biographical film for the first time.
ELVIS, a new four-hour mini-series will start production in New Orleans in January 2005, for broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The fact-based drama is about the life of Elvis Presley, one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived. With the full cooperation and participation of the Elvis Presley Estate, his electrifying yet tumultuous story -- from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame -- will be told. Presley's master recordings will be heard in a biographical film for the first time.
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers ("Bend it Like Beckham") stars as Elvis Presley; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") stars as Gladys Presley; Golden Globe Award winner Randy Quaid ("LBJ: The Early Years") stars as "Colonel" Tom Parker, and Rose McGowan ("Charmed") stars as Ann-Margret.
Elvis Presley's dynamic life story begins in Tupleo, Miss., where he was born into poverty to Vernon and Gladys Presley. His looks, talent and moves helped to make him the universally proclaimed King of Rock 'n' Roll by the age of 21. With a sneer on his lips and a swivel in his hips, he burst on the scene with a unique style that provided a catalyst for a revolution in music and popular culture unequaled by any other performer.
His life was shaped by the people closest to him, including his father; his over-protective mother, whom he adored, and his domineering manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker. Although Presley was a sex symbol who made legions of women swoon, his personal liaisons, including his relationships with the actress Ann-Margret and his young bride Priscilla, were troubled. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Presley died at the age of 42 at his Memphis home, Graceland, on Aug. 16, 1977.
ELVIS is being produced by Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari ("Six Feet Under") for Greenblatt/Janollari studio. Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe ("It Must Be Love") are the executive producers for Jaffe/Braunstein Films, LTD. James Sadwith ("Sinatra") is directing from a script by Patrick Sheane Duncan ("Mr. Holland's Opus").
Rhys-Meyers To Play Elvis
The King is soon to be taken on by Irish actor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers of Bend It Like Beckham fame. The 27-year-old actor has bagged the part of Elvis in a new US mini-series because the producer was bowled over by his physical similarity to the legendary crooner. Short of implying that Jonathan is actually a reincarnation of the King, exec producer Howard Braunstein has revealed that he chose the actor for his "uncanny" resemblance to Elvis. "He was the first person I'd ever thought of for the role," Braunstein said. "I watched Bend It Like Beckham and when you see him, you just say, 'He is Elvis'. "He has the physical look and the style that embodies Elvis, both the sweetness and the sex appeal," he went on.
Jonathan, who will appear on our cinema screens in January with the release of Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon, didn't exactly just wait for the call to come in for the part. Instead, he dressed up as Elvis and sent a film of himself imitating the singer's distinctive southern drawl - and it plainly worked. Braunstein added: "It was uncanny - the voice sounded so authentic." Randy Quaid will play Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Parker and Scream actress Rose McGowan will play screen siren Ann-Margret, who starred with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas and had a fling with him before his Priscilla days
Rose McGowan To Play Ann-Margret
Contrary to what you may have heard, it takes a hot lady to warm up any hunka hunka burning love. Rose McGowan is close to signing on to CBS' "Elvis" biopic, playing Ann-Margret, one of several women to stir things up with the King of Rock 'n' Roll.
McGowan, who plays Paige Matthews on The WB's "Charmed," also has a history of dating rock stars, including a mult-year engagement to Brian Warner, often known as Marilyn Manson. Other credits for the actress range from the features "Scream" and "Jawbreaker" to the Pauly Shore classics "Encino Man" and "Bio-Dome."
Randy Quaid To Play Col. Tom Parker
Randy Quaid will portray The Colonel in CBS' upcoming "Elvis" minseries. Quaid is the first major actor to join the cast of the four-hour project, which will be the first TV pic to use master recordings of some of Elvis Presley's biggest hits.
Cigar-chomping Parker, who was Presley's longtime (and oft-controversial) manager, died in 1997, having helped guide the King of rock 'n' roll to massive success.
Production is set to begin next month on the mini-series with additional casting announcements expected in the next few weeks.