Steve Morley/RedfernsA new made-for-television film called Elvis Lives!, which explores the fictional premise that Elvis Presley didn’t die in 1977, will premiere on AXS TV on August 16, coinciding with the 39th anniversary of the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll’s passing. The flick is the first original TV movie produced by the high-def network, which partnered with The Asylum — the production company behind the Sharknado series — on the project.

Mega Piranha star Jonathan Nation has been cast as Presley, while veteran character actors Doug Burch and Britt George portray, respectively, Elvis’ dad, Vernon, and longtime Presley confidant Red West.

Elvis Lives! is set two months before Presley’s actual death, and finds the music icon struggling with drug addiction, depressed about his diminished vocal ability and worried that someone is planning to murder him. Determined to make amends for his bad behavior by helping to fight crime, Elvis agrees to aid the FBI by testifying against an evil syndicate called The Fraternity. Targeted by the bad guys, the singer is tasked with bringing the villains to justice while protecting his family’s lives — and his own.

“The creative minds at The Asylum have put their unique spin on one of the most enduring conspiracy theories surrounding Elvis’ passing, while crafting a story that is simultaneously dramatic and entertaining,” says AXS TV executive Michele M. Dix. “And we’re pleased to bring this film to our viewers, as we pay tribute to The King on the 39th Anniversary of his death.”

Elvis Lives! premieres August 16 at 9 p.m. ET/6 p.m. PT.

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