Acclaimed director Sofia Coppola is venturing into uncharted territory with her latest film “Priscilla,” showcasing the life of Elvis Presley’s iconic wife, Priscilla Presley. The film promises to delve deep into the nuanced relationship dynamics between the couple, highlighting their joys and tribulations.
A Controversial Love Story
The recently released trailer begins with the blossoming romance between a young Priscilla Beaulieu, portrayed by Cailee Spaeny, and the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, played by Jacob Elordi. Their union, however, was not without controversy. Priscilla’s younger age when compared to Elvis raised several eyebrows, a topic the movie does not shy away from.
Transformations and Tensions
As Priscilla and Elvis’s relationship evolves, so does Priscilla’s appearance. She transitions from an innocent and reserved style to a bolder and more pronounced look, as suggested by Elvis. In one of the film’s pivotal scenes, after changing her look, Priscilla hesitates, expressing her uncertainty about the transformation in front of Elvis and his entourage.
The trailer provides glimpses of some tumultuous moments the couple faced, encompassing issues of fidelity and substance use. Interestingly, even though the film revolves around Elvis’s life partner, his iconic songs are conspicuously absent from the trailer, reportedly due to the unavailability of rights from his estate.
Life Beyond the King
The narrative underscores that Priscilla’s story is not just about being Mrs. Elvis Presley. Scenes in the trailer depict her as a mother, holding baby Lisa Marie Presley, and as a bride in a lavish wedding dress. A particularly poignant moment comes at the trailer’s end when Priscilla, waiting outside what appears to be Graceland, expresses her desire for autonomy, saying, “I want a life of my own.”
Priscilla in Modern Times
While the movie takes us back in time, Priscilla Presley has been very much a part of contemporary events. Over the past year, she has made numerous appearances, including for the promotion of Baz Luhrmann’s film “Elvis,” which spotlighted her late husband and featured an Oscar-nominated role by Austin Butler.
Moviegoers can look forward to “Priscilla” hitting theaters on November 3.