Sofia Coppola revealed to the Wall Street Journal that the budget for her movie “Priscilla” was occasionally tight, to the point where she considered organizing a raffle for a pickleball game with her lead actor, Jacob Elordi, as a means to secure additional shooting days. In the film, Jacob Elordi, known for his role in “Euphoria,” portrays Elvis Presley, while Cailee Spaeny stars in the title role and earned the Best Actress award at the Venice Film Festival for her performance.
“He can play pickleball,” Coppola said of Elordi. “Our budget was always strained, low budget, and I was like, ‘I wonder if I could raffle off a pickleball game with Jacob to raise money to get one more day of shooting.’ We didn’t, but he was a good sport. He indulged me, even though he’s not an enthusiast. I think he associates it with, like, Malibu moms.”
Regarding Cailee Spaeny, Sofia Coppola mentioned in a recent interview with W magazine that it was her longtime collaborator Kirsten Dunst who introduced her to the new actor. Kirsten Dunst had worked alongside Spaeny in Alex Garland’s upcoming A24 film titled “Civil War,” which brought the young actor to Coppola’s attention.
Sofia Coppola mentioned, “Kirsten is like a sister to me, and when she recommended Cailee, I paid attention.” She went on to say that she offered Cailee Spaeny the role of Priscilla Presley during their initial breakfast meeting.
The film “Priscilla” received highly positive reviews at the Venice Film Festival. Variety‘s chief film critic, Owen Gleiberman, praised the film as deeply authentic. He stated, “Coppola tells this story with open eyes, so that we’re caught up, for a while, in the otherworldly entrance of what it would mean to have the biggest star on the planet choose you to be his princess.” Gleiberman also noted Jacob Elordi’s portrayal of Elvis: “He doesn’t look all that much like him. Yet his louche body language is perfect, and what he does with Elvis’s voice brings him closer to being a dead ringer than Austin Butler was.”
“Priscilla” is scheduled to premiere in cinemas on November 3 from A24.