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Jacob Elordi to Star as Elvis Presley

Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi has been cast as Elvis Presley in Sofia Coppola’s upcoming film.

Priscilla, which Coppola is set to write and direct, was inspired by Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me. The film is set to be distributed by A24.

Alongside Elordi, the titular businesswoman, actress, and former partner of the King of Rock and Roll will be portrayed by Mare of Easttown, The Craft: Legacy’s Cailee Spaeny. 

In this memoir, Presley chronicles the reasons that led to her meeting her ex-husband, their marriage in 1967, and their divorce in 1973.

The movie will start filming in Toronto this fall, and it will be the third team-up between Coppola and A24, after The Bling Ring in 2013 and On the Rocks in 2020. A series adaptation of The Custom of the Country – a novel by Edith Wharton – is also in the works by the director. 

The upcoming adaptation comes after the hit Baz Luhrmann biopic about Elvis starring Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge as Elvis and Priscilla, respectively.

The musical drama chronicles the rise of a legend which started when he was young running through his 1950s career while trying to maintain a working relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).

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Pressure is Put Over Elordi

In a previous interview with EW, Butler said Priscilla – who has complimented the film’s cast and crew – was a massive supporter of the movie. 

“I got to meet Priscilla beforehand,” Butler revealed. 

“The first day I went to Graceland. It was profound for me. She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You have a lot of support.’ Feeling her blessing beforehand [meant so much] because I wanted to make her proud. I wanted to do him justice – for her and for her family and Lisa Marie.” 

A review from EW of Luhrmann’s “electrifying” Elvis praised Butler’s performance as “revelatory… fully lived-in and vulnerable.” Furthermore, an Oscar talk has been circulating for the actor.

That alone puts some pressure on Elordi because Butler’s portrayal remains fresh in the memories of movie enthusiasts.

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