Known for his maximalist films, like Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, Australian director Baz Luhrmann, 59, tackles his first biopic with Elvis, which hits theaters June 24. Alongside Tom Hanks (65) as manager Colonel Tom Parker, relative newcomer Austin Butler takes on the title role as the hip-thrusting rock pioneer, which puts him in pretty wild company. Other actors who have played Elvis Presley (or some version of him) have included the likes of Harvey Keitel (83), Don Johnson (72), Kurt Russell (71) and even White Stripes front man Jack White. Let us know which hip-swiveler is your favorite from the list, below.
The Elvis: Kurt Russell
The premise: Russell earned an Emmy nomination for this made-for-TV biopic by Halloween director John Carpenter, 74, which features Shelley Winters and Kurt’s real father, Bing, as Presley’s parents, Gladys and Vernon. Set on the night of Presley’s big Las Vegas comeback show, the film sees Elvis flashing back to big and small moments from his life, including his early days in Tupelo, Mississippi, and his relationship with Priscilla. Country singer Ronnie McDowell (72), best known for his 1977 tribute song “The King Is Gone,” recorded the vocals for the film’s soundtrack.
What do they have in common? As a child actor, Russell made his big-screen debut in the Elvis musical It Happened at the World’s Fair. In the film, a pilot named Mike Edwards (Presley) pays a boy (an uncredited Russell) a quarter to kick him hard in the shin so he can be treated by a beautiful nurse.
Watch it: Elvis, on DVD from Amazon Prime
Elvis and the Beauty Queen (1981)
The Elvis: Don Johnson
The premise: This made-for-TV movie traces the yearslong love affair between Presley (Johnson) and beauty pageant winner Linda Thompson (Stephanie Zimbalist, 65). Johnson didn’t exactly get high marks for his portrayal, and Bob Greene later wrote in the Chicago Tribune: “[What] made it so hilarious was that Johnson did not even attempt to sound like Presley. There are hundreds of Elvis imitators all over the world, but Johnson just walked through the role using his own voice — which is also the voice of Sonny Crockett on Miami Vice.”
What do they have in common? Johnson and Presley both had questionable dating histories. Johnson was 22 when he met a 14-year-old Melanie Griffith (64) on set, and Elvis was 24 when he met Priscilla at 14.
Watch it: Elvis and the Beauty Queen, on YouTube
Heartbreak Hotel (1988)
The Elvis: David Keith
The premise: In this comedy from Home Alone and Harry Potter director Chris Columbus (63), a teenager decides to kidnap Elvis Presley to cheer up his mother, a superfan who’s been hospitalized after a car accident. Keith (68) — a Golden Globe nominee for his role in An Officer and a Gentleman — stars as the King, opposite Tuesday Weld (78) as the injured mom. In a fun twist, Weld had appeared in the 1961 Elvis musical Wild in the Country, and the pair briefly dated at the time.
What do they have in common? One of Keith’s two children is named Presley!
Watch it: Heartbreak Hotel, on DVD from Amazon Prime