Sofia Coppola’s new project is a film adaptation of Priscilla Presley’s memoir ‘Elvis and Me’

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Sofia Coppola’s next project is a Priscilla Presley biopic called “Priscilla.” [Focus Features photo]

Oscar-winning writer-director Sofia Coppola is adapting Priscilla Presley’s best-selling 1985 memoir “Elvis and Me” into a feature film titled “Priscilla.”

The biopic will star Cailee Spaeny (“Mare of Easttown,” “On the Basis of Sex”) as Priscilla and Jacob Elordi (“Euphoria,” “The Kissing Booth”) as Elvis.

Coppola is preparing to film her follow-up to her 2020 movie “On the Rocks” in Toronto this fall.

“The hardest part of writing the script was just editing down so many incredible details from Priscilla’s memoir,” Coppola tells Vanity Fair. “I was interested in trying to imagine what growing up in that world must have looked like through her eyes.”

In the 1980s, Presley’s book quickly became an international sensation as a chronicle of her passionate marriage to The King. She was just 14 years old when she caught the eye of Elvis, who was 24 at the time, during his military service in Germany. They married in 1967, and welcomed a daughter, Lisa Marie, before splitting up in 1972.

After Elvis’ death, Priscilla came to control his estate, and she is credited with turning Graceland into a major tourist attraction and creating Elvis Presley Enterprises.

Although Priscilla was a minor character in Baz Luhrman’s hit “Elvis” biopic, Coppola tells Vanity Fair the opposite will be true of her “Priscilla.”

“Priscilla is the real focus of it. There are some aspects of Elvis’s career included, but it all sort of plays out in the background of their relationship and her developing her identity. I loved how Baz approached his story in a very collage-y way, but I’m glad it didn’t go into much of Priscilla’s story because now I can really dive deep,” Coppola says in her new Vanity Fair Q&A.

She says Priscilla Presley is an executive producer on the biopic, which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will have Coppola working with several of her longtime collaborators, including director of photography Philippe Le Sourd, costume designer Stacey Battat, production designer Tamara Deverell and editor Sarah Flack.

Coppola, Youree Henley, Lorenzo Mieli of The Apartment, a Fremantle Company, and American Zoetrope will produce the film. The Apartment and Sony’s Stage 6 Films will finance.

A24 will distribute in North America, marking Coppola’s third collaboration with A24 after “On the Rocks” and 2013’s “The Bling Ring.”

Vision Distribution will distribute in Italy, while Stage 6 Films/Sony Pictures International Releasing will distribute in the rest of the world.

-BAM

 

 

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