Actor Austin Butler transforms into the rock icon Elvis Presley for Vogue


Austin Butler took on the momentous task of playing the King of Rock and Roll himself, Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s new biopic.

And the American actor, 30, slipped back into character as he starred in a glitzy new editorial for Australian Vogue this month. 

Appearing alongside his Elvis co-star Olivia DeJonge, 24, the hunk oozed retro glamour as he modelled a rockstar wardrobe. 

Elvis reborn! Austin Butler, 30, transformed back into the King of Rock ‘n Roll Elvis Presley as he starred alongside his Elvis co-star Olivia DeJonge, 24, in a glitzy new editorial for Australian Vogue this month  

For their cover shot, the co-stars were seen posing together in equally striking outfits. 

Austin wore an Elvis-inspired white blazer covered in lace applique, accessorised with silver rings. 

His hair was slicked back and to the side in an Elvis-inspired fashion. 

Cheers! In one shot, a moody-looking Austin is seen sitting on a retro orange chair with a whisky glass in-hand

Cheers! In one shot, a moody-looking Austin is seen sitting on a retro orange chair with a whisky glass in-hand 

Meanwhile, Olivia wore a blue sheer top and chunky jewellery, and had her hair styled in a retro beehive shape. 

For makeup, the starlet sported dramatic, smokey cat-eye shape eyeshadow, light peach blush and neutral lipstick. 

In another shot, a moody-looking Austin is seen sitting on a retro orange chair with a whisky glass in-hand. 

Lounging about: Elsewhere, Austin and Olivia are pictured sitting on the floor together in front of a window looking onto a garden

Lounging about: Elsewhere, Austin and Olivia are pictured sitting on the floor together in front of a window looking onto a garden 

Sitting to the left of the shot was a gold statuette, presumably an homage to the many awards Elvis won during his earth-shaking career. 

Elsewhere, Austin and Olivia – who plays Priscilla Presley in the film – are pictured sitting on the floor together in front of a window looking onto a garden. 

Olivia sizzled in a sheer white mini dress and heels with rhinestone bows, while Austin looked dapper in his grey suit and black top. 

Transformation: It comes after Austin admitted he 'lost touch' with his own personality after playing the 'King of Rock and Roll' in Baz Luhrmann's biopic Elvis during a GQ chat

Transformation: It comes after Austin admitted he ‘lost touch’ with his own personality after playing the ‘King of Rock and Roll’ in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis during a GQ chat

It comes after Austin said he ‘lost touch’ with his own personality after playing Elvis. 

He told GQ Magazine: ‘You can lose touch with who you actually are, and I definitely had that when I finished Elvis – not knowing who I was.’

As well as the mental impact of playing Elvis, Austin also revealed he was bedridden for a week after falling unwell one day after wrapping up the filming in March 2021.  

Austin said he was diagnosed with a virus that simulates appendicitis and said it was like his body shut down straight after filming.

Legend: Elvis is pictured in 1968 performing on stage

The King: Austin (pictured) looked strikingly different as he transformed into the rock singer Elvis Presley

The King: Austin (right) looked strikingly different as he transformed into the rock singer Elvis Presley (left) 

He said: ‘I woke up at four in the morning with excruciating pain, and I was rushed to hospital.’  

Despite the trials of the role, Austin admitted he still finds Elvis’s music ‘comforting’ as he spoke of being a huge fan of the American singer.

‘I’ve never loved somebody I’ve never met more than Elvis,’ he added.

Emotional: The Switched at Birth star also revealed he got the chance to meet Elvis' ex-wife Priscilla Presley (pictured), saying the encounter left him teary-eyed

Emotional: The Switched at Birth star also revealed he got the chance to meet Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley (pictured), saying the encounter left him teary-eyed

Speaking about the similarities between himself and Elvis, Austin revealed their mothers both passed away when he and the rock star were 23 years old.

Austin admitted it gave him ‘chills’ as he said he sought out things that could allow him to connect to the Suspicious Minds hitmaker on a personal level.  

His comments come ahead of the Elvis biopic’s screening at Cannes Film Festival.

 The film stars Austin and Tom Hanks, who plays his infamous manager Colonel Tom Parker.

There’s a lot of excitement around the Elvis Presley biopic from Australia’s Baz Luhrmann, who is hoping to recreate the buzz he generated when he brought the can-can to Cannes with Moulin Rouge! 20 years ago.

The film chronicles the life and career of Elvis from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent as a rock and roll icon and movie star, along with his complex relationship with his manager.

Star: Elvis (pictured, Austin as the star) received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018 and he's been inducted into multiple music halls of fame and died aged 42 in 1977

Star: Elvis (pictured, Austin as the star) received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018 and he’s been inducted into multiple music halls of fame and died aged 42 in 1977 

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