Hollywood’s burning love for Elvis shows no signs of fading away. On the heels of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, which has grossed $280 million worldwide, Oscar winner Sofia Coppola has announced her own Presley-adjacent project: She will write and direct Priscilla, a biopic about Elvis’s former spouse Priscilla Presley, based on her 1985 memoir Elvis and Me, Deadline reports.
The film, which will be released by A24, is set to star Mare of Easttown’s Cailee Spaeny in the titular role and Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi as Elvis. While sources told Deadline that multiple actors were considered for the king of rock and roll, 25-year-old Speany has remained Coppola’s “top choice from day 1.”
Those longing for a glimpse at Elordi’s potential Elvis transformation, look no further than his 2020 Halloween costume. He dressed as the icon, complete with a cobalt blue suit and slicked-back hair, alongside then-girlfriend Kaia Gerber as Priscilla. In a strange twist, Gerber is now dating Austin Butler, who headlined Luhrmann’s Elvis with Olivia DeJonge’s Priscilla.
The real-life Priscilla has yet to publicly address DeJonge’s big-screen portrayal, which largely sidesteps the fact that she and Elvis met when she was just 14 years old. In her New York Times bestselling memoir, Presley details her six-year marriage to the icon, including the birth of their daughter, Lisa Marie, and the tensions that led to their split just four years before his death in 1977.
Coppola has enlisted several of her frequent collaborators for the movie—her feature follow-up to 2020’s On the Rocks—including cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, costume designer Stacey Battat, editor Sarah Flack, and production designer Tamara Deverell. Priscilla is set to begin shooting in Toronto this fall.
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