News Bites: Baz Luhrmann and Elvis Presley; Hailee Steinfeld Joining 'Pitch Perfect 2;' 'What We Do in the Shadows' Trailer

Kid Galahad

Elvis Presley: Baz Luhrmann, who brought new life to The Great Gatsby last year, is in talks to direct a movie based on the life of Elvis Presley. Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks) is writing an original screenplay, though it's not known which period(s) of Presley's life the film will cover. (We favor the early 1960s, when he made rockin' movies like Kid Galahad, pictured above.) Reportedly, music rights have been secured by Warner Bros. for the project. [The Wrap]

 

True Grit

Pitch Perfect 2: Hailee Steinfeld, an Academy Award nominee for 2010's True Grit (pictured above), is joining the sequel to the musically themed sleeper hit Pitch Perfect. She will star alongside Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson, who are reprising their roles from the original. Actress Elizabeth Banks (Walk of Shame) is set to make her feature directorial debut; the movie is scheduled for release on May 15, 2015. [Variety]

 

What We Do in the Shadows Trailer: The spoof What We Do in the Shadows is framed as a documentary that follows the everyday lives of vampires. Jemaine Clement and Taika Waititi (HBO's Flight of the Conchords) wrote, directed and star; the movie played at Sundance and other festivals but does not yet have a U.S. release date. [New Zealand Herald via Badass Digest]

 

"Escape from the Jedi Temple" Teaser: And now for something completely silly. The fourth episode of Lego Star Wars: The Yoda Chronicles will debut on Sunday, May 4, and the first teaser has been released, featuring familiar characters and a lovely sense of whimsy. Look for it on Disney XD. [Lucasfilm]

 

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