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Priscilla Presley and Lisa Marie Divided Over Elvis Biopic

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By Suzanne Rothberg

An Elvis biopic has reportedly divided Priscilla Presley and her daughter Lisa Marie after trying to put their rocky relationship behind them in recent months. The dispute involves the biopic being produced that has split the mother and daughter apart.

Priscilla has been actively involved in the casting and creative process for the film, from Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann. Lisa Marie is concerned that the film might shed a negative light of the rock icon.

Presley fears the film will expose Elvis' interest in young girls, in this day and age of the Me Too era—especially since he famously started dating Priscilla Presley when her mother was only 14 years old.

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Lisa Marie Doesn't Want Her Father Exploited For His Interest in Young Girls

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Lisa Marie doesn't want her mother Priscilla exposing too much private information about her father Elvis.

Priscilla will have a hands-on role in producing and shaping the film.

"I have been involved with Baz," the former Dallas star said. "He has come to my home and he has been emailing me. In fact, we’re going to be having another lunch at my home. He’s keeping me on top of everything. It’s been wonderful. He is a genius," she told US Weekly.

Priscilla Will Not Advise Luhrmann How To Direct The Film

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When it comes to directing, Priscilla is not involved in giving orders on how to direct the film.

“I’m not getting involved with any kind of telling him what to do or how to do it or suggestions,” she explained. “No, no. I think this will be very stylized, very different.”

The new biopic will star Australian actress Olivia DeJonge, best known to American audiences for playing Becca in the 2017 horror film The Visit, was cast as Priscilla in October.

"Olivia is capable of manifesting the complex depth and presence that has made Priscilla Presley an icon in her own right," Luhrmann said of DeJonge. "She’s an extremely talented young actor and the perfect counterpoint to Austin’s Elvis."

The film will also star Tom Hanks to play Tom Parker. Priscilla seemed confident that he would carry the role well.

"Tom Hanks can pretty much capture anybody as far as his acting ability and how professional he is and how deep and deeply involved he gets with the character,” she told Us Weekly. “I’m extremely pleased. I think that it’ll be very good.”

The new Elvis film still does not have an official title but is scheduled to open on Oct. 1, 2021. Luhrmann wrote the film with Craig Pearce and production will start in Australia in 2020.

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