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Sofia Coppola Gives ‘Priscilla’ the Spotlight in First Teaser

By Allyson Johnson | Film | June 21, 2023 |

By Allyson Johnson | Film | June 21, 2023 |


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Sofia Coppola is one of our finest working directors. While her last film, the meandering 2020 flick On the Rocks was a bit of a snooze fest, any project she’s behind is worth checking out. Her latest, Priscilla, might require some gentle nudging.

Based on Priscilla Presley’s memoir Elvis and Me, this biographical family drama follows her life and relationship with Elvis Presley. Cailee Spaeny (Devs, Pacific Rim: Uprising) and Jacob Elordi (Euphoria) star as the couple, with Coppola also writing the script.

While there’s no official release date yet, the teaser for the A24 film illuminates Coppola’s penchant for soft, hazy aesthetics and focuses on the overt femininity of a character such as Priscilla — not unlike the way she captures girlish wonderment in Marie Antoinette in a way that also captured the artifice of her wealth. Her touch and understanding of the chill created by fame could create a perfect storm for the story they’re trying to tell.

What doesn’t help is that Elvis came out just last year and won massive acclaim with star Austin Butler receiving an Oscar nomination for his performance. While it’s interesting to see a different side of the same story, offering Priscilla a level of agency not often given to women in biopics about Genius Men types, people might have Elvis fatigue. However, by flipping the script and allowing Priscilla to take center stage, maybe this time their large age gap will be addressed.

The greatest grievance though is the casting. Elordi as Elvis is laughable. It continues to be mind-blowing but also not at all shocking that he’s received so much PR and press attention on the heels of Euphoria when he’s the least interesting part. It recalls the bit in HBO’s Barry where they joke about how Hollywood Execs are obsessed with white men over 6 feet. Is Elordi talented or just tall?

Either way, his agents are putting in the work.