The Hottest-Ever Photos of Austin Butler

The Elvis actor got his biggest break yet with a leading role in the Baz Luhrmann film

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Getting to Know Austin Butler

Elvis Presley, Austin Butler
Elvis Presley (L); Austin Butler. Getty; Theo Wargo/Getty

Introducing ... Elvis Presley! In July of 2019, news broke that Austin Butler landed the role of The King, a coveted spot in director Baz Luhrmann's latest movie that also features Tom Hanks. The film hit theaters on June 24, 2022.

The actor, now 31, has been in the spotlight for a while, with roles in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood and The Dead Don't Die, plus a string of TV hits and a stint on Broadway. He also happens to date model Kaia Gerber (and previously dated Vanessa Hudgens).

"Throughout the casting process, it was an honor for me to encounter such a vast array of talent," said Luhrmann. "I had heard about Austin Butler from his standout role opposite Denzel Washington in The Iceman Cometh on Broadway, and through a journey of extensive screen testing and music and performance workshops, I knew unequivocally that I had found someone who could embody the spirit of one of the world's most iconic musical figures."

Here, more reasons why he's a perfect King of Rock 'n' Roll.

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He's Got the Brooding Look Down

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A natural blond, he dyed his hair black for the part of Elvis.

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He Looks Cute in Glasses

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Not necessary to play Elvis, but bonus points.

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He Looks Great in a Tux

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Hands in pockets, casual.

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He Can See Into Your Soul

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Or at least past the cameras at a photo call for his 2018 Broadway show, The Iceman Cometh.

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He's Got the Messy Hair Thing Down

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Exactly right for a SoCal-born kid.

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He Can Make PJs Fashion

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Essential for any celebrity.

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He and Kaia Are Beyond Adorable

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Like Elvis and Priscilla, Gen Z edition.

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He Stands Out from the Crowd

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Much like The King.

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He's Suave

The 2022 Met Gala Celebrating "In America: An Anthology of Fashion" - Arrivals
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He could've finished this look with blue suede shoes.

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He's Good with Babies

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Pal Ashley Tisdale's little girl Jupiter looked quite charmed at their first meeting.

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He Earned Rave Reviews

AUSTIN BUTLER as Elvis and TOM HANKS as Col. Tom Parker in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “ELVIS
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Presley's widow Priscilla posted on Facebook after watching the film, calling Butler "outstanding."

"It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered," she added.

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