Decades after his death, Elvis Presley continues to be a cultural icon. He was the subject of last year’s award-winning blockbuster Elvis, and is also a major character in the upcoming biopic Priscilla, about his wife Priscilla Presley.
While Priscilla, 78, has been vocally supportive of the Sofia Coppola-directed film, one family member was reportedly appalled by the film’s negative depiction of the King of Rock and Roll — Elvis’ daughter Lisa Marie Presley, who slammed the script before her death in January.
Priscilla, written and directed by Sofia Coppola, is based on Priscilla’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me. It stars Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla and Jacob Elordi.
The film expands to theaters nationwide this weekend and has received acclaim from critics, currently standing at 91% on Rotten Tomatoes. The film is told from Priscilla’s point of view, and many of the reviews say it has a less-than-flattering depiction of Elvis: he’s reportedly depicted as manipulative, egotistical and verbally abusive.
The film does not contain any of Elvis’ music. Many have pointed out that it’s a drastically darker take on The King’s life than Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis, which was a major hit and Best Picture nominee last year.
Priscilla Presley has been a vocal supporter of Coppola’s film: “It is very difficult to sit and watch a film about you and about your life and about your love,” she said at this year’s Venice Film Festival, per Reuters. “I think Sophia did an amazing job. She did her homework.”
According to Variety, Lisa Marie read the script and slammed its “shockingly vengeful and contemptuous” depiction of her father.
“My father only comes across as a predator and manipulative,” Lisa Marie wrote in an email to Sofia Coppola, reportedly four months before her death. “As his daughter, I don’t read this and see any of my father in this character. I don’t read this and see my mother’s perspective of my father. I read this and see your shockingly vengeful and contemptuous perspective and I don’t understand why?”