Elvis as an animated action hero? I don’t see why not, do you?
In the upcoming Netflix series “Agent Elvis,” the late King of Rock ’n’ Roll is reimagined as a spy with a suspicious mind fighting a never-ending battle for truth, justice and the American way (apologies to the old “Adventures of Superman” TV show for nicking that last phrase).
Dropping next month on a date that has yet to be announced, the show was first announced in 2019 by co-creators Priscilla Presley and producer John Eddie.
Back then, the show was tentatively titled “Agent King.” In the interim, it was replaced by “Agent Elvis,” which is a much better title.
In the new series, “Elvis Presley trades in his white jumpsuit for a jet pack when he is covertly inducted into a secret government spy program to help battle the dark forces that threaten the country he loves -- all while holding down his day job as the King of Rock ’n’ Roll,” says a Netflix description.
The King is being voiced by Lincoln car commercial star Matthew McConaughey.
Sounds like the TV Show Idea Of The Year, but I have to question the decision to nix the King’s white jumpsuits, since they would seem to be perfect for an Elvis restyled as a superhero.
He was well-known for the rhinestone studded outfits in which he performed and did his famed, trademark karate kicks in countless live concerts.
In 2019, the animated show was announced on the 42nd anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death on August 16, 1977, at age 42.
“From the time Elvis was a young boy he always dreamed of being the superhero fighting crime and saving the world! ‘Agent King’ lets him do just that,” Priscilla Presley said at the time.
Indeed, one of Elvis’ well-known hobbies was collecting badges from police departments and other law-enforcement agencies.
He reached a collecting zenith of sorts on December 21, 1970, when he came to the White House for a hastily planned meet-and-greet with President Nixon.
The meeting was immortalized in a famous photo of the two shaking hands. The photo proved necessary because upon hearing about this meeting, who would have believed it happened without photographic proof?
At the Oval Office get-together, the King famously asked the President if he could have a “narc badge” from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. And so it was done.
And now, the King is finally a secret agent working for the government of the country he entertained so well.