The King is soon to be taken on by Irish actor, Jonathan Rhys-Meyers of Bend It Like Beckham fame. The 27-year-old actor has bagged the part of Elvis in a new US mini-series because the producer was bowled over by his physical similarity to the legendary crooner. Short of implying that Jonathan is actually a reincarnation of the King, exec producer Howard Braunstein has revealed that he chose the actor for his "uncanny" resemblance to Elvis. "He was the first person I'd ever thought of for the role," Braunstein said. "I watched Bend It Like Beckham and when you see him, you just say, 'He is Elvis'. "He has the physical look and the style that embodies Elvis, both the sweetness and the sex appeal," he went on.
Jonathan, who will appear on our cinema screens in January with the release of Vanity Fair starring Reese Witherspoon, didn't exactly just wait for the call to come in for the part. Instead, he dressed up as Elvis and sent a film of himself imitating the singer's distinctive southern drawl - and it plainly worked. Braunstein added: "It was uncanny - the voice sounded so authentic." Randy Quaid will play Elvis's manager Colonel Tom Parker and Scream actress Rose McGowan will play screen siren Ann-Margaret, who starred with Elvis in Viva Las Vegas and had a fling with him before his Priscilla days