“It was a very emotional experience. It’s very hard to watch when it comes to your family,” said Keough, who was allowed to preview her grandfather’s autobiography. “I started crying within five minutes and didn’t stop. A lot of family and generational trauma started during the time which can also be seen in the movie.”
The young director and actress also said that director Baz Luhrmann spoke extensively with her and her mother and grandmother Priscilla Presley before he began his feature film. The family also gave the manager access to Graceland, the Memphis property where Elvis lives. Other than that, they weren’t involved in the movie, says Keough. “Ultimately, we’re not going to tell Baz Luhrmann how to make a movie.”
In the movie Elvis, Luhrmann (The Great Gatsby) tells the story of world superstar Elvis Presley through the eyes of Colonel Tom Parker, a Dutchman whose real name is Dries Van Quek. He discovered Elvis and was his manager for many years. Covering nearly twenty years after its launch, in the mid-1950s, the film features Austin Butler (Elvis) and Tom Hanks (Parker). The film will be shown worldwide on Thursday, June 23.
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