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Priscilla - Everything We Know So Far

2022 gave audiences a deeper look at one of rock and roll's greatest icons in Baz Luhrmann's "Elvis." Starring Austin Butler in the titular role alongside Tom Hanks, the film impressed critics who praised Luhrmann's dazzling direction and Butler's performance (via Rotten Tomatoes). "Elvis" would also become a hit at the box office, earning over $280 worldwide per Box Office Mojo. While the film gave audiences a deeper understanding of the king of rock and roll, a newly announced production will be taking a look at Elvis through a different lens. 

As announced by Deadline on Monday, September 12, director Sofia Coppola will be helming the upcoming film, "Priscilla," an adaptation of the 1985 memoir "Elvis and Me" by Elvis' ex-wife, Priscilla Presley. Like her past films, "The Virgin Suicides," "Lost in Translation," and "On the Rocks," the upcoming movie is sure to explore Priscilla's journey with Coppola's trademark guiding eye that has helped set her apart from the crowd. But what does the Oscar winner have in store for audiences this time? Who will be starring as Priscilla and Elvis? And when will the film be released? Today we dive into the grab bag of questions you likely have about this intriguing production. Here's everything we know so far about "Priscilla." 

When will Priscilla be released?

Currently, no official release date for "Priscilla" has been stated. However, the film intends to begin principal photography this fall in Toronto, Canada, according to The Hollywood Reporter. With this in mind, we can assume that the film will be shooting for a release date sometime in mid or late 2023.

Distributing "Priscilla" in North America will be A24, making the film Sofia Coppola's third collaboration with the company after her 2013 film "Bling Ring" and her 2020 film "On the Rocks." Stage 6 Films and Sony Pictures International will distribute the film internationally, although Vision Distribution will handle its Italian distribution. According to several insiders, the director has wanted to get her hands on the movie for some time. At the moment, Coppola is also currently in pre-production on a television film adaptation of Edith Wharton's novel "The Custom of the Country," which tells the story of a woman who works her way to New York's upper-class lifestyle (via Deadline). 

What is Priscilla about?

"Priscilla" is based on the 1985 biographical novel "Elvis and Me" written by Priscilla Ann Presley, the ex-wife of Elvis Presley. The book's description on GoodReads says, "Priscilla Presley tells the story of their love, revealing the details of their first meeting, their marriage, their affairs, their divorce, and the unbreakable bond that has remained long after his tragic death." 

While many women at the time could only dream about being married to such a massive cultural icon, Priscilla's novel details the many ups and downs that went into their relationship with the utmost honesty. This includes details regarding Elvis' numerous affairs with the women he starred with, particularly actress Ann-Margret, and describes his short temper and jealousy. The novel also chronicles Presley's drug abuse and journey into spiritualism towards the end of his life, as well as the birth of their daughter, Lisa Marie. It's currently unknown how closely the film version will replicate the novel. 

However, Sofia Coppola's upcoming film will not be the first film adaptation of the novel. Released in 1988, the book would be adapted into a television film helmed by director Larry Peerce. The film would star "The Young and Restless" actress Susan Walters as Priscilla and "Pet Sematary" actor Dale Midkiff as Elvis. Priscilla is also featured in 2022's "Elvis," with Olivia DeJonge portraying her. 

Who is in Priscilla?

Along with the announcement of Sofia Coppola helming the upcoming "Priscilla," Deadline also revealed who will be starring as both Priscilla and Elvis Presley. Taking the titular role will be Cailee Spaeny. Audiences best know Spaeny for starring in 2018's "Pacific Rim: Uprising" as Amara Namani and the same year's "Bad Times at the El Royale" as Rose Summerspring. More recently, Spaeny starred in the 2021 mini-series "Mare of Easttown" alongside Kate Winslet and the 2022 Showtime series, "The First Lady." 

Starring as Elvis will be Jacob Elordi, who most will know as Nate Jacobs from the Emmy-winning HBO series "Euphoria" and Noah Flynn in Netflix's "The Kissing Booth" films. Elordi joined the cast after Coppola went through numerous actors for the coveted role, while Spaney had been on the "Marie Antoinette" director's mind from the start of the project. There are no other cast members listed for the project as of yet.

Per Variety, Coppola will be reteaming with several of her most loyal collaborators behind the camera. This includes Oscar-nominated cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd ("The Beguiled"), costume designer Stacey Battat ("The Bling Ring"), and editor Sarah Flack ("Marie Antoinette"), as well as "Nightmare Alley" production designer Tamara Deverell.