HOLLYWOOD – Canadian pop star Justin Bieber is to play the King of Rock n’ Roll Elvis Presley in a new film The Last Train to Memphis based on the award winning biography by music journalist and historian, Peter Guralnick.
The film’s director James Mangold, whose 2005 film Walk the Line told the story of Elvis contemporary Johnny Cash, spoke EXCLUSIVELY to the Studio Exec:
The story of Justin and Elvis are very similar. They were both young stars who reached heights of stardom previously unseen. They were both seen as a threat and disapproved of by older members of society even as they were adored by legions of young fans. Musically they were both … [begins to sob] Oh Jesus, no, what have I done? No, I can’t … I just can’t [inaudible].
Is it true this is going to be commercially successful?
Yes. Money. Money. Yes. And the film is based on the first of two books Peter wrote. The second one could even be broken up into two films, potentially making more money. Then we’re obviously going to have a soundtrack album with Justin recording all of Elvis’ hits. I for one am really looking forward to seeing his versions of such classics as Mystery Train, Suspicious Minds and … oh God what have I done? WHAT HAVE I DONE? [Screams and a sound of a dog barking in the distance]…
The news of the production has scotched rumors of a rival film by Kevin MacDonald and starring Ben Affleck as the Pelvis.
The Last Train to Memphis will be released in 2015.