7 Actors Who Played Elvis Presley Before American Actor Austin Butler
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7 Actors Who Played Elvis Presley Before American Actor Austin Butler

June 22, 2022 Share

Elvis will hit theatres on June 24, 2022.

Dubbed the King of Rock & Roll, the legendary Elvis Presley is about to reappear in a few days, with the new Elvis movie set to be released in cinemas on June 24, 2022. Starring American actor Austin Butler, who mostly showed faces on the television series Switched at Birth and leading roles in The Carrie Diaries and The Shannara Chronicles.

According to Deadline, “the film will highlight the relationship between Elvis and his longtime manager. It will reportedly look back on the singer who came from dirt-poor origins” on his journey to becoming an “iconic star who changed the course of music.”

Drake Milligan as Elvis Presley in “Sun Records”

A portrait of Drake Milligan doing an Elvis impersonation. Pinterest.

Drake Milligan, named ‘the new Elvis of Country,’ the Elvis impersonater and singer charmed the judges on America’s Got Talent and American Idol with a lively original song. The singer from Fort Worth, Texas, sings an original song called Sounds Like Something I’d Do. After starring as none other than young Elvis Presley in the highly-regarded TV series Sun Records in 2017, even though it lasted one season, his spark from this ignited a flame of opportunities. From breaking out onto Spotify and hitting high in the iTunes charts, the 24-year-old singer is still living out his Elvis dream of becoming a star.

Michael Shannon as Elvis Presley in “Elvis & Nixon”

Portrait of Michael Shannon. Photo by Matthew Welch.

Michael Shannon resurrected Elvis in the film Elvis & Nixon, released in 2016. The actor played The King to significant effect in Liza Johnson’s entertainment. Imagining the legendary meeting between President Richard Nixon and Elvis Presley “when he was in his mid-30s as the counterculture of the 1970s sets him adrift,” as told by Yahoo. American actor Kevin Spacey played his co-star. 

Jack White as Elvis Presley in “Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story” 

Jack White revealed that he was the secret buyer of Elvis Presley’s first recording and will reissue the vinyl for Record Store Day. Photo by Kevin Mazur.

The White Stripes singer starred as The King in the film Walk Hard in 2007, starring Magnolia actor John C. Reilly. This mid-century Rock & Roll movie is a parody with a cameo appearance as part of Dewey Phillips’s early career, with Phillips performing at the same concert as Elvis. Just about every Elvis fan knows the name of ‘Daddy-O’, aka Phillips, like that of the disc jockey who first played Elvis’ That’s All Right on his ‘Red, Hot and Blue’ radio programme.

Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Elvis in “Elvis: The Early Years” 

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According to Yahoo, “Meyers won the Golden Globe Award for best actor in a miniseries or television film for his performance in 2005.”

Tyler Hilton as Elvis in “Walk the Line” 

Tyler Hilton [as Elvis Presley] – Walk The Line. Pinterest.

Another 2005 phenomenon occurred when Hilton’s supporting role as a young Elvis in this biopic of fellow Sun Records musician Johnny Cash. He’s seen chiefly early on while touring with Cash and two other future legends: Carl Perkins and Johnny Lee Lewis.

Michael St. Gerard as Elvis in “Elvis” 

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St. Gerard played Elvis in 1989. The show followed Elvis’s early career and rose to stardom but was cancelled and turned into an ABC miniseries instead.

David Scott as Elvis in “This Is Elvis” 

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David Scott portrayed Elvis at age 18 and provided the vocals for those scenes. According to Yahoo, “Paul Boensch II played 10-year-old Elvis, Dana MacKay played him at age 35, and Johnny Harra portrayed Elvis at age 42, the year of his death”.

As we swing ourselves into the future, 2022 is opening its arms to another legendary movie on Elvis Presley. With more focus on his relationship with Elvis’ manager, Colonel Tom Parker, the man rumoured to have got $2.6 million in his pocket from The King’s most tremendous success.

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