Priscilla Presley probably has some pull on who will get to play the role of herself in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming biopic on her famous husband.
The 74-year-old widow of Elvis Presley was leaving LAX this week when she was asked about Austin Butler scoring the starring role as The King in the untitled project.
Priscilla didn’t have much to say on the 27-year-old star landing Elvis, however she did have an opinion on who should get to play the role of Priscilla.
Many actresses have reportedly been vying for the part, including Lana Del Rey and Ariana Grande.
However, Priscilla makes it clear, “I like Lana,” she says before getting into her waiting car.
The “Born to Die” singer has reportedly been obsessed with trying to get the part, and according to Radar Online, has been badgering director Baz about casting.
Other than Butler, the only other star who has been cast is Tom Hanks.
Hanks will be playing Elvis’ longtime manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
The role of Elvis was hotly contested, with stars like Miles Teller and Harry Styles also testing.
After Butler won the role, Baz told Deadline, “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”
The untitled biopic will cover the legendary singer’s explosion to a global icon as seen through his volatile relationship with Parker, who was Elvis’ manager for over 20 years.
The film will be shot next year in Queensland, Australia with the support of the Queensland Government.