Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis was not only a huge hit that brought scope and spectacle to the King of Rock ‘n Roll’s life and music, it helped launch the career of Austin Butler. Could the same happen for Cailee Spaeny as she plays Elvis’ overshadowed wife Priscilla Presley in Priscilla?
Priscilla Beaulieu finally gets her time in the spotlight in Coppola’s upcoming film, with Spaeny poised for a breakout turn. The actress has been fantastic in things you’ve probably seen before, such as Bad Times at the El Royale, Mare of Easttown, Pacific Rim: Uprising, and The Craft: Legacy.
Here’s the synopsis for Priscilla: When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a vulnerable best friend. Through Priscilla’s eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla’s long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy, and fame.
Euphoria actor Jacob Elordi plays Elvis, joined by Dagmara Dominczyk, Raine Monroe Boland, Emily Mitchell, and Dan Beirne.
Coppola continues her singular focus on the stories of women, seen in such films as Lost in Translation, Marie Antoinette, and The Virgin Suicides.
Priscilla opens in theaters on November 3rd courtesy of A24. And if you’re eager to check it out sooner, it’ll be playing at the Middleburg Film Festival later this month.