Elvis movie casts BB King actor: Blues legend met ‘shy’ star pre-fame ‘He ...

ELVIS movie biopic has cast its BB King actor, the Blues legend who knew a shy Elvis Presley before he was famous.

PUBLISHED: 15:16, Sat, Jan 2, 2021 | UPDATED: 15:17, Sat, Jan 2, 2021

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The Elvis Presley movie is one of this year’s most hotly anticipated biopics and no doubt will attract much attention at the 2022 Oscars. Baz Luhrmann’s film stars Austin Butler as The King and Tom Hanks as Elvis’ manager Colonel Tom Parker. The Warner Bros movie has been shooting in Queensland, Australia and chronicles the life and career of Elvis, with a focus on his relationships with The Colonel and wife Priscilla Presley.

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Elvis knew many contemporary stars like Johnny Cash and BB King and now the latter has been cast in the 2021 movie.

According to Deadline, The Trial of the Chicago 7’s Kelvin Harrison Jr will play the Blues legend who died aged 89-years-old in 2015.

Like Elvis, BB King spent part of his life living in Memphis, Tennessee and met the star before he was famous at Sun Studios.

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Speaking with Charlie Rose in 1996, BB King spoke warmly of talent and good looks.

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BB King said: “Elvis was very shy when I first met him.

“He was a handsome guy, good lookin’ but I didn’t think too much about his playing or singing.

“I mean he was okay, but I didn’t see at that time what I saw later on.”

The Blues guitarist went on to say how Elvis had everything that destined him for stardom.

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