Earlier this year, critics received Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” with open arms. The biopic gave audiences a close-up look into the late rockstar’s life, but his relationship with Priscilla Presley only served as a vague plot line. This time around, Sofia Coppola — best known for her directorial work on many iconic films — will share Priscilla’s side of the story by adapting her memoir, “Elvis and Me,” for the upcoming movie “Priscilla.”
At the moment, not much is known about the film. The movie will follow the life of Priscilla and her short-lived romance with one of the most famous men of all time. Coppola’s new Instagram account has left fans wondering whether any potential behind-the-scenes content will appear on the platform. In an interview with Vogue, Coppola stated that she prefers taking pictures from behind the camera, making this a real possibility.
Besides Coppola’s directorial ability, the casting of the film remains one of the most controversial topics among fans and the film community. Though many are skeptical of Cailee Spaeny’s casting as Priscilla, fans are more concerned about Jacob Elordi being selected to play Elvis. Many fear that Austin Butler’s exceptionally uncanny performance in “Elvis” will be a tough act to follow. However, fans should be more focused on the casting for Priscilla, as the film will explore her perspective and personal experiences, culminating in a unique take on the story of Elvis.
Almost immediately after rumors about the production of “Priscilla” were confirmed, the film’s cast was announced, which quickly sent media outlets and TikTok users into a whirlwind of panic. Fans of “Elvis” or Coppola’s work have continued to voice their skepticism of “Priscilla.” The phrase “Trust the Process” is definitely important when it comes to Coppola’s seemingly chaotic creative decisions.
Many behind-the-scenes shots of the actors have already been shared, stoking the flames of controversy surrounding this considerably risky film. Luhrmann’s “Elvis” set a high bar — so high that it attracted rumors of a potential Oscar nomination — and dedicated fans have already begun comparing the two films. Coppola is under undeniably immense pressure, but her film might leave fans pleasantly surprised.
Despite the sexist backlash she has received in the past and the doubt she currently faces, Coppola’s film track-record speaks for itself. Given her impressive filmography, it’s not difficult to have faith in the film. While the ambiguous casting may negatively impact the movie’s success at the box office, Coppola’s role in writing, directing and producing this A24 film will hopefully change the outlook of many skeptics.
One of her most notable works is another book adaptation titled “The Virgin Suicides,” which has maintained a strong following since its release in 1999. Coppola’s grounded portrayal of the female teenage experience continues to garner new fans over the years, and the creative adaptation earned praise for both its talented cast and Coppola’s seamless work as a director. Many long-time fans also consider films such as “Lost in Translation” and “Marie Antoinette” to be some of her best works.
“The Virgin Suicides” and “Marie Antoinette” each illustrate her unique ability to accurately capture the female experience. Both films star Kirsten Dunst, who embodied these characters in a way that’s intensely relatable and brilliantly memorable. Coppola’s great talent in portraying strong women and their struggles will undoubtedly ripple into “Priscilla.”
At this point, it’s obvious that the media will continue to doubt and diminish the quality of Coppola’s upcoming film. However, her excellent work has always spoken for itself, so “Priscilla” might just surprise everyone. If anyone can properly convey the perspective of another iconic woman to viewers, it’s Sofia Coppola. Whether this film turns out to be a flop or an absolute masterpiece is uncertain. However, die-hard fans of the director know that her creative vision is essential for appreciating the end result, and her incredible past works should instill a bit more trust in “Priscilla”.