Priscilla Presley Given Private Screening Of “Elvis” Film – Here Are Her Thoughts
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Years ago, it was announced that Baz Luhrmann would be directing a film about Elvis Presley, simply titled Elvis. The film would tell the story of Elvis’ rise to stardom as well as his relationship with his manager
Many famous names were up for the role including Harry Styles, Ansel Elgort, Austin Butler, and Miles Teller, but only one man was deemed right for the job. That man is Austin Butler. Luhrmann confirmed the casting on July 15, 2019 with a simple tweet, posting a photo of Presley and Butler side by side.
In 2019, Radar Online asked Priscilla if she thinks Austin is the best man for the job. She said, “I don’t know.”
While Priscilla specifically said she thought singer Lana Del Rey would be perfect to play her, Luhrmann eventually casted actress Olivia DeJonge.
On February 17, the very first trailer for Elvis was dropped and it was revealed that the movie will be released on June 24th.
Leading up to the movie’s release, Priscilla Presley has revealed that Luhrmann arranged a private screening for her and Elvis’ former manager Jerry Schilling. She also revealed her true thoughts on the film.
She said, “It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered.”
Priscilla also gave her thoughts on Butler’s performance as her late ex-husband: “Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding. Halfway through the film Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW!!! Bravo to him…he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine.”
What high praise from a person who saw everything told in this movie first-hand. See her full statement on the movie below.