See the 'Elvis' Cast Compared to the Real-Life People they Play

From Austin Butler as the King of Rock 'n' Roll to Tom Hanks as his notorious manager Colonel Tom Parker, see how the cast of the 2023 Oscar-nominated film Elvis stacks up to their real-life counterparts

AUSTIN BUTLER as Elvis in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “ELVIS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.; 044636 02: Singer Elvis Presley poses for a studio portrait. (Photo by Liaison)
Austin Butler in Elvis (2022); Elvis Presley. Photo: Warner Bros.; Liaison
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Austin Butler as Elvis Presley

AUSTIN BUTLER as Elvis in Warner Bros. Pictures’ drama “ELVIS,” a Warner Bros. Pictures release.; 044636 02: Singer Elvis Presley poses for a studio portrait. (Photo by Liaison)
Austin Butler in Elvis (2022); Elvis Presley. Warner Bros.; Liaison

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood's Butler plays the King of Rock 'n' Roll in Baz Luhrmann's flashy film, Elvis.

The film chronicles the musician and actor's rise to stardom over two decades, including his meteoric ascension to icon status and all the controversy that went with it.

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Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker

Colonel Tom Parker played by Tom Hanks; Tom Parker; Elvis Presley's manager; wearing a straw hat and smoking a cigar; circa 1970; New York. (Photo by Art Zelin/Getty Images)
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Oscar-winning actor Hanks plays Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis' incomparable manager. The film is told from the perspective of the highly influential music mogul and examines his relationship with Elvis over two decades.

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Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley

Elvis Presley played by Austin Butler , Priscilla Presley played by Olivia DeJonge; Mandatory Credit: Photo by Uncredited/AP/Shutterstock (6643870a) Priscilla Presley, Elvis Presley Singer Elvis Presley and his bride, the former Priscilla Beaulieu, appear at the Aladdin Hotel in Las Vegas, after their wedding. Presley, 32, and Beaulieu, 21, both from Memphis, Tenn., met while he was stationed in Germany with the U.S. Army. The new Elvis Presley's Graceland Wedding Chapel at the Westgate Resort & Hotel in Las Vegas is scheduled to open, as part of the new "Graceland Presents ELVIS: The Exhibition - The Show - The Experience" in Las Vegas People Priscilla Presley, Las Vegas, USA
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Australian actress DeJonge plays Elvis' wife, Priscilla, in the film — who was married to the King of Rock 'n' Roll from 1967 to 1973.

Priscilla was also the chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises (EPE), the company that transformed her husband's mansion, Graceland, into one of America's greatest tourist attractions of all time.

She gave the film her stamp of approval in April 2022 and a few days later walked the Met Gala carpet on Butler's arm.

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Dacre Montgomery as Steve Binder

Steve Binder played by Dacre Montgomery; ELVIS: '68 COMEBACK SPECIAL -- Pictured: (l-r) Producer Bones Howe, director Steve Binder, Elvis Presley, executive producer Bob Finkel, Joe Esposito during a press conference for the Elvis '68 Comeback Special on NBC-- (Photo by: NBCU Photo Bank/NBCUniversal via Getty Images via Getty Images)
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Stranger Things' actor Montgomery plays the rebellious director and producer Steve Binder, best known for his work on the hour-long Elvis concert on NBC. The legendary comeback TV special aired on June 27, 1968.

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Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmy Rodgers. Warner Bros.; UNSPECIFIED - circa 1960: (AUSTRALIA OUT) Photo of American popular singer Jimmie Rodgers circa 1960. (Photo by GAB Archive/Redferns)
Warner Bros.; GAB Archive/Redferns

The Power of the Dog's Smit-McPhee plays Jimmie Rodgers, a country music performer and close friend of Elvis.

"I really got a cool ability to share myself singing and playing guitar onstage in a small arena, which is something I've never done in a movie before," Smit-McPhee told The Hollywood Reporter in September 2021.

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Kelvin Harrison Jr. as B.B. King

B.B. King played by Kelvin Harrison, Jr.; BB King poses for a studio portrait in 1955 in the United States. He holds a Fender Esquire guitar. (Photo by Gilles Petard/Redferns)
Warner Bros.; Gilles Petard/Redferns)

The Cyrano actor and New Orleans native plays legendary blues musician B.B. King, an influential music figure who defined the genre with his talented electric guitar skills and unique vocal style.

Throughout his lifetime, the King of Blues won 15 Grammy Awards and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.

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Helen Thomson as Gladys Presley

Gladys Presley played by Helen Thomson; (Original Caption) 6/2/58-Memphis, Tennessee: Pfc. Elvis Presley, on his first leave from the Army, escorts his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Presley, from their mansion here to town for a sneak preview of the entertainer's latest movie, June 1st. The film is called "King Creole."
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Australian actress Thomson plays Elvis' mom, Gladys, in the film. Gladys married Vernon Presley in 1933 and had identical twins, Elvis and Jesse, on Jan. 8, 1935. Jesse was stillborn, however, so Elvis grew up an only child.

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