Actor and singer Austin Butler tapped to play Elvis Presley in new biopic

Lara Spencer reports on the buzziest stories of the day in "GMA" Pop News.
2:54 | 07/16/19

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Transcript for Actor and singer Austin Butler tapped to play Elvis Presley in new biopic
Good morning to you all and to you. We begin with movie news. The search for Elvis Presley is over. Baz luhrmann has announced that actor singer Austin butler is set to step into Presley's blue suede shoes in his upcoming biopic. Congrats to Austin. Just last week it was reported that Harry styles, Ansel elgort among those vying for the role. This side-by-side. Butler has had parts in "Once upon a time in Hollywood" and "The iceman cometh" opposite Denzel Washington on Broadway. Now he'll join Tom Hanks who will play colonel Tom parker. That is set to begin production early next year. Congrat. Anything Tom Hanks is doing, I'm in. Baz luhrmann too. Also this morning, we're hearing Oscar winner Emma stone may again team up with "La la land" writer and director Damien chazelle on "Babylon." Insiders say stone has been loosely attached to play Clara bow, the early sex symbol and silent film star and gets better. Questionedline online now reporting Brad Pitt is also circling "Babylon." That's a nice partnership. Circling. Circling "Babylon." That sounds like a great name for a movie. "Circing babylon" starring Brad is that voice I just did? I was like an old school movie critic. This comes on the heels of great reviews for Pitt opposite Leo Dicaprio in "Once upon a time in Hollywood" which opens July 26th. Cannot wait to see that one. So much news today. Jimmy Kimmel is adding author to his resume. We can report he is writing a children's book titled "The serious goose" written, illustrated and hand lettered by Kimmel himself. The book is inspired by the funny man's nickname for his kids and hopes it will encoura children to embrace their silly side and all for a great cause. Proceeds will be donated to children's hospitals around the country in honor of Jimmy's son Billy. Good for him. I know we reported on him. Life-saving open heart surgery at children's hospital los Angeles when he was just 3 days ole, "The serious goose" will be released December 3rd. We'll be buying it. Everybody, that's "Pop news." That's great stuff.

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