Hollywood descended on Queensland on Saturday night. The stars of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic, including Tom Hanks, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge arrived at Event Cinemas Pacific Fair for the glittering Australia premiere of the hotly anticipated film.
Tom cut a dapper figure in a well-tailored suit in a slate grey tone, paired with a crisp white shirt. The 65-year-old showed off his ageless visage as he posed before glittering signage for the film. Tom, who completed his look with a pair of black suede shoes, plays Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker in the film.
Also on the red carpet was the man of the hour, Austin Butler, who takes on the role of the King of Rock and Roll in the drama. Austin posed alongside his co-star, Australian actress Olivia DeJonge, who depicts Priscilla Presley. Olivia, 24, was chic in a white suit that included a slim cut blazer and wide leg trousers. She added a pair of silver heels with a chunky platform for a touch of retro energy to the look. The actress went light on accessories, adding a silver gemstone necklace and matching ring.
For makeup, Olivia chose a peachy palette with a rust eye shadow and soft coral toned lipstick. She completed her look by wearing her caramel locks silky smooth and softly waved. Austin, 30, who is a dead ringer for Elvis, looked very dapper indeed in a glittering black jacket. He matched the jacket with a slinky black shirt wore with several buttons undone to show off a glimpse of his chest. Austin added a a pair of well-cut trousers to the ensemble, as well as pointed leather boots.
Director Baz Luhrmann made a scene-stealing appearance on the red carpet, donning a pair of pink silk trousers and a chunky Elvis belt. He added a black top under a short leather jacket to his look, along with a natural pearl necklace. The proud Australian filmmaker looked delighted as he posed alongside his stars on the red carpet. Tom, Austin and Olivia were having a ball on the red carpet, laughing and joking together.
The film stars Tom as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker, who was infamous for cheating the music icon out of a fair share of royalties for his songs. But the actor believes that his alter ego should be recognised for his part in making Elvis a megastar.
Hanks said: ‘I’ve heard from many people that he was a delightful guy, lit up every room. Was he a cheap crook who played fast and loose with the money? Yeah, (but) he brought joy to everything he did. With just a little bit of larceny.
‘Baz said there was no Elvis without Colonel Tom Parker, it was a completely symbiotic relationship. ‘You have to give him credit and see the reality that the amount of ways Colonel Parker cheated people out of nickles and dimes was extraordinary.’
Luhrmann’s movie follows Elvis from his childhood poverty through his emergence as a global superstar before his untimely death at the age of just 42 in 1977 and the director wants audiences to have an immersive experience when watching the film.
The Moulin Rouge! director said: ‘I want the audience who don’t care about Elvis to feel what it was like to be there (when he first performed). He was the original punk rocker.’ Also in attendance for the glittering premiere was Isabel Lucas, who made a vibrant appearance in a deep pink dress matched with red boots.
Lisa Curry brought along her husband Mark Tabone, who, as a professional Elvis impersonator, was in his element. The athlete stunned in an ornate kaftan dress with metallic sequin details, as well as a rhinestone headband and lots of glistening accessories.
Mark meanwhile had on his Elvis-themed finery, including a fitted suit, black floral shirt worn partly open and of course an iconic chunky gold belt. Natalie Bassingthwaighte stunned in a strapless white mini dress with abstract detailing and a towering pair of gold heels.
Erin Holland wowed in a one-shoulder frock that clung to her model figure, paired with glittering silver heels. Ellie Gonsalves brought the drama in a midnight black gown with a high slit spared with strappy heels.
Queensland Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk went along with boyfriend Dr Reza Adib and opted for a spangled blazer with bold sequins and leather trousers. Actor David Wenham chose an eye-catching blazer for the occasion with an unusual pattern throughout, paired with trousers and boots.
Lincoln Lewis and his girlfriend Pandora Bonsor made a fine pair, with the actor opting for a white blazer while Pandora looked stunning in a fitted blue velvet dress.