Elvis Presley’s 2022 film ‘Elvis,’ which is set to premiere in Cannes on May 25, has already been shown to Presley’s family. Riley Keough, his granddaughter, recently discussed how she felt while watching it. Elvis Presley, also known as the King of Rock and Roll, is one of the most famous names in rock and roll and has served as an inspiration to many singers and performers who have followed in his footsteps. As a result, a biopic about the musician, like many other notable acts, didn’t take long to emerge. Austin Butler recently portrayed Elvis Presley in a film about the icon’s life and career.
The performer had a distinct style that included appealing dance moves, lyrics, and a wide range of vocals. After rocking for three decades in a row, the musicians died of heart problems, allegedly caused by drugs, at the age of 42. His legacy lives on, and even though he died nearly 50 years ago, other musicians and performers continue to pay tribute to him.
His most recent portrayal was directed by Baz Luhrmann and starred Austin Butler and Tom Hanks. The film will be released on May 25, but Presley’s family, including his granddaughter Riley Keough, have already seen it. In a recent interview, Keough revealed that she cried the moment the film began. Furthermore, she stated that the film depicted a lot of family trauma, but in a respectful rather than aggressive manner.
Following are Keough’s thoughts on the film: “It was an extremely emotional experience.” When it’s your family, it’s very difficult to watch. I was 12 years old when I saw ‘Moulin Rouge’ in a theater and decided I wanted to make movies. It was an honor to learn that Baz was directing this film. For the age I was at the time, ‘Romeo + Juliet’ and ‘Moulin Rouge’ were extremely powerful. It’s not that I disliked Baz, but you’re protective of your family. I could tell Baz and Austin were working hard to get it right in the first five minutes.
That immediately made me emotional. I began crying after five minutes and did not stop. For our family, there is a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that began around that time. I felt honored that they worked so hard to capture and feel his essence. Austin captured it perfectly. It’s getting a little too close. It’s compelling enough to watch. I’m not interested in playing a part in it. It was never a discussion. I believe there was a boundary that was nicely respected.” The trailer for the film is available below.