We now know that Austin Butler will play Elvis Presley in Baz Luhrmann’s biopic about Elvis’ career and relationship with his manager played by Tom Hanks. Since this is supposedly a film about early Elvis, Skippy, Jiff, and Peter Pan can probably stop campaigning for the role of his favorite peanut butter and banana sandwich. But one question that keeps coming up is who will play Elvis’ wife Priscilla Presley? According to Priscilla herself, it could be the Hedy to her Allie, Lana Del Rey.
The Blast reports that photographers recently caught up with Priscilla as she was leaving LAX earlier this week, and they asked her about all this Elvis news. Priscilla was his only wife and mother to his only kid, Lisa Marie. Priscilla didn’t really have any comment on the casting of Austin Butler as Elvis, or whether she was consulted on the choice. But she did claim that she’s knows what’s going on and that she’s been in touch with Baz Luhrmann, before adding that she’s “not saying anything.” And when asked about the possibility of Lana Del Rey portraying her, Priscilla responded: “I like Lana.”
Of course, Priscilla didn’t explicitly state that she wants Lana for the role by suggesting Lana drag that Aqua Net-set bouffant of hers to an acting class ASAP. Lana hasn’t come right out and said that she wants the part, but W magazine claims she’s been “quietly campaigning” for it.
Lana was my first choice too. But Lana might actually be too old. Austin Butler is 27, whereas Lana is 34. Meanwhile, 24-year-old Elvis first met Priscilla when she was 14 years old. Forget about the fact that only creeps would want to see Elvis get with a 14-year-old, I’m pretty sure no one wants to watch Lana Del Rey act two decades younger than she is. Although to be fair, it would be 100% less weird than casting an actual 9th grader.
Actually, for that reason, maybe they should go with Lana. It’s a smarter PR move. Audiences won’t be asking, “Wait, so Priscilla was a 9th grader?” because they’ll be too busy asking, “Wait, so Priscilla was some kind of a moody, melancholy retro-looking singing ghost?”