Kevin MacDonald to direct Elvis Presley biopic for Mick Jagger
Los Angeles: Kevin MacDonald, who directed ‘The Last King of Scotland’, has been tapped to helm an Elvis Presley biopic entitled ‘Last Train to Memphis’.
The flick is based on the 1995 Peter Guralnick biography which is adapted by John Fusco. It chronicles the King of Rock and Roll`s early years and his transformation from a high school kid to an overnight sensation credited with ushering in a radical new era in music.
Jagger will produce the film with his Jagged Films partner Victoria Pearman and Steven Bing, who will produce under his Shangri-La banner, reported Aceshowbiz.
The search for young Elvis Presley is underway with the launch of a website where actors can submit audition tapes singing six to eight bars of any Presley song.
Prior to this new directing gig, MacDonald teamed up with Jagger in a TV movie that follows The Rolling Stones` frontman during the recording of his 2001 album ‘Goddess in the Doorway’.
Jagger will also be involved as a producer in the production of a James Brown biopic, entitled "Get on Up", with "42" star Chadwick Boseman as the lead. As for MacDonald, he recently made a doc about the reggae legend Bob Marley.