The new film Priscilla portrays the story of Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s romance in a way that almost appears too magical to be true.
A bashful teenager befriended the world’s most famous person, who then swept her away from her parents and into his tumultuous world. Priscilla was fourteen and Elvis was twenty-four when they first met. She became the envy of all ladies because of him. He became the focal point of her universe.
The film “Priscilla” by Sofia Coppola tackles the contentious age difference in Priscilla Presley’s affair with Elvis Presley and highlights Priscilla Presley’s point of view.
Cailee Spaeny plays the title role in Coppola’s film “Priscilla,” while Jacob Elordi plays Elvis. Priscilla serves as an executive producer of the film, which is based on her best-selling memoir “Elvis and Me,” which was published in 1985.
In addition to documenting Priscilla and Elvis’ courtship, the film directly addresses the unbalanced nature of their relationship.
Lisa Marie Presley blasted Coppola for her portrayal of her father in Priscilla, claiming that Elvis Presley “only comes across as a predator and manipulative,” in emails that Variety was able to obtain. In response, Coppola defended her depiction of Presley’s father as a multifaceted and nuanced person.
Before the movie started filming, in September 2022, Presley reportedly begged Coppola to rethink her vision for Priscilla in emails she wrote, threatening to criticize the movie when it came out. Presley passed away in January.
Real-life Priscilla has been heaping praise on the film’s production before its premiere. She expressed her admiration for the film’s accuracy during the biopic’s press conference at the Venice Film Festival.
But it has now come to light that Lisa Marie, Elvis’s daughter, was far less supportive of Sofia’s idea before her passing earlier this year.
Lisa Marie Presley complimented Elvis and backed the film at the 80th Golden Globe Awards, stating that filmmaker Baz Luhrmann treated her father with unadulterated love, care, and respect. She also applauded the way that actor Austin Butler portrayed her father, saying that it was finally done respectfully and accurately.
The story was conveyed “brilliantly and creatively” by Luhrmann, and Butler’s performance was “outstanding,” according to Priscilla Presley, who also praised Elvis, whom she watched at a private screening hosted by the director.
How The Priscilla’s Story Begins?
Elvis visited West Germany in 1959, where Priscilla Beaulieu’s stepfather was a U.S. Air Force captain. Elvis was assigned close by. At thirty-seven years old, he enlisted in the United States Army in 1957.
The two became embroiled in an at-the-time innocent romance after meeting at a party. Before the film’s September premiere at the Venice Film Festival, Priscilla declared that she preferred to listen. She claimed that Elvis would give her everything.
The singer believes Priscilla is a freshman or senior in her high school when they first speak. Elvis is amazed that she’s “just a baby” and remarks that she has “spunk” after she clarifies that she’s a freshman in the ninth grade.
Elvis keeps asking Priscilla to take in more time with him, which confuses her parents because of the ten-year age gap between them. Priscilla’s father questions Elvis about his intense interest in her when he comes to visit and meets them. The singer claims he enjoys spending time with her and that she is far more mature than her years.
Following his two-year army tour, Elvis returned to the United States in 1960. Priscilla says that she was taken aback when he kept his word and called her late at night to provide details about his life and job after leaving the Army. She had traveled to the United States twice by 1962, spending Christmas at his Graceland residence in Memphis, Tennessee, and her spring break in Los Angeles.