Whiplash star Miles Teller may be heading into the awards race with his new boxing film Bleed For This – but he’s already lining up another big movie role that could redefine his career.
Speaking to loaded, Teller revealed that he’s keen to make a biopic on music icon Elvis Presley, focusing on an area of his life that hasn’t been fully explored yet.
“I’m going to keep that era of his life a secret so that someone doesn’t make that movie before me!” he said.
“There’s a very specific director that I’ve had conversations with. It’s something I do think I’ll be able to put on screen, hopefully we’ll do it in a way that’s never been done.
“That’s the way I feel about Elvis, he’s the most impersonated entertainer of all time but you look at a movie that highlights certain areas that people don’t know about.
“For me it’s the most interesting part of this man – you don’t just wake up as Elvis, you create a persona. Who’s the man behind that? It’s a very interesting story.”
Teller named That’s Alright Mama as his favourite Elvis song, adding: “His early stuff is great.”
Is this a hint about the direction Teller wants to take with his Elvis biopic? A rock ‘n’ roll film about a pre-fame/early years Elvis sounds like a good bet to us.
In Teller’s latest movie Bleed For This he plays Vinny Pazienza, a fighter who breaks his neck in a car accident, only to miraculously return to the ring 13 months later to face Luis Santana.
It’s widely regarded as one of the greatest sporting comebacks of all time, especially since Pazienza defied all medical advice and nearly lost the ability to walk.
Teller said: “You talk to Vinny and he says, ‘Look Miles, I just knew in those moments that I was meant to be a world champion boxer and if I couldn’t do that I’d rather be dead.’
“People can say that but Vinny literally risked paralysis to continue on this path he knew himself that he was meant to do.”