Saturday, April 13, 2024

Another Elvis Movie, “Priscilla,” from Director Sofia Coppola, with “Euphoria” Star, Will Be Centerpiece of New York Film Festival


I’m pretty sure I just saw an “Elvis” movie that was a big hit at the box office. The star, Austin Butler, became a big deal.

Now there’s another Elvis movie. “Priscilla” comes from the cutting edge director, Sofia Coppola. It’s based on the book, “Elvis and Me,” by Priscilla Presley. “Euphoria” star Jacob Elordi plays the King. Cailee Spaeny plays Priscilla. who divorced Elvis but was mother of his only child and went on to run his businesses until recently.

My guess is “Priscilla” will just cover the ex-wife’s marriage and not go into how she fell under the spell of Scientology, or the recent tragic death of her daughter, who was very screwed up or any of the other tragedies associated with this group. But with Coppola at the helm, at least the movie will be stylish and different.

PS If the strikes are still on, no one from this film will be attending the festival. Priscilla appeared on “Dallas” for many years. She has a SAG card, unless she’s ripped it up.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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