CMT is ready to have viewers dancing in their blue suede shoes.
According to Deadline, the Viacom network is searching for a pelvic thrusting, hip swiveling star to portray the role of a young Elvis Presley in their upcoming series “Million Dollar Quartet."
The forthcoming, eight-episode series, set to begin filming this spring, is based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” which was inspired by the 1956 jam session recorded by Presley (along with other rock legends) in Memphis, Tennessee.
“‘Million Dollar Quartet’ will capture the star-crossed Memphis moments which led to the most explosive pop culture movement of the 20th Century, the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” CMT president Brian Philips said in a statement. “The characters are all larger-than-life, so casting is a daunting challenge, but we’re counting on the magic of Memphis to come alive again! This is among our most ambitious projects ever, and we entrust it to a proven epic filmmaker, Leslie Greif.”
In addition to seeking out a fresh face to take on the gyrating sensation, CMT will team up with Thinkfactory Media to hunt down the perfect actors to portray the Presley’s Sun Records Studio jam buddies Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins.
The search for a sideburn-sporting star will kick off on Saturday, Feb. 13, according to Variety, at none other than Presley’s former middle school Humes Preparatory Academy in Memphis. CMT and Thinkfactory Media encourage all those trying out for the position to channel their inner Elvis in a way that best reflects the Grammy Hall of Fame artist’s style from 1950. Callbacks will then proceed on Feb. 14.
Forbes magazine revealed that audiences can expect “Million Dollar Quartet” to hit the small screen in 2016 in honor of the 60th anniversary of the iconic recording. So, prepare yourself to be all shook up when the adaptation airs on CMT.