Whilst it is not uncommon to see huge former stars make comebacks on the celebrity entertainment scene, one which will be stretching the concept a little is Elvis Presley, said to be the topic of a new biopic as well as a new single being released in the near future.
The classic entertainer, who died in 1977, will be the subject of Last Train to Memphis, a cinematic re-imagining of a 1995 biography of the same name by Peter Guralnick. The film will focus on the early years of the singer’s career, with distributers 20th Century Fox issuing a casting call for actors ‘aged between 18-22′ to fulfil the lead role.
Behind the camera will be some high-profile names, with The Rolling Stones band member Mick Jagger producing on the title alongside Victoria Pearman with their company ‘Jagged Films’, whilst Kevin Macdonald (Last King of Scotland) will direct, and John Fusco (Crossroads) will create the script adaptation.
Meanwhile, on the more familiar side of Elvis’ career in music rather than being portrayed in film, an addition of sorts to his discography will be made when a Christmas duet is ‘recorded’ with Scottish singer Susan Boyle. Taking sound samples from past work, Boyle (famed for her rise to stardom on Britain’s Got Talent) will mix her vocals in with Elvis’ segments of “Oh Come All Ye Faithful”, released on the former’s ‘5th studio album’ Home For Christmas, scheduled for a release in late November.
She said of the opportunity: “To put a unique twist on classic Christmas songs is truly wonderful. I grew up listening to Elvis and to sing with him, well, I didn’t think it would be possible. Isn’t technology brilliant? The track is for my father – and for Elvis.”
Reactions to the film and song will not arrive for a while yet, though, namely because the two pieces of content in question are not yet available, so below are two other ‘alternative’ modern interpretations of Elvis that he may or may not have approved of: