Elvis the god is born in new Elvis trailer

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Elvis the god is born in new Elvis trailer

Elvis has entered the building.

On Monday, Warner Bros. dropped the second trailer for Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated Elvis, a unique take on rock'n'roll icon Elvis Presley (Austin Butler).

In the new trailer, we see Elvis defying warnings to give a sexually charged performance at a rally before diving into the film's showcase of the span of his life, including glimpses of his relationship with his mother, his perceived threat to American morality, the 1968 comeback special, and his romance with Priscilla (Olivia DeJonge).

"It's a three-act pop-cultural opera," Luhrmann told EW of the film. "This was about exploring America in the '50 and the '60s and the '70s, and Elvis was at the center of culture for the good, the bad and the ugly in various ways."

The new trailer also showcases more of the film's soundtrack, which also received its official announcement and artist listing on Monday, and includes the infusion of rap and hip-hop with classic tune by the King, with original songs and recordings by Eminem and CeeLo Green, Doja Cat, Kacey Musgraves, Jack White, and Stevie Nicks. In the new trailer, we hear a fresh take on Presley favorite "Hounddog." Luhrmann has long used aural artistry as a key element of his storytelling, and the preliminary soundtrack listings suggest Elvis will be no exception to his tendency to create unique musical backing for his films.

Elvis soundtrack
Elvis soundtrack

Warner Bros.

"Music in this film is as important as words," Luhrmann previously told EW. "Because Elvis was a man of few words. When he spoke, he spoke with such intent and meaning, but where he really communicated himself was through song...You hear a lot of classic Elvis, but we also have in the score all sorts of DNA and some contemporary interpretations — ways to make younger audiences understand what Elvis felt like. It isn't a nostalgia piece."

Watch the trailer above for more.

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