Most critics have to wait for the Cannes Film Festival to see Baz Luhrmann‘s Elvisbut a key person has already gotten a sneak peek: Priscilla Presley. She recently attended a private screening and published her thoughts.
Priscilla, who is Elvis’ ex-wife, and longtime Elvis employee Jerry Schilling was invited to see the upcoming film in a Warner Bros. show. screening room, according to a post on Priscilla’s Facebook page. “It’s a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz in his unique artistic way could have delivered,” she wrote, adding, “Austin Butlerwho played Elvis is excellent. Halfway through the movie, Jerry and I looked at each other and said WOW !!! ”
“Bravo to him,” she continued, writing, “he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous about playing this role. I can only imagine.”
She also commented Tom Hanks‘s portrayal of Colonel Tom Parker, Elvis’ manager. “What a character he was,” she said, diplomatic about the controversial figure. ‘There were two sides of it [the] Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. “
She concluded by applauding Luhrmann, who “put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.”
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She did not mention anything about Olivia DeJongethe 24-year-old Australian actress who plays her and did not share what Schilling was thinking Luke Braceythe 32-year-old Australian actor who plays him.
While Priscilla’s admiration for this summer’s tent pole film is not also surprisingly (she successfully ran Elvis Presley Enterprises for years and is a recent producer of several Elvis-related projects), it was not guaranteed. Like Britain’s Express reported in August 2021, the mother of Elvis’ only child expressed that she became “a little nervous” about the film when she spoke to the King’s faithful subjects during an Elvis Week event. “Actually very nervous,” she said.
The problem at the time, according to her, was that Luhrmanns failed to send a manuscript. “I do not know anything about what happens to that film,” she said.
In 2019, Luhrmann reportedly met for a three-hour lunch with Priscilla and Schilling, and at the time, she gave a radio interview that called itself “pretty involved,” and seemed optimistic about Luhrmann as a stylist. “This is not going to be just an ordinary movie,” she said, sounding excited that Hanks would play Colonel Tom Parker, whom she called “rock-and-roll’s PT Barnum.”