US music legend Gary Clark Jr is confirmed to be joining the cast of Baz Luhrmann's Elvis Presley biopic currently being filmed in Queensland. 

As Deadline reports, the Grammy Award-winning songwriter will play Mississippi-born blues artist Arthur “Big Boy” Crudup.

Jr joins a number of real life musicians in the film, scheduled for release later this year, including UK singer Yola (Sister Rosetta Tharpe), Shonka Dukureh (Big Mama Thornton), Shannon Sanders, Lenesha Randolph and Jordan Holland.

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Production was brought to a halt last March when star Tom Hanks tested positive for coronavirus and recommenced in September.

The revered actor plays Presley's manager Colonel Tom Parker, while Austin Butler stars as the music icon Presley and Australia's own Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.

The film is based on "the life and music of Elvis Presley, seen through the prism of his complicated relationship with his enigmatic manager, Colonel Tom Parker" and "delves into the complex dynamic between Presley and Parker spanning over 20 years, from Presley’s rise to fame to his unprecedented stardom, against the backdrop of the evolving cultural landscape and loss of innocence in America".