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Harry Styles has revealed that he auditioned to play Elvis in the new Baz Luhrmann biopic. Styles shared the news during Howard Stern’s SiriusXM show on Wednesday, May 18, calling Elvis Presley’s music “incredibly sacred.”
The movie, which will premiere on June 24delves into the King of Rock and Roll’s relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (played by Tom Hanks) spanning more than 20 years, from the rock and roll icon’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, in the context of the changing cultural landscape and the loss of innocence in America.
“Elvis was probably the first person I met besides my family when I was a kid.“, the singer said. “For that reason, there was something incredibly sacred around him, so I thought I should try to get the role.”
Styles continued, “I was very intrigued by that… I feel like, if a director feels like I’m not the best person for the part, then it’s better for them and it’s better for me,” he said. “Yes they think the movie is going to be better with someone else, so I don’t want to do it because I don’t want to be the not-so-good version.”
He also shared that he had to recreate an iconic Elvis performance in Las Vegas and act out some scenes for the audition. Styles admitted he didn’t feel like he looked much like Presleyand he wasn’t insulted that they decided to go with Austin Butler for the role.
The former One Direction star will release his third studio album ‘Harry’s House’ on May 20, and recently confirmed a North American tour for this year. In a review of the pop star’s latest album, it has been called “hands down Styles’ best record yet” and added that it “features a musician comfortable and confident in what he wants to create right now.”