Three generations of Elvis Presley’s family banded together to watch the singer’s biopic in his hometown of Memphis on Saturday night.
The special was attended by the former wife of Blue Suede Shoes singer Priscilla, 77, their daughter, singer Lisa Marie, 54, and granddaughter Priscilla Riley Keough, 33.
The women, all dressed in black embellishments, snapped a series of photos before watching and were later joined by actor Austin Butler, who plays the titular character.
American trio! Three generations of Elvis Presley’s family gathered to watch the singer’s biopic in his hometown of Memphis on Saturday night (pictured is Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla) [middle]Their daughter Lisa Marie [centre] Granddaughter of Priscilla Riley Keough [left])
She also swung by to see the biopic, which hits UK cinemas later this month, Harper’s twin girls Lisa Vivienne Ann Lockwood and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood, 13.
Speaking about the film directed by Baz Luhrmann, Riley said: ‘It was a very emotional experience. It’s very hard to watch when you are your family.
I started crying for five minutes and didn’t stop. There are a lot of family traumas and generational traumas starting at that time for our family.
Transition: Speaking of the film directed by Baz Luhrmann, Elvis Riley’s granddaughter said: It was a very emotional experience. It’s so hard to watch when you’re your family’ (Elvis 1957 photo)
UNITED: Priscilla, ex-wife of The Blue Suede Shoes singer, 77, their daughter singer Lisa Marie, 54, and granddaughter Priscilla Riley, 33, all dressed in black trim
Special Night: The women are later joined by actor Austin Butler, who plays the titular character
Family Affair: Also to watch the biopic, which hits UK cinemas later this month, Harper’s twin girls Lisa were Vivian Ann Lockwood (left) and Finley Aaron Love Lockwood, 13 (second to right) (Baz Luhrmann at the middle)
While taking the titular role, Austin spoke about his holistic approach to taking on such an iconic character.
He said: ‘I had about a year and a half before we started shooting. It feels like I’m climbing Mount Everest, it’s a pretty massive undertaking, so, for me, I only had to take it one step at a time.
I began to absorb everything. I’ve watched every bit of the footage out there, watched every interview of him throughout his career and read every book written about his life.
Memories: Priscilla married Elvis in 1967, and later divorced in 1973, when she was 27 – and just four years before his death (pictured on their wedding day)
Then I started to break it down into bits, so it was just about seeing how his voice had changed over the years and taking hold of that.
This became an obsession for two years where I stopped the rest of my life. I’ve gone through every part of his being like that. From his spiritual development and the way he has moved and how that has changed over the years.
“Really at the core of all of this for me was the dehumanization of Elvis’ icon or caricature of him. This is what I found really cool.
Talking about the nature of performing for the role, going on stage and putting on a show like Elvis, Austin said, “I was really nervous about these shows because it’s something I’ve never done before.
I’ve spoken to Rami Malek beforehand, and he tells me, “I think those days are probably going to be your most fun days,” and it turns out they are exactly that.
Speaking out: Austin said of his role: ‘I had about a year and a half before we started shooting. It feels like I’m climbing Mount Everest, it’s a pretty massive undertaking, so, for me, I only had to take it one step at a time.
The first performance we shot was the ’68 Special so I went out in black leather and was really nervous beforehand.
“I’ve been dedicating a year and a half every single day to this and suddenly here’s the moment of truth, where I go out in front of everyone and feel like my career was on the line, this job…I felt like everything was on the line in this moment.
I had this moment on my own before I even went there, and I really took comfort in the fact that it was a success or break moment in Elvis’ life.
His career was on the line. So, it wasn’t a bad thing that I had this fear and I knew he was feeling the same. I can just take that energy and do what he did which is build a relationship with the audience.
The film stars Austin and Tom Hanks, who plays his infamous manager, Colonel Tom Parker.
There’s plenty of excitement around the biopic of Elvis Presley from Australia Paz, who hopes to re-create the uproar he made when he brought the can to Cannes with the Moulin Rouge! 20 years ago.
The film chronicles Elvis’ life and career from his early days as a kid growing up in Mississippi to his rise as a rock ‘n’ roll icon and movie star, along with his complicated relationship with his manager.
Elvis arrives in cinemas June 24.
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