Elvis: Maggie Gyllenhall Plays Elvis’ Mother, Gladys Presley

Variety Reports:

Maggie Gyllenhall will play Gladys Presley, the King of Rock and Roll’s mother, in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis.

Production is expected to start this spring.

The Warner Bros. film stars Austin Butler in the title role and Tom Hanks as Elvis Presley’s manger, Colonel Tom Parker.

The script, co-written by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce revolves around the veteran manager and the young singer, who came from dirt-poor origins to become an icon who changed the course of music history.

The project marks Luhrmann’s first film since his 2013 adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

He most recently worked on the Netflix series “The Get Down.”

Presley always talked about his devotion to his mother, calling her his number one girl. The close relationship continued when the musician’s career took off and during Gladys’ bout of depression due to his time away from home.

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