Jacob Elordi to Play Elvis in Priscilla Presley Biopic, Cailee Spaeny to Star as Priscilla

The upcoming Priscilla Presley biopic Priscilla from A24 has found its lead stars. Variety reports that the upcoming film, which is written and directed by Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation, On the Rocks), will feature Cailee Spaeny (Mare of Easttown, Bad Times at the El Royale) as Priscilla with Jacob Elordi (Euphoria, Saltburn) as Elvis. The announcement comes shortly after the hit success of the Baz Luhrmann movie Elvis which starred Austin Butler as the titular singer with Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla.

Elordi responded to the casting with a post on Instagram. The actor shared an image of Elvis in his military uniform in the midst of a snowstorm with a big smile on his face. In the caption, Elordi simply wrote “E,” though he also shared a screenshot of the news story about his casting to his Instagram Stories.

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Coppola is producing the feature film alongside Youree Henley, Lorenzo Mieli of The Apartment, a Fremantle Company, and American Zoetrope. This also makes the third movie to come from Coppola’s partnership with A24 following On the Rocks and The Bling Ring. She is also bringing back many of her frequent collaborators for Priscilla, such as cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, costume designer Stacey Battat, editor Sarah Flack, and production designer Tamara Deverell.

Priscilla is based on Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me, detailing the relationship between the late singer and his only wife. The book explores how the two met along with the trials and tribulations of their marriage and subsequent divorce. In 1988, the book was developed as a TV movie by director Larry Peerce and writer Joyce Eliason. That version featured Dale Midkiff (Pet Sematary) as Elvis and Susan Walters (The Flash) as Priscilla.

Elvis Returned to the Spotlight in New Biopic

There has been a lot of attention lately on the Presleys after the recent success of Baz Luhrmann’s biopic Elvis. The film features Austin Butler in the role of the King of Rock ‘n Roll, and the actor’s performance has been so impressive that it has generated Oscar buzz. Needless to say, Elordi will have his work cut out for him trying to put in his own unique take on Elvis so soon after such an acclaimed performance by Butler.

Elvis is now streaming on HBO Max. Priscilla does not yet have a release date but will reportedly film in Toronto in the fall.