Elvis cast: How biopic stars compare to real-life counterparts

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Tom Hanks is transformed as Colonel Tom Parker. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Tom Hanks is transformed as Colonel Tom Parker. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Baz Luhrmann's Elvis biopic is set to be one of summer's must-see films, featuring Tom Hanks' much-talked-about transformation into Colonel Tom Parker.

Hanks isn't the only cast member to be rocking a very different look in the superstar's life story — the makeovers will surely put the costume and make-up teams in line for any number of awards.

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Take a look at the film's stars and the stunning transformations they've undergone for Elvis.

Austin Butler - Elvis

Austin Butler plays Elvis. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Austin Butler plays Elvis. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Playing the title role of Elvis is Austin Butler, a 30-year-old US actor who has appeared in Sex and the City spin-off The Carrie Diaries, and Once Upon A Time...In Hollywood.

His look obviously features the trademark Elvis quiff and lip curl.

BURBANK, CA - JUNE 27: Rock and roll musician Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Elvis Presley performing on the Elvis comeback TV special on June 27, 1968. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Tom Hanks – Colonel Tom Parker

Tom Hanks is transformed as Colonel Tom Parker. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Fans of Hollywood superstar Tom Hanks were surprised to see first-look images from Elvis showing him at a much bigger size than usual in role as manager Colonel Tom Parker.

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By the time he appeared at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, Hanks was back to a more toned look.

UNITED STATES - JANUARY 01:  (AUSTRALIA OUT) USA  Photo of Colonel Tom PARKER and Elvis PRESLEY, with manager Colonel Tom Parker - posed, c.1956/1967  (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Colonel Tom Parker and Elvis Presley c.1956/1967. (GAB Archive/Redferns)

Olivia DeJonge – Priscilla Presley

Olivia DeJonge is Priscilla Presley. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Olivia DeJonge is Priscilla Presley. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Australian actor Olivia DeJonge, 24, has gone for a radical change in hair to become Elvis' wife Priscilla Presley, with a much darker, more bouffant do.

She starred in recent TV drama The Staircase, based on the true crime documentary of the same name.

(Original Caption) Las Vegas, Nev..Entertainer, Elvis Presley sits cheek to cheek wit his bride, the former Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967.
Elvis Presley with Priscilla Ann Beaulieu, following their wedding May 1, 1967. (Getty)

Richard Roxburgh – Vernon Presley

Richard Roxburgh is Elvis' dad Vernon. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Richard Roxburgh is Elvis' dad Vernon. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Another Australian star, the 60-year-old actor who appeared in Catherine the Great, Van Helsing and Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! plays Elvis' dad Vernon.

(Original Caption) 8/12/1958-Memphis, TN: Pvt. Elvis Presley and his father, Vernon Presley discuss the illness of Presley's mother outside her hospital room. Mrs. Presley is hospitalized with a liver ailment described as
Elvis Presley and his father, Vernon Presley. (Getty)

Helen Thomson – Gladys Presley

Helen Thomson plays Elvis' mum Gladys. (Getty/Warner Bros)
Helen Thomson plays Elvis' mum Gladys. (Getty/Warner Bros)

Like her fellow Australian star DeJonge, Helen Thomson has had a hair makeover - swapping to a dark, rollered style to play Elvis' mum Gladys.

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Viewers may recognise her from Elisabeth Moss crime drama Top of the Lake.

1956:  Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley relaxes with his parents Vernon and Gladys in 1956. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)
Rock and roll singer Elvis Presley relaxes with his parents Vernon and Gladys in 1956. (Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Kelvin Harrison Jr – B.B. King

Austin Butler and Tom Hanks star in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis. (Warner Bros.)
Austin Butler as Elvis and Kelvin Harrison Jr as BB King in Baz Luhrmann's Elvis. (Warner Bros.)

The film also features fellow musician, B.B. King — played here by Kelvin Harrison Jr who shows the blues singer in his younger days.

US actor Harrison, 27, is best known for his roles in The Trial of the Chicago 7 and Waves, both of which he won numerous awards for.

BB King poses for a studio portrait in 1955 in the United States. He holds a Fender Esquire guitar. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
BB King poses for a studio portrait in 1955 in the United States. (Gilles Petard/Redferns)

Elvis is released in cinemas on 24 June.

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