Riley Keough didn’t want a role in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic

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To forget The girlfriend experience, Riley Keough also knows the granddaughter’s experience firsthand. And of course, as a direct relative of Elvis Presley, she had to ask some questions about Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. According to IndieWire, Keough said she has no interest in starring in the musical retelling of her famous grandpa. “It’s a little too close,” Keough explained. “It’s intense enough to watch, I don’t want to play in it. It was never a conversation. I think there was a boundary there that felt respected in a nice way.” elvis Stars Austin Butler as the titular rocker and Olivia DeJonge as his wife Priscilla. Meanwhile, Tom Hanks risked COVID for his role as Colonel Tom Parker, Presley’s talent manager. Kodi Smit-McPhee, Yola Quartey and Kelvin Harrison Jr. round out the rest of the cast.

Keough said she was honored that Luhrmann was doing this elvis – especially since his Moulin Rouge inspired her into filmmaking – but found the viewing experience “very intense”. “It wasn’t like I distrusted Baz in any way, but you’re protective of your family,” she said. While Luhrmann consulted with Presley family members prior to filming, Keough said the director ultimately had creative control over the film. “I started crying after five minutes and wouldn’t stop,” Keough said of her first time seeing the final product. “There is a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started for our family back then. I was honored that they worked so hard to really get his essence, to feel his essence.” Riley Keough didn’t want a role in Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic

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