The stars aligned in Sydney on Sunday night for the Elvis premiere. Hollywood A-lister Tom Hanks led the luminaries on the State Theatre red carpet. Hanks, 65, was dapper in black suede shoes during his animated cameo in which he gave a double-finger point. 

The Saving Private Ryan actor slipped a black jacket on over a white dress shirt and a slate grey tie. On his lower half, Hanks wore black trousers and black suede shoes. He excitedly pointed for the cameras as he posed up a storm on the red carpet. Hanks was joined on the red carpet by his co-stars Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge. The young actors, who play Elvis Presley and Priscilla Presley respectively, lit up the room when they arrived.

TV stars Ada Nicodemou and Kerri-Anne Kennerley led the Australian contingent at the all-star affair. Home and Away actress Ada stunned in a long sleeve, black floral print dress with a plunging neckline. A hem that ended just above her knees showed off the 45-year-old’s gorgeous gams. Kennerley, meanwhile, appeared to wind back the clock, looking far younger than her 68 years. The TV veteran wowed in a black suit worn over a sheer black blouse.A pair of silver heels capped off the look. 

Wiggles Anthony Field and Tsehay Hawkins were also in attendance, with the Blue Wiggle trading in his blue skivvy for a striking gold tuxedo. Tsehay meanwhile turned heads in a white jacket worn over a blue mini-dress, and capped off with white platform-soled boots. Both entertainers did the Wiggles’ signature point for their red carpet photo opportunity. 

Richard Wilkins hit the red carpet with girlfriend Nicole Dale and son Christian Wilkins. The entertainment reporter was peak dapper in an all-black tuxedo, while Nicole was radiant in red. Christian, meanwhile showed off his toned arms in a black, floral print dress. 

The model, 26, flashed plenty of leg through the garment’s thigh-high split. The statement dress bore the word ‘FAIRY’ across the front. Christian made the most of his luscious blond locks, wearing them loose and cascading for his red carpet turn. 

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.

‘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 . He was the original punk rocker.’


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