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Now that the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll got his own biopic, fans are wondering how to watch Elvis online after its theatrical run. For everything we know about the film—including how to stream it for free once it lands on streaming services—keep on reading below.
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Elvis, which premiered in theaters in June 2022, chronicles the true story of Elvis Presley’s life and career— from his early days as a Mississippi-born choir boy to his status as a bonafide rock ‘n’ roll legend. The film takes a close look at the mania surrounding his concert performances, his forays into acting and his iconic residency in Las Vegas.
The Baz Luhrmann-directed biopic also considers Presley’s complicated relationships—including his marriage to Priscilla Presley, and his dealings with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who many believe manipulated the hip-thrusting superstar throughout his career and stalled his success by preventing him from performing overseas.
Austin Butler, who plays the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll himself, opened up about the responsibility he felt toward honoring Presley and his family in an interview published by Collider. “This is beyond the film for me because it’s honoring a man’s life and one who has been so misconstrued, and his life has been so pulled out of context and all his family’s gone through,” Butler told the site on June 20, 2022. “So doing justice to them and him, that was so much pressure. This has taught me a lot about how to manage that level of responsibility and the feeling of when you have moments of self-doubt, what do you do and all that kind of stuff.”
For Butler, one of the most nerve-wracking parts of playing the King was waiting to see how his family—in particular, Presley’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley and daughter Lisa Marie Presley—felt about his performance in the film. “I was most scared to have Priscilla and Lisa Marie see it. That was when I was sweating,” Butler continued. “I was really nervous because they were at the core of everything for me. Once I knew how they felt about it, that relieved so much of the stress that I had felt for so long.”
Of course, Priscilla and Lisa Marie aren’t the only ones responding to the Luhrmann biopic—and fans are already searching for how to watch Elvis online to form an opinion for themselves. For everything we know about how to stream Elvis, including how to watch it for free once it arrives on streaming services, just keep on reading below.
When is Elvis coming out? Elvis premiered in theaters on June 24, 2022. You can find tickets to a local showing here.
How to watch Elvis online So, is there a way to watch Elvis online? Yes, soon! Elvis is expected to land on streaming services in August 2022. Assuming Elvis follows the same release pattern as other Warner Bros. films—like The Batman, Fantastic Beasts 3 and Father of the Bride—the film will arrive on HBO Max a minimum of 45 days after its theatrical release on June 24, 2022. This means fans can likely expect to see Elvis premiere on August 8, 2022, on HBO Max—and yes, there’s even a way to watch it for free on the streamer, which we’re diving into further up ahead.
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For now, however, fans looking for how to watch Elvis should know that they can catch the film in theaters. You can find tickets to a local showing here.
Now that you know Elvis is on its way to streaming services, you may be wondering if there’s a way to watch Elvis online for free. Well, fans of the King are in luck! Keep on reading ahead for our tips for streaming Elvis for free on HBO Max.
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Who’s in the Elvis cast? The Elvis cast is led by Austin Butler as the King of Rock and Roll himself, along with Tom Hanks, who plays his unruly manager, Colonel Tom Parker. Actress Olivia DeJonge, star of HBO Max’s The Staircase, plays the role of Priscilla Presley. Keep on reading ahead for the full Elvis cast.
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Meanwhile, what about the film itself? Under the self-indulgent, disorganized leadership of Baz Luhrmann, I’m afraid it’s pretty much a mess.
Already established as a manipulative showman more interested in flamboyant and exaggerated sensations than narrative coherence, Luhrmann is simply clueless about how to pull a viewer into the vortex of a storyline. Levity is not his forte. Among his previous failures, he destroyed the literary reputation of F.
Scott Fitzgerald with his trashy, overstuffed version of The Great Gatsby and the laughably misguided parody of John Huston’s Toulouse-Lautrec era Moulin Rouge with a disastrously miscast Nicole Kidman was about as French as a liverwurst on rye. That tacky, feverish dedication to style over substance would appear to be a perfect fit for the crude but colorful story of a poor backwoods hillbilly from Tupelo, Mississippi who became the king of rock and roll.
Unfortunately, instead of a deeply investigative biography told in a by-the-numbers summary of a crass and florid life, the director-screenwriter has chosen to abbreviate (or cut out entirely) the many fascinating biographical elements that made Elvis unique, concentrating instead on his turbulent relationship with his agent-creator and business manager, Col. Tom Parker—a control freak, a cad and a heel, played with an abundance of repulsive mannerisms and over-zealous gusto by Tom Hanks.
Vilified as a lurid and massive fraud who milked Elvis of 50 percent of his income for 20 years and left him lonely, miserable, deserted, desperately ill and dead in 1977 from self-delusion and self-destruction at age 42, Col. Parker is played, warts and all, by a great actor badly in need of a strong director. Balding and bloated, Hanks is a grotesque lampoon of everything from Tennessee Williams’ Big Daddy to Colonel Sanders of fried chicken fame, padded beyond recognition and disfigured by a mass of prosthetics. He comes out of the chute hateful, so there’s nowhere to go with the role.
Already established as a heel who betrayed clients Hank Snow and Jimmie Rodgers, he capitalizes immediately on Elvis’ twitching crotch, pelvic thrusts and borderline illiteracy, and encourages labels like vulgar and delinquent. Promoting the newfangled idea of a white man singing like a black man, the Colonel saw dollar signs multiply. Luhrmann’s sketchy screenplay leaves such huge gaps in the trajectory that you move through the whole movie asking more questions than it ever bothers to explain.
For instance, the film never delves significantly into the reasons why the public bought into the publicity, or how Elvis developed from a carny vision with greasy hair and pink socks into a movie star with limited appeal. One minute he’s an amateur discovered at a state fair in Memphis; one minute later he’s signing seven-picture deals at Paramount and cutting gold records. What happened during the years between Las Vegas and Hollywood? Elvis himself laughs off his mediocre film career, but the movie fails to add that his co-stars in those bombs included Barbara Stanwyck, Angela Lansbury and femme fatale Lizabeth Scott.
When this movie ends, you won’t know one thing more about Elvis than what you knew going in. No character is developed beyond a one-paragraph analysis. Olivia DeJonge is wasted as Priscilla Presley, the love of his life who left him drug-addicted and an overweight blob with a declining career, and the actors who play B.B.King, Hank Snow, Big Mama Thornton, and Little Richard have been reduced to the status of walk-ons. The assassination of Martin Luther King is a mere footnote.
The closest Elvis himself comes to a character with real feelings is in a scene where he sits on the broken letters in the Hollywood sign and talks about the career he defines as meaningless. Who was Elvis Presley? None of the fragmented Elvises depicted here.
I remain especially curious about his military career, about which any one of the real facts is more mind-boggling than anything else in the film. In truth, Elvis did everything in his power to avoid the draft and never forgave Col. Parker for not pulling more strings to get him dismissed from duty. Instead, during his two-year enlistment the Pentagon offered him continual invitations with the Special Services unit that would require only six weeks of basic training and return him to superstardom in Las Vegas.
Col. Parker turned down the offers because any public appearances would mean working for free, and he forbid anyone other than himself to profit from the Elvis Presley empire, including the United States army. Instead, while he was stationed in Germany, Elvis lived off-post in a five-bedroom house with his whole family, threw lavish all-night parties in hotel suites in Paris, and became addicted to barbiturates and amphetamines.
He was miserable and in tears and worried about the damage two years out of the spotlight would do to his career, while treating his time in uniform as new photo-ops. Elvis Presley never dies, but an unequivocally gripping, emotionally effective and quintessential movie about him still begs to be made. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis is not the one.
King, who worked as a DJ in Memphis at the time, would certainly have been aware of Elvis, and vice versa, but they would not have been hanging out and catching acts such as Little Richard as the movie portrays, says Nash.
“Elvis and B.B. were acquaintances, but not close friends. They probably first crossed paths at Sun Studio, but only briefly,” she says.
There was an encounter in December 1956, when King was the headliner on the all-black WDIA Goodwill Revue. Elvis was asked to perform, but his contract wouldn’t allow it, Nash says.
But toward the end of the evening, DJ Rufus Thomas brought Elvis out for a “leg gyration and the crowd went wild.” Backstage, King and Presley posed together for a picture.
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Was Robert F. Kennedy killed while Elvis was taping the ’68 Comeback Special? The senator was shot elsewhere in Los Angeles, and not during the taping of that iconic Elvis TV special but during rehearsals, says Nash.
“Elvis arrived for the start of two weeks of rehearsals on June 3, 1968, and Kennedy was shot on June 5, dying the next morning, June 6,” she says. “The assassination put Elvis into an emotional spiral.”
The tailspin created by RFK’s death led directly to the special’s powerful finale. Show director/producer Steve Binder turned to songwriter Earl Brown to write an emotional ballad, "If I Can Dream," that reflected Elvis’ hopes that the nation could get through such a crisis and heal.
“Interestingly, Elvis didn’t immediately jump on it,” says Nash. “He thought it might be a little too Broadway. He said, ‘Let me hear it again,’ and it was only after he heard it seven or eight times that he said, ‘OK, I’ll do it.’ ”
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Did Colonel Tom Parker convince Elvis to play Las Vegas to settle Parker's gambling debts? The connection isn't nearly as direct as the film implies, which presents Elvis’ residency at the International Hotel as a way for Elvis' manager to settle his sizable gambling debts at the hotel's casino.
Nash notes that Parker was an inveterate gambler dating back to his early years in the carnival business, often decamping for Hot Springs, Arkansas, or Palm Springs, California, to satisfy his needs. Once he experienced Las Vegas, that became a frequent stop for the promoter.
That isn’t to say that Parker’s gambling and Elvis’ Vegas shows aren't linked, she says. The colonel was said to be worth $1 million a year to the International because of his gambling, according to onetime International executive Alex Shoofey, Nash says.
“The rumor floated around town that Milton Prell, Shoofey’s old boss at the Sahara, had brokered the (Elvis) deal for the colonel, getting money from the mob to put the deal together. Mob involvement is suggested in the film,” says Nash.
Paramount is projecting a $30 million haul for its follow-up to the 1986 “Top Gun,” marking a spectacular 33% decline from its previous outing. That would be the second-biggest fifth domestic weekend for a movie that debuted in wide release, coming in behind “Avatar,” which grossed an additional $42 million at this point in its run. “Maverick” will push its domestic gross past $520 million through Sunday as the film sets its sights on surpassing a $1 billion worldwide gross in the coming days.
“Jurassic World Dominion” looks to take bronze on domestic charts. Universal projects its dino-sequel should add $26 million in its third weekend of release, dropping 56% from its previous weekend. After stomping up a massive $143 million debut, “Dominion” has continued to hold relatively well. The film should expand its domestic gross beyond $300 million through Sunday, making it the fourth highest-grossing domestic release of the year behind “The Batman.”
Disney’s “Lightyear” will round out the top five. The animated spinoff drew $5.4 million in ticket sales on Friday, aiming to expand its domestic haul beyond $89 million through the weekend. The Pixar production has been somewhat of an underperformer, opening at No. 2 below “Jurassic World Dominion” last weekend. In the 21st century, all but four Pixar films have exceeded a domestic gross of $200 million. With “Lightyear” facing competition for family audiences from “Minions: The Rise of Gru” next weekend, the “Toy Story” spinoff may become the fifth release to fail to clear that benchmark.
Some analysts project “Lightyear” will gross $18 million over the weekend. However, if the film comes in above expectations, this weekend could mark the first time since 2016 that the top five films each gross above $20 million on domestic charts. Whether that happens or not, the diversity of well-performing options marks a notable victory for the movie theater industry after shuttering operations throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Audiences across all ages, with interest in different kinds of movies, have returned to theaters.