Jacob Elordi

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Jacob Elordi has been cast as Elvis Presley in an upcoming film by Sofia Coppola.

Written and directed by Coppola, Priscilla is inspired by Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me. The film is expected to be distributed by A24. 

Mare of Easttown, The Craft: Legacy’s Cailee Spaeny will star opposite Elordi as the titular businesswoman, actress and former partner of the King of Rock and Roll.

In this memoir, Presley chronicles the reasons that led to her meeting her ex-husband, their marriage in 1967, and their divorce in 1973.

The movie will start filming in Toronto this fall, and it will be the third team-up between Coppola and A24, after The Bling Ring in 2013 and On the Rocks in 2020. A series adaptation of The Custom of the Country – a novel by Edith Wharton – is also in the works by the director. 

The adaptation came following Baz Luhrmann’s blockbuster Elvis biopic, which stars Austin Butler as Elvis and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla.

The musical drama tells the story of the legend’s rise from a young age to his career in the 1950s as he sought to maintain a working relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).

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Elordi and Butler

In a previous interview with EW, Butler said Priscilla – who has complimented the film’s cast and crew – was a massive supporter of the movie. 

“I got to meet Priscilla beforehand,” Butler revealed. 

“The first day I went to Graceland. It was profound for me. She just gave me a big hug and said, ‘You have a lot of support.’ Feeling her blessing beforehand [meant so much] because I wanted to make her proud. I wanted to do him justice – for her and for her family and Lisa Marie.” 

A review from EW of Luhrmann’s “electrifying” Elvis praised Butler’s performance as “revelatory… fully lived-in and vulnerable.” Furthermore, an Oscar talk has been circulating for the actor.

That alone puts some pressure on Elordi because Butler’s portrayal remains fresh in the memories of movie enthusiasts.

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