It’s no secret that Austin Butler is on top of the world following his Oscar nomination for “Elvis.” In the wake of the film’s release, Butler was showered in praise, singled out by critics for his daring and definitive turn as the musical sensation. Looper critic Audrey Fox praised the YSL ambassador’s performance, writing, “Austin Butler is able to create a vision of Elvis that captures not just his seductive charisma, but his more vulnerable side as well […]” With praise like that, it’s no surprise that Butler landed an Oscar nod, joining esteemed company like Brendan Fraser (“The Whale”) and Colin Farrell (“The Banshees of Inisherin”).
While Butler lost, he’s no doubt cemented himself as one of his generation’s most interesting actors. For his performance, the actor received considerable praise from many industry giants, including Angela Bassett, who is eager to see what Butler does next. “Although his name wasn’t called, Austin is no less a winner,” Bassett wrote about the actor’s Oscar loss for Time’s 100 Most Influential People column on Butler. “The time had come for Austin to say goodbye to Elvis as he began to embrace an infinite universe of possibilities as an actor,” Bassett penned. “I can’t wait to see what he brings us next.”
Now, Butler is riding a high with interesting projects in the works. The actor will next be seen in Denis Villeneuve’s highly-anticipated “Dune: Part Two” as the nefarious Feyd-Rautha. Beyond his upcoming sci-fi outing, Butler will also be seen in a headlining role in Jeff Nichols’ “The Bikeriders.” Originally set to debut in 2023, the gritty biker drama is now set to hit multiplexes in 2024.