Elvis Presley’s scandalous hip-shaking teased in new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic

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On Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis – hitting UK/US theaters June 24 – which focused on The King’s darker times.

The three-minute preview began by quoting President Lyndon Johnson: ‘Our country itself is sick. It’s lost its sense of direction even if common decency.’

Elvis Presley – played by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler – got into hot water in the early 1950s for his so-called scandalous hip shaking performances.

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Hitting UK/US theaters June 24! On Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann's biopic Elvis, which focused on The King's darker times

Hitting UK/US theaters June 24! On Monday, Warner Bros. Pictures unveiled the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis, which focused on The King’s darker times

A stern-looking man warns the Mississippi-born, Tennessee-raised singer: ‘You don’t do so much as wiggle a finger.’

‘There’s a lot of people saying a lot of things. But in the end, you’ve got to listen to yourself,’ Elvis tells the audience before raising his finger and wiggling it.

‘I’m going to show you what the real Elvis is like tonight!’

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Watching from the wings is Colonel Tom Parker – played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks – whom Presley signed a contract with in January 1955 and he went on to manage him for over two decades.

The three-minute preview began by quoting President Lyndon Johnson: 'Our country itself is sick. It's lost its sense of direction even if common decency'

The three-minute preview began by quoting President Lyndon Johnson: ‘Our country itself is sick. It’s lost its sense of direction even if common decency’

Pelvis paranoia: Elvis Presley - played by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler - got into hot water in the early 1950s for his so-called scandalous hip shaking performances

Pelvis paranoia: Elvis Presley – played by Once Upon a Time in Hollywood actor Austin Butler – got into hot water in the early 1950s for his so-called scandalous hip shaking performances

'I'm going to show you what the real Elvis is like tonight!' After being warned not to 'wiggle a finger,' the Mississippi-born, Tennessee-raised singer does just that while delivering a speech as a row of servicemen attempt to hold back the screaming throngs of ladies

‘I’m going to show you what the real Elvis is like tonight!’ After being warned not to ‘wiggle a finger,’ the Mississippi-born, Tennessee-raised singer does just that while delivering a speech as a row of servicemen attempt to hold back the screaming throngs of ladies

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Transformed with prosthetics: Watching from the wings is Colonel Tom Parker - played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks - whom Presley signed a contract with in January 1955 and he went on to manage him for over two decades

Transformed with prosthetics: Watching from the wings is Colonel Tom Parker – played by two-time Oscar winner Tom Hanks – whom Presley signed a contract with in January 1955 and he went on to manage him for over two decades

Before the sex symbol is hauled away in a police car, Parker says: 'In that moment, Elvis the man was sacrificed, and Elvis the god was born. He had no idea what he had done'

Before the sex symbol is hauled away in a police car, Parker says: ‘In that moment, Elvis the man was sacrificed, and Elvis the god was born. He had no idea what he had done’

Before the sex symbol is hauled away in a police car, Parker says: ‘In that moment, Elvis the man was sacrificed, and Elvis the god was born. He had no idea what he had done.’

The camera cuts to newcomer Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton belting her only hit record Hound Dog, which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the charts three years before Elvis recorded it.

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Presley was controversial precisely because he commercialized what was called ‘colored music’ but, in today’s woke light, would be considered cultural appropriation.

This translated into sky-high ratings for NBC’s Milton Berle Show, which booked the three-time Grammy winner for his first nationally broadcast TV appearances.

Origin of a hit: The camera cuts to newcomer Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae 'Big Mama' Thornton belting her only hit record Hound Dog, which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the charts three years before Elvis recorded it

Origin of a hit: The camera cuts to newcomer Shonka Dukureh as Willie Mae ‘Big Mama’ Thornton belting her only hit record Hound Dog, which spent seven weeks at No. 1 on the charts three years before Elvis recorded it

Grew up in the church: Presley was controversial precisely because he commercialized what was called 'colored music' but, in today's woke light, would be considered cultural appropriation

Grew up in the church: Presley was controversial precisely because he commercialized what was called ‘colored music’ but, in today’s woke light, would be considered cultural appropriation

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'Tomorrow, all of America will be talking about my boy': This translated into sky-high ratings for NBC's Milton Berle Show, which booked the three-time Grammy winner for his first nationally broadcast TV appearances

‘Tomorrow, all of America will be talking about my boy’: This translated into sky-high ratings for NBC’s Milton Berle Show, which booked the three-time Grammy winner for his first nationally broadcast TV appearances

Mama's boy: Elvis is seen visiting his beloved mother Gladys (Helen Thomson), scared authorities were going to put him in jail

Mama’s boy: Elvis is seen visiting his beloved mother Gladys (Helen Thomson), scared authorities were going to put him in jail

Gladys reassures her son: 'The way you sing is God given, so there can't be nothing wrong with it'

Gladys reassures her son: ‘The way you sing is God given, so there can’t be nothing wrong with it’

‘Tomorrow, all of America will be talking about my boy,’ Tom grins.

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Elvis is seen visiting his beloved mother Gladys (Helen Thomson), scared authorities were going to put him in jail.

‘The way you sing is God given, so there can’t be nothing wrong with it,’ Gladys reassures her son.

Parker then warns Presley: ‘If you don’t listen to me, all that your mama has sacrificed for you will be for nothing.’

At the dawn of the Vietnam War, Elvis was drafted into the US Army as a private in Arkansas in 1958, but he wound up joining the 3rd Armored Division in Germany.

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Parker then warns Presley: 'If you don't listen to me, all that your mama has sacrificed for you will be for nothing.'

Parker then warns Presley: ‘If you don’t listen to me, all that your mama has sacrificed for you will be for nothing.’

Military special service: At the dawn of the Vietnam War, Elvis was drafted into the US Army as a private in Arkansas in 1958, but he wound up joining the 3rd Armored Division in Germany

Military special service: At the dawn of the Vietnam War, Elvis was drafted into the US Army as a private in Arkansas in 1958, but he wound up joining the 3rd Armored Division in Germany

'I think if you dream it, you'll do it': It was when the then 23-year-old was in Friedberg that he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu (Olivia DeJonge), who was only 14 years old

‘I think if you dream it, you’ll do it’: It was when the then 23-year-old was in Friedberg that he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu (Olivia DeJonge), who was only 14 years old

When Elvis said 'I've never met anyone like you,' Priscilla replied: 'I hope not'

When Elvis said ‘I’ve never met anyone like you,’ Priscilla replied: ‘I hope not’

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Seventies era: Tom (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk) helped Elvis land his first recording contract, film deal, merchandising, and his Las Vegas residencies which were teased in the trailer

Seventies era: Tom (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk) helped Elvis land his first recording contract, film deal, merchandising, and his Las Vegas residencies which were teased in the trailer

It was when the then 23-year-old was in Friedberg that he met his future wife Priscilla Beaulieu (Olivia DeJonge), who was only 14 years old.

‘I think if you dream it, you’ll do it,’ Priscilla tells Elvis.

When Presley said ‘I’ve never met anyone like you,’ Priscilla replied: ‘I hope not.’

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Tom (born Andreas Cornelis van Kuijk) helped Elvis land his first recording contract, film deal, merchandising, and his Las Vegas residencies which were teased in the trailer.

'Without me there'd be no Elvis Presley': The Dutch-born manager - who died age 87 in 1997 - reportedly suffered from a gambling problem and mostly kept Presley from performing overseas due to his own illegal status in the States

‘Without me there’d be no Elvis Presley’: The Dutch-born manager – who died age 87 in 1997 – reportedly suffered from a gambling problem and mostly kept Presley from performing overseas due to his own illegal status in the States

RIP: Elvis - who sold over 1B records - died, age 42, in 1977 from cardiac arrhythmia due to a toxic reaction to codeine

RIP: Elvis – who sold over 1B records – died, age 42, in 1977 from cardiac arrhythmia due to a toxic reaction to codeine

Coming soon! If fans can't catch Elvis in theaters, the Presley Estate-approved flick will begin streaming in late August on HBO Max

Coming soon! If fans can’t catch Elvis in theaters, the Presley Estate-approved flick will begin streaming in late August on HBO Max

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Parker sneers: ‘Without me there’d be no Elvis Presley.’

The Dutch-born manager – who died age 87 in 1997 – reportedly suffered from a gambling problem and mostly kept Presley from performing overseas due to his own illegal status in the States.

Elvis – who sold over 1B records – received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2018 and he’s been inducted into multiple music halls of fame.

Presley died, age 42, in 1977 from cardiac arrhythmia due to a toxic reaction to codeine.

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The preview also teased a few bars of Doja Cat’s Hound Dog-sampling song Vegas for the soundtrack also featuring Eminem, Stevie Nicks, Tame Impala, and Jack White, and Chris Isaak.

If fans can’t catch Elvis in theaters, the Presley Estate-approved flick will begin streaming in late August on HBO Max.

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