Know the Cast & Characters: ‘Elvis’

The Elvis cast features Austin Butler, Tom Hanks and Olivia DeJonge. This info article contains minor spoilers and character details for Baz Luhrmann’s 2022 movie. Check out more streaming guides in Vague Visages’ Know the Cast section.

Elvis explores the rise and fall of a pop culture icon. As Elvis Presley builds a following during the 50s, he receives heavy criticism for his style of music. Meanwhile, Colonel Tom Parker recognizes an opportunity to exploit the talents of a rising superstar. Here’s every main performer and character in Elvis.

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Elvis Cast: Austin Butler as Elvis Presley

Character Profile: A musician from Tupelo, Mississippi. He views himself as a Marvel superhero-like figure and learns how to perform by watching Black entertainers. Elvis stays true to his music but struggles to balance his personal and professional lives.

Butler’s Resume: Zippy Brewster in Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (2005-07), Sebastian Kydd in The Carrie Diaries (2013-14), Wil Ohmsford in The Shannara Chronicles (2016-17), Tex Watson in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019), Jack in The Dead Don’t Die (2019)

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Elvis Cast: Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker

Character Profile: A businessman who manages Elvis’ career. He narrates the film and defends his decision-making process. Colonel Tom manipulates Elvis for self-serving reasons.

Hanks’ Resume: Joe in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990), Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump (1994), Captain Miller in Saving Private Ryan (1998), Chuck Nolan in Cast Away (2000) Captain Kidd in News of the World (2020)

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Elvis Cast: Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley

Character Profile: Elvis’ wife. She is the daughter of a U.S. Air Force officer who meets her future husband in Germany. Priscilla leaves Elvis when he begins prioritizing drugs and fame over familial responsibilities.

DeJonge’s Resume: Lavinia Hall in The Sisterhood of Night (2014), Becca in The Visit (2015), Ashley in Better Watch Out (2016), Elle Tomkins in The Society (2019), Caitlin Atwater in The Staircase (2022)

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Elvis Cast: Helen Thomson as Gladys Presley

Character Profile: Elvis’ mother. She believes that family is the most important thing of all. Gladys worries about someone coming between her and Elvis.

Thomson’s Resume: Marion Barrington in Gettin’ Square (2003), Carol Van Dyke in Stupid Stupid Man (2006-08), Felicity in Top of the Lake (2017), Liz in Bad Mothers (2019), Lynelle in Colin from Accounts (2022)

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Elvis Cast: Richard Roxburgh as Vernon Presley

Character Profile: Elvis’ father. He reminds his son that fame could go away “in a flash.” Vernon manages Elvis’ business affairs and urges him to maintain a professional relationship with Colonel Parker.

Roxburgh’s Resume: The Duke in Moulin Rouge! (2001), Count Vladislaus Dracula in Van Helsing (2004), Cleaver Greene in Rake (2010-18), Frank in Sanctum (2011), Bob Hawke in The Crown (2020)

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Elvis Cast: Kelvin Harrison Jr. as B.B. King

Character Profile: A blues musician in 1950s Memphis. He befriends Elvis and teaches him about the industry. B.B. muses about the big picture while discussing Black and white musical artists.

Harrison Jr.’s Resume: Travis in It Comes at Night (2017), Luce Edgar in Luce (2019), Tyler in Waves (2019), Teddy Greene in Godfather of Harlem (2019), Fred Hampton in The Trial of the Chicago 7 (2020)

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Elvis Cast: David Wenham as Hank Snow

Character Profile: A popular country music artist. He travels with Colonel Parker during a carnival tour. Hank complains about Elvis’ “lewd gyrations.”

Wenham’s Resume: Faramir in The Lord of the Rings Movie Franchise (2002-03), Carl in Van Helsing (2004), Dilios in 300 (2006), Al Park in Top of the Lake (2013-17), Jasper Queller in Pieces of Her (2022)

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Elvis Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee as Jimmie Rodgers Snow

Character Profile: Hank’s son. He performs country music during a carnival tour. Jimmie admires Elvis and closely follows his career.

Smit-McPhee’s Resume: Boy in The Road (2009), Owen in Let Me In (2010), Jay Cavendish in Slow West (2015), Kurt Wagner/Nightcrawler in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016), Peter Gordon in The Power of the Dog (2021)

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The Elvis cast also includes Luke Bracey (Point Break, Holidate), Dacre Montgomery (Stranger Things, The Broken Hearts Gallery), Leon Ford (The Letdown, God’s Favorite Idiot), Gary Clark Jr. (American rock musician) and Yola Quartey (English musician).

Q.V. Hough (@QVHough) is Vague Visages’ founding editor.