The King of Rock and Roll’s only child, Lisa Marie Presley, is giving director Baz Luhrmann’s new Elvis biopic her seal of approval.
In an Instagram post on Friday, the rock icon’s ex-wife Priscilla Presley wrote how her daughter couldn’t be happier with the way the film turned out, and that she loved the final results after seeing it during a special screening.
‘I’ve seen Elvis the film, I watched the trailer over a dozen times,’ Priscilla, 76, began in the caption alongside the movie’s trailer.
‘But the words I heard from my daughter on how much she loved the film and that [her daughter] Riley [Keough] will love it too when she sees it brought tears.’
Emotional: Priscilla Presley (left) says the feedback she got from her daughter Lisa Marie Presley (right) about how much she loved the new Elvis biopic brought her to tears
The King: Austin Butler, 30, plays Elvis Presley in the new biopic directed by Baz Luhrmann, which will hit theaters in June
Touched by the story, which focuses on Elvis Presley and his relationship with his manager Colonel Parker, Priscilla said she ‘relived every moment in this film’ and that it ‘took me a few days to overcome the emotions as it did with Lisa.’
She then heaped praise on director Luhrmann, as well as the film’s three main stars: Tom Hanks, who portrays Parker, Austin Butler, who portrays Elvis, and Olivia DeJonge, who portrays Priscilla herself, before calling the project ‘beautifully done.’
Overcome with emotions: Priscilla says it took her and her daughter ‘a few days to overcome the emotions’ after watching the upcoming biopic
The premise: The film chronicles the life and career of Presley from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent as a rock and roll icon and movie star
The premise: The storyline also focuses on Elvis’ complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, who was played by Tom Hanks (pictured) in the biopic
After watching the Elvis biopic during a special screening late last month, Priscilla raved about Luhrmann’s vision and Austin Butler’s performance as the King of Rock and Roll, to whom she was married to for just over six years.
The film chronicles the life and career of Presley from his early days as a child growing up in Mississippi to his ascent as a rock and roll icon and movie star, along with his complex relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
‘This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. 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,’ the now 76-year-old wrote.
High praise: Priscilla heaped praise on director Baz Luhrmann, along with the main star Austin Butler, Ton Hanks and Olivia DeJonge: ‘Beautifully done’
Her take: ‘This story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship. 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,’ Priscilla shared last month
Coming this summer: The new Elvis biopic is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on June 24, 2022, and then drops on HBO Max 45 days later
‘Halfway through the movie Jerry [Schilling] and I looked at each other and said WOW!!! Bravo to him…he knew he had big shoes to fill. He was extremely nervous playing this part. I can only imagine.’
She continued: ‘Tom Hanks was Col Parker in this film. What a character he was. There was two sides to Colonel, Jerry and I witnessed both. The story, as we all know, does not have a happy ending. But I think you will understand a little bit more of Elvis’ journey, penned by a director who put his heart and soul and many hours into this film.’
Fans got a first look at Butler, 30, as Elvis in the first trailer, which was released in February.
The new Elvis biopic will have its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival, which runs from May 17–28.
It is scheduled for theatrical release in the United States on June 24, 2022, and then drops on HBO Max 45 days later.
The way they were: Priscilla was married to Elvis for six years, from 1967 to 1973; Priscilla and Lisa Marie are pictured with Elvis in 1970
Thumbs up: Lisa Marie told her mother she thinks her daughter Riley Keough will love the Elvis film; mother and daughter is pictured in October 2017