We just received the press release regarding the mini-series "Elvis" for CBS TV:
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers, Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Carmyn Manheim, Golden Globe Award winner Randy Quaid and Rose McGowan Star in "ELVIS," a new four-hour mini-series that will begin production in New Orleans in January 2005 to be broadcast on the CBS Television Network.
Presley's Master Recordings Will Be Heard In A Biographical Film For The First Time.
ELVIS, a new four-hour mini-series will start production in New Orleans in January 2005, for broadcast on the CBS Television Network. The fact-based drama is about the life of Elvis Presley, one of the greatest entertainers who ever lived. With the full cooperation and participation of the Elvis Presley Estate, his electrifying yet tumultuous story -- from his humble beginnings to his meteoric rise to fame -- will be told. Presley's master recordings will be heard in a biographical film for the first time.
Jonathan Rhys-Meyers ("Bend it Like Beckham") stars as Elvis Presley; Emmy and Golden Globe Award winner Camryn Manheim ("The Practice") stars as Gladys Presley; Golden Globe Award winner Randy Quaid ("LBJ: The Early Years") stars as "Colonel" Tom Parker, and Rose McGowan ("Charmed") stars as Ann-Margret.
Elvis Presley's dynamic life story begins in Tupleo, Miss., where he was born into poverty to Vernon and Gladys Presley. His looks, talent and moves helped to make him the universally proclaimed King of Rock 'n' Roll by the age of 21. With a sneer on his lips and a swivel in his hips, he burst on the scene with a unique style that provided a catalyst for a revolution in music and popular culture unequaled by any other performer.
His life was shaped by the people closest to him, including his father; his over-protective mother, whom he adored, and his domineering manager, "Colonel" Tom Parker. Although Presley was a sex symbol who made legions of women swoon, his personal liaisons, including his relationships with the actress Ann-Margret and his young bride Priscilla, were troubled. Known the world over by his first name, he is regarded as one of the most important figures of the twentieth century. Presley died at the age of 42 at his Memphis home, Graceland, on Aug. 16, 1977.
ELVIS is being produced by Robert Greenblatt and David Janollari ("Six Feet Under") for Greenblatt/Janollari studio. Howard Braunstein and Michael Jaffe ("It Must Be Love") are the executive producers for Jaffe/Braunstein Films, LTD. James Sadwith ("Sinatra") is directing from a script by Patrick Sheane Duncan ("Mr. Holland's Opus").
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