The stars of the biographical film about Elvis are rocking the red carpet at the premiere of the film on the Gold Coast

The Gold Coast of Queensland spread the red carpet with Hollywood A-lists at the Australian premiere of a new biographical film about Elvis.

Australian director Baz Luhrmann, who won an Oscar, joined the team of heavyweight stars on the Gold Coast on Saturday night, including Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Australian actress Olivia DeJonge.

The long-awaited film attracted global attention after its premiere last month at the Cannes Film Festival.

Butler, who plays Elvis Presley, known as the King of Rock and Roll, said that showing the American icon is “the privilege of my life”.

“It was so much fun every day,” he said.

“It was a lot of hard work, but every day you feel there is so much inspiration.

“It’s a good feeling to come back [on the Gold Coast] where we made the film. “

Austin Butler on the red carpet
Austin Butler plays Elvis in a new biographical film about an American music icon.(Darren England / AAP)

Hanks suffered COVID during filming

The film hit the headlines in 2020 when Hanks was diagnosed with COVID-19 during filming.

Despite difficult beginnings, Luhrmann said production went according to plan.

“After Tom’s first shock [Hanks getting COVID-19]it was a dream recording, ”he said.

“In fact, we entered according to the plan and budget.

“So many people gave so much. I mean, restaurateurs who stayed open just to feed us. It was magical.”

Hanks did not stop talking to fans or the media while he was on the red carpet, but posed for photos with his colleagues and left before the film started.

Tom Hanks on the red carpet
In the film, Tom Hanks plays Elvis’s exploitation manager, Colonel Tom Parker.(Darren England / AAP)

Butler said that working with Hanks – his “hero” – was a “dream”, and playing Elvis made him nervous “every day”.

“Every day I would wake up around three or four in the morning with a pounding heart, I just felt its weight,” he said.

“It’s one of the biggest gifts he gave me, because Elvis talked a lot about his own anxiety and his own anxieties and things, and he achieved some pretty amazing things.

The film has as much brilliance and glamor as the Elvis era.

Designer Catherine Martin said she designed more than 9,000 costumes before she stopped counting.

“It was a bit of a crazy amount that I didn’t even imagine at first,” she said.

“When it comes to additional costumes alone, there were 9,000 complete costumes just for the background.

“Austin had over 90 costumes like Elvis, and then it just goes into numbers I can’t even think of.”

The Prime Minister of Queensland in sequins
Annastacia Palaszczuk with her partner Reza Adib (left) and director Baz Luhrmann.(Darren England / AAP)

Viva Las Gold Coast

The epic was completely filmed and produced on the Glitter Strip in Queensland, and Luhrmann moved the headquarters of his production company to Miami.

He drew thousands to the Pacific Fair at the premiere, and some lined up for hours.

Australian stars such as Lincoln Lewis, Troy Cassar-Daley, Lisa Curry and her husband Elvis impersonator Mark Tabone walked the red carpet along with Queensland Prime Minister Annastacio Palaszczuk, Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate and Governor Jeanette Young.

Mark Tabone and Lisa Curry
Mark Tabone and Lisa Curry pose for photos on the red carpet.(Darren England / AAP)

Ms. Palaszczuk said she plans to make the Gold Coast home to stars.

“It says a lot about Queensland and what Queensland can do to have Hollywood here on the Gold Coast,” she said.

“I want to have a permanent film industry here on the Gold Coast for Queensland. And those are jobs in Queensland … that’s what it’s about.”

A large mural of Elvis on a brick wall
Artist Matty Tapae painted this Elvis mural on the Gold Coast to pay tribute to the icon and the Luhrmann Base.(Bernadette Young / ABC)

Elvis fan street art has already begun to appear around town, and artist Matty Tapae is painting a 12-foot mural as a sign of “dedication to Elvis’ film … just out of love ”.

“I did this just as a big thank you to Base for bringing the premiere here and bringing GC art back to life,” he said.

The film is set to hit theaters on June 23.

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