Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi has been tapped to play Elvis Presley in the forthcoming film by Sofia Coppola.
Priscilla, to be written and directed by Coppola, is inspired by Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me. The film will be distributed by A24.
Mare of Easttown, The Craft: Legacy’s Cailee Spaeny will star alongside Elordi as the titular businesswoman, actress, and former partner of the King of Rock and Roll.
In the memoir, Presley chronicles how she met her former husband, their marriage in 1967, and the grounds that led to 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 forthcoming adaption comes after the blockbuster success of Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic featuring Austin Butler and Olivia DeJonge as Elvis and Priscilla, respectively.
The musical drama chronicles the rise of the late legend, starting from his young age to his career in the 1950s while trying to maintain a working relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker (Tom Hanks).
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.