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Could Robert Pattinson Play Elvis Presley in a Biopic?

pattinson-presley“Twilight” heartthrob Robert Pattinson has often complained about the lack of good move roles, but here’s one film that would play to all of his strengths — a biopic of the King of Rock, Elvis Presley.

This year marks the 75th anniversary of Presley’s birth and although he’s been dead for 33 years, Presley is as well known today as he was during his heyday.

His estate is estimated to generate more than $100 million a year, and Presley was even featured on a recent “American Idol” show.


Contestant Crystal Bowersox belted out an Elvis tune “Saved” a mix of blues and gospel. Bowersox is a big fan of the genre, which was popularized by Elvis.

And both are major heartthrobs!

The movie, obviously, would focus on Elvis’s early years as he makes his way from Tupelo, Miss., and Memphis, Tenn. to the offices of Sun Records and owner Sam Phillips.

At the time Phillips was eager to bring break the ugly race barrier in America and bring the sound of African American music to a wider audience.


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In many ways it was a defining moment in U.S. history, when the nation began to question many of the values that rock and roll eventually rebelled against.

While Presley was never overtly political and became quite conservative later in his career, he was nonetheless on the cutting edge of a music and social revolution.

He went on to become the best-selling solo artist in the history of popular music, until his career spiraled out of control and he died in Aug. 1977.

Rob would be perfect for the role, for one, because he bears a striking resemblance in the King of Rock.

He also has a strong interest in music. Plus he has that rebellious, carefree attitude that captures the essence of a young Elvis.

Elvis Presley early in his career.

Elvis Presley early in his career.

It would be a tough role to play. Presley is so iconic, there were be a danger that any portrayal would be criticized as mere caricature.

But Joaquin Phoenix took that risk when he portrayed Johnny Cash in “Walk the Line.” He pulled off a highly credible performance, and had never played the guitar before the film.

The movie would potentially be a huge hit because of the curiosity among a new generation, epitomized by Bowersox, about the early years of rock and roll.

Of course, movies about music are not necessarily sure box office winners, but a number of recent films have been solid hits.

“Almost Famous,” the 2000, Cameron Crowe directed film about a teenage writer for Rolling Stone magazine covering a rock band, didn’t break even despite favorable reviews and four Oscar nominations.

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“Ray,” a 2004 biopic focusing musician Ray Charles, on the other hand, was both a commercial and critical success. The film cost $40 million to make and grossed about $125 million worldwide.

Star Jamie Foxx also won the Academy Award for best actor.

The Bill Condon-directed 2006 film, “Dreamgirls,” with big studio backing from DreamWorks and Paramount Pictures, was also a smash.

With stars like Jamie Foxx, Beyoncé Knowles, Eddie Murphy and breakout actress Jennifer Hudson, it grossed $155 million worldwide. It was nominated for eight Oscars and won two, including best supporting actress for Hudson.

But a more recent film, “Cadillac Records,” flopped.

The 2008 American musical biopic, written and directed by Darnell Martin, was made for a modest $12 million, but only pulled in $8 million at the box office, despite starring Beyonce, Adrien Brody, Cedric the Entertainer and Mos Def.

Rob would certainly be taking a risk with a Presley movie, but at this stage of his career he can, and should take chances. Plus, it could be his first chance at working with Oscar material.

Problem is, there are no known Elvis movies in the works. Maybe there should be.

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  • Brian Quinn

    Actually Simon Fuller is currently looking at scripts for just such a film. Robert Pattinson could be a candidate.

    Brian

  • KittTatt

    It’s an interesting idea, and I for one would love to see Rob have a chance to show off some more of his musical ability. I do have to disagree about an Elvis flick being his first shot at Oscar material, though. Rob is currently shooting Water for Elephants with Christoph Waltz and Reese Witherspoon, 2 actors who have Oscars. So does the director, Francis Lawrence and a good portion of the production company. The book is a best-seller and a terrific story. This film has Oscar all over it!

  • Michelle Bradshaw (Lynne’s Mum)

    Rob has the same charisma about him that Elvis had, something undefinable. I wouldn’t want Rob to do a Biopic of Elvis at this time in his career because the backlash will cripple him career wise if it failed. i don’t think anybody could portray Elvis because he, like Robert, is unique. Sorry Rob but it would be a bad career move.

  • Eve

    Fu*k no

  • amber

    If any celeb should play Elvis in a biopic it should be Adam Lambert. He looks so much like him, and he can sing. Rob is beautiful and he sings, but its a completely different vibe. No to Rob, yes to Adam. :-)

  • Adryna`

    Yes Robert Pattinson would play a great Elvis. I am a huge Elvis fan, and I the resemblance between Elvis and Robert is very similar. My husband always asks why I think Robert is sexy and I give him the same answer every time Robert Pattinson and Elvis have the same sad and mysterious eyes it just draws me in.

  • Jay

    I believe this is the “Last Train to Memphis” project that has been in the works for the last decade or so… Based on the book by Peter Guralnick, it is considered the best biography of the early Presley’s life. 20th century fox gave the green light for this project about 4-5 years ago based on a solid script by Jim Uhls (Fight Club). I thought that it had been shelved but looks like it might be made again after all. Leonardo Decaprio was originally interested in playing young Presley but considering his age now it would be out of the question playing young Presley, since this movie takes place from his early rise to fame till his induction in to the army.

  • Al

    Please please please, put and Elvis movie until he died for a change. Get Graceland enterprise on board to film at the real location including Graceland.

  • GQ

    I am a huge Robert fan but I don’t want him to play Elvis.
    It’s not he doesn’t have enough talent to do it but I just don’t see much similarity except for sexual magnetism.

  • lynnette

    No. Not Elvis. We’re so familiar with every Elvis tic that it would have to be nothing but a mime show. He should do a biopic about the great Scottish Poet-songwriter Robert Burns. The story has everything— singing, drinking, carrousing, loving, fame, poverty and tragedy. Burns was gorgious, and he had a look of mischief, much like Robert often gets. It’s amazing the story hasn’t been done before. Maybe its because there was nobody who could do it. Jane Campion “Bright Star” should direct.

  • Amelia Gray

    i love all Eddie Murphy movies. i like also the movie DAVE where he co stars with Elizabeth Banks.”~;

  • Jack Carter

    No one will beat the king which is Elvis Presley.;’.

  • janice

    It all depends on the script. Rob would be good in anything

  • Heather Lonaker

    No my GOD no, he looks nothing like Elvis Presley. Elvis was perfect, this other guy has a huge nose small lips, how can people see Elvis in him? Come on people there is no resemblance between him and Elvis. Get Elvis’ grandson, he looks a lot like him.

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  • http://bit.ly/f44Z16?=a20v99 Christa

    “She’s quite a disturbed little girl.”-My dad “Who?”- Me+My Mom “Justin Bieber.” Lmfao, what even? xD That was the most epic thing ever http://bit.ly/f44Z16?=a273v99

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