Sofia Coppola compares Priscilla Presley to Marie Antoinette

“She went through all the stages of being a young woman in such an expanded world,” Coppola said, comparing Graceland to Versailles.

Sure, “Marie Antoinette” and “Priscilla” are 200 years apart, but writer-director Sofia Coppola can’t help but compare the two historical women ahead of her upcoming Priscilla Presley biopic.

In Coppola’s 2006 film Marie Antoinette, Kirsten Dunst played the iconic queen who reigned during the French Revolution. Now the Bling Ring boss is adapting Priscilla’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me, starring Cailee Spaeny (“Mare of Easttown”) and Jacob Elordi as the married couple Priscilla and Elvis. Priscilla is serving as the film’s executive producer.

“I’m excited to do something that’s rooted in this Americana style for the first time. And Priscilla is an absolute glamor icon,” Coppola told Vogue. “I was just so interested in Priscilla’s story and her perspective on what it was like to grow up at Graceland as a teenager. She went through all the stages of the young woman in such an expanded world – much like Marie Antoinette.”

Coppola continued, “We’re making a low-budget film. Not everything can be as epic as in Priscilla’s real life, so we have to recreate it in a sophisticated way.”

Frequent Coppola collaborators, including cinematographer Philippe Le Sourd, costume designer Stacey Battat, editor Sarah Flack and production designer Tamara Deverell, have also signed on for the period play. Priscilla is Coppola’s third collaboration with A24, following On the Rocks and The Bling Ring.

Coppola cast Spaeny in the role of Priscilla, which spanned 12 years from the ages of 15 to 27. Elordi auditioned to play Elvis, with Coppola noting that she “only watched one episode” of “Euphoria” with her daughter and “it was a little too much.” .”

“He also plays a real ass on this show,” Coppola said of Elordi’s character. “But he’s so sweet and humble as a person. I thought nobody would look like Elvis, but Jacob has the same appeal. He’s so charismatic and girls go crazy over him, so I knew he’d be able to play that kind of romantic icon. But we’re talking before we’ve even started filming, so I can’t go too deep into that.”

Coppola also debunked any comparison between “Priscilla” and Baz Luhrmann’s stirring epic “Elvis,” in which Austin Butler played the king of rock ‘n’ roll.

“I think Baz is so unique and his approach to this story was so creative. But Priscilla is such a minor character in this film that I never felt like I was walking in the same territory,” Coppola said. “I love that people loved his film about Elvis and there’s going to be another film about Priscilla in a few years. I think it will be interesting to have two completely different interpretations of the same events and time periods.”

She continued, “Priscilla is the focus. There are aspects to Elvis’ career, but it all plays out behind the scenes of their relationship and the development of their identity. I loved how Baz approached his story in a very collage-like way, but I’m glad it’s not too much of Priscilla’s story because I can really dig deep now.”

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Lindsay Lowe

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