Harry Styles is reportedly one of the five actors said to be in the running to portray Elvis Presley in a new biopic about The King’s life.

No matter who you are, there’s no denying the impact that Elvis Presley had upon pop culture throughout the 20th century. As one of the most recognisable names in music history, his talent and legacy is undeniable, with numerous tributes being made to the man they called The King of Rock and Roll.

Now though, a new biopic is reportedly in the works, with Australian director Baz Luhrmann currently in the casting process for his new, as-yet-untitled project.

According to The Hollywood Reporter though, Luhrmann has narrowed down his choices for the lead role to just five actors; Austin Butler, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Ansel Elgort, Miles Teller, and Harry Styles.

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While Austin Butler is known for his work on TV series The Carrie Diaries, Aaron Taylor-Johnson has become well-known for appearing in films such as Kick-Ass and Avengers: Age Of Ultron.

Meanwhile, Ansel Elgort received a Golden Globe Award nomination for Baby Driver in 2017, while Miles Teller gained widespread critical praise for his work on the Academy Award-winning Whiplash in 2014.

However, the most prominent of these names is undoubtedly Harry Styles of One Direction. With years of experience playing to screaming crowds like Elvis did, Styles has only managed one big-name acting role to date, receiving his role in Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk back in 2017.

While the lead role is still up for debate, director Baz Luhrmann has reportedly already cast the role of Elvis Presley’s manager Colonel Tom Parker, with Tom Hanks set to depict the Dutch-born entrepreneur.

At this stage though, there’s no word as to whether or not the potential star power of Harry Styles, or the iconic nature of its subject matter, will be enough to help the upcoming Elvis Presley film to overtake Bohemian Rhapsody as the highest-grossing music biopic in history.

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