Oscar-winner Matthew McConaughey has just landed a prolific new role as the rock and roll king, Elvis Presley, in a new project from Netflix. However, it might not be the story viewers expected. McConaughey is voicing the late rock legend in a new action comedy animated series, “Agent Elvis,” for the streamer.
You can check out the trailer for this slick new animated show in the player below:
Matthew McConaughey Stars As Elvis Presley in Netflix’s ‘Agent Elvis’
The new animated series debuts on the streamer later this March. The one and only Elvis Presley trades in his jumpsuit for a jetpack in the new show, as the musician joins a top-secret government spy program to battle the forces of darkness that threaten the United States. He does this all while living a double life, with his day job as the King of Rock and Roll.
The first season is scheduled to be ten episodes, with Sony Pictures Animation producing the adult animated series. The show is described by Netflix as an “irreverent action comedy.” Case in point, Elvis is joined by his gun-toting chimp sidekick Scatter. Elvis did actually own a pet chimp in real life named Scatter.
The series is created by Priscilla Presley and John Eddie, and it was developed by the co-showrunners Mike Arnold and Eddie. Priscilla Presley and Fletcher Moules are serving as co-executive producers, with Seranie Manoogian producing the series. It will feature original music by Tyler Bates and Timothy Williams.
McConaughey won an Academy Award in 2014 for his role in the 2013 film, “The Dallas Buyers Club.” His involvement, along with Presley’s widow, Priscilla, definitely lend a great deal of credibility to this project. While it appears to be a very wacky, goofy premise, it does mainly look to be an overall positive, albeit comedic, take on Elvis, showcasing him as a secret agent for a shadowy agency that looks like something out of “Men in Black” or “James Bond.”
McConaughey is no stranger to voice acting, starring in the two hit CG-animated features, “Sing” and “Sing 2.” He also voices Hank the Cowdog in the children’s podcast series, “Hank the Cowdog,” from QCODE and based on the children’s book series. He also worked on the beloved Laika stop-motion animated feature, “Kubo and the Two Strings.”
The recent live-action biopic on the late great rocker, “Elvis,” was a huge success, grossing $151 million domestically and $287 million worldwide. The film, which was directed by Baz Luhrmann and starred Austin Butler as Presley and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, has also been nominated for eight Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Butler.
As previously reported by The Blast, Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, tragically passed away last month due to cardiac arrest. She was 54 years old. Following the news of his nomination, Butler noted in an interview with “Today With Hoda And Jenna,” “But I sort of think of it as a way to honor her. This is for her.”
“Agent Elvis” will stream exclusively on Netflix later in March 2023. It does not yet have a final premiere date.