‘Austin Butler, who plays Elvis is outstanding’
Priscilla Presley is giving an upcoming biopic based on her late ex-husband Elvis Presley’s relationship with his manager Colonel Parker her stamp of approval.
Priscilla, 76, hailed the film, simply titled Elvis, in a recent Instagram post, writing: “I’ve seen Elvis the film, I watched the trailer over a dozen times. But the words I heard from my daughter (Lisa Marie Presley])on how much she loved the film and that (her daughter) Riley (Keough) will love it too when she sees it brought tears.”
Adding that she “relived every moment in this film,” Priscilla continued, “It took me a few days to overcome the emotions as it did with Lisa.”
She went on to praise the film’s creative team, including director Baz Luhrmann and actors Austin Butler (who plays Elvis), Tom Hanks (Parker) and Olivia DeJonge (the actress who portrays her). “Beautifully done Baz, Tom, Austin and Olivia,” Priscilla wrote.
“This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship,” Priscilla explained in a separate Facebook post after seeing the movie last month. “It is a true story told brilliantly and creatively that only Baz, in his unique artistic way, could have delivered … Austin Butler, who played Elvis is outstanding.”
In addition to exploring the 20-year-long partnership between Elvis and Parker, the film will chart Presley’s rise to fame and his unprecedented stardom.
“The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending,” Priscilla wrote. “But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis’ journey, penned by a directer who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.”
Priscilla, who was married to Elvis from 1967 to 1973, met the late singer when she was 14 and he was 24. They married when she was in her early 20s and welcomed daughter Lisa Marie Presley in 1968.
Elvis opens in theatres June 24.
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