Last year at Graceland’s Elvis Week, Priscilla Presley didn’t hold back on how nervous she was about Baz Luhrmann’s biopic of her former husband. The 76-year-old said she hadn’t seen a script and didn’t know what to expect. She also was very sceptical that anyone could fit The King of Rock and Roll’s shoes, until now.
Priscilla has now seen the Elvis Presley movie ahead of its Cannes Film Festival debut, having been given a special screening by Baz for her and Memphis Mafia member Jerry Schilling.
The King’s ex-wife and mother of Lisa Marie posted her verdict on social media and was full of praise for the upcoming musical blockbuster.
She wrote: “For those curious about the new film ELVIS, Baz Luhrmann, the director, provided a private screening for me and Jerry Schilling at Warner studios recently. This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered.”
On preparing to play Elvis, Austin said: “The main thing was I set out to find was his humanity. He’s one of those individuals that has been lifted up to such an iconic status that he’s almost superhuman.”
Elvis hits cinemas on June 24, 2022.