42. But with director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge, The Great Gatsby, Romeo + Juliet) at the helm, some unconventional decisions were made in the storytelling.

"I thought the movie walked this impressive line in terms of humanizing Presley amid all of the pink satin suits and the customary Luhrmann split-screens and all of the excess," Hadadi adds. "I thought that there was an emotional core there that really hit me."

Listen to the full chat above and don’t miss Baz Luhrmann’s ELVIS, only in theaters June 24. While you're feelin' the burnin' love, check out the incredible soundtrack featuring “original songs and recordings” from Doja CatStevie NicksTame ImpalaJack White, Måneskin, Eminem & Ceelo Green, Diplo, Denzel Curry, Jazmine SullivanSwae LeeChris Isaac, and Kacey Musgraves.
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