Love Me Tender: Jacob Elordi embraces Cailee Spaeny as they recreate Elvis’ big romance on set of Sofia Coppola’s upcoming biopic Priscilla
Fresh off the success of Baz Luhrman’s musical biopic Elvis comes the new biopic Priscilla, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, that tells Priscilla Presley’s side of the story of her life with the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
In Elvis, Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge wowed audiences with magnificent performances as Elvis Presley and his ex-wife, in a film that largely focused on Tom Hanks as manager Colonel Tom Parker.
With Jacob Elordi and Cailee Spaeny slipping into the roles as the Jailhouse Rock star and his queen this time around, the two lead actors were spotted in character on the set in Toronto, Canada.
Her side of the story: Jacob Elordi and Cailee Spaeny, who are playing Elvis and Priscilla Presley in the biopic Priscilla, were spotted on the set in Toronto, Canada on Wednesday
In the new images, Coppola is recreating a scene where Elvis and Priscilla walk out of the Palmetto Theatre and get into an awaiting Mercedes Benz 600 Pullman limousine.
At one point, while outside the theatre, Elordi has his left arm draped over Spaeny’s shoulder as they get ready for the director to yell, ‘Action!’
The Euphoria star looks to be all decked out as The King, circa early 1960s, in a white blazer with black trim over a black dress shirt, matching pants and sunglasses.
And, of course, he’ sporting the jet-black pompadour Elvis was known for through much of his storied career as one of the pioneer’s of rock n roll.
Recreating an era: For this scene in the biopic, writer and director Sofia Coppola recreated a scene where Elvis and Priscilla walk out of the Palmetto Theatre and get into an awaiting Mercedes Benz limousine
Iconic role: The Euphoria star looks to be all decked out as The King, circa early 1960s, in a white blazer with black trim over a black dress shirt, matching pants and sunglasses
Spaeny, 25, is standing to her co-star’s left all made up in a blue and white polka dot dress, along with her dark brown locks all teased up to match the style of the era.
The Mare of Easttown star is also wearing dark sunglasses on set that crowded with crew members getting things all situated to shoot the scene.
Principal photography for the biopic, which is based on Priscilla Presley’s New York Times bestselling memoir Elvis And Me (1985), only just started in Toronto just over a week ago, on October 24.
Born Priscilla Ann Wagner (changed by adoption to Beaulieu) in 1945, and the daughter of U.S. Navy pilot, the New York City native was only 14 when she caught the eye of a then 24-year-old Elvis Presley during his military service in Germany in late 1959.
The pair eventually got married in 1967 and had a daughter, Lisa Marie, before separating in 1972, and divorcing the following year.
Her storry: The new biopics, Priscilla, is based on Priscilla Presley’s New York Times bestselling memoir Elvis And Me (1985); the 77-year-old is pictured in Beverly Hills on October 15
The King’s family: Elvis and Priscilla Presley were married in 1967, and then welcomed their daughter Lisa Marie Presley in February of the following year
When searching for the actress to play Priscilla, Coppola made a point of trying to find someone who would be able to play her both as a teenager and a woman in her late 20s. And it turns out Spaeny was her top choice from the outset of adapting the story.
‘The character goes from the age of 15 to 27 over the course of the film, so she had to be able to act and age across a big span of time,’ the filmmaker, 51, explained to Vogue. ‘It was really important for me to have the same actress playing Priscilla at those different stages of her life, and I think Cailee can pull it off. She’s such a strong actress, and she also looks very young.’
When it came to finding the young man who could portray Elvis Presley, Coppola knew would be hard to find anyone who could come close to his incredible good looks and charisma. But in the end, it was Elordi’s own charisma that helped land him the role.
‘I thought nobody was gonna look quite like Elvis, but Jacob has that same type of magnetism. He’s so charismatic, and girls go crazy around him, so I knew he could pull off playing this type of romantic icon,’ the Lost In Translation writer and director revealed.
Different spans: Spaeny will be playing Priscilla as a 15 year-old through until her late 20s
There’s no doubt Coppola, who’s also serving as executive producer, A24 and Sony Pictures are hoping to match or surpass the success as Luhrmann’s Elvis, which went on to gross $286 million at the worldwide box office on a $85 million budget.
Priscilla Presley, 77, was a huge supporter of the Elvis biopic, calling it ‘a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered,’ She also hailed Butler’s performance, saying, ‘Bravo to him. He knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine.’
Inspired by Priscilla’s life story as a teenager growing up at Graceland in Memphis, Coppola compared her story to that of ‘Marie Antoinette.’
‘The hardest part of writing the script was just editing down so many incredible details from Priscilla’s memoir,’ she said. ‘I was interested in trying to imagine what growing up in that world must have looked like through her eyes.’
So far, there’s no official word on when Priscilla will makes it premiere.
Her technique: ‘I was interested in trying to imagine what growing up in that world must have looked like through her eyes, the writer and director said Priscilla being just a teen when she first met Elvis; the Lost In Translation writer and director is seen in March 2022
Bonafide hit: There’s no doubt Coppola, A24 and Sony Pictures are hoping to match or surpass the success as Luhrmann’s Elvis, which went on to gross $286 million at the worldwide box office on a $85 million budget; Olivia DeJonge and Austin Butler (pictured) received high praise for their roles as Elvis and Priscilla Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis (2022) biopic