Sofia Coppola's film about Priscilla Presley is out now in theaters
Ever since she debuted with a bouffant hairstyle and cat eye eyeliner, and sang, “Elvis is my daddy,” on her 2012 song “Body Electric,” Lana Del Rey made it clear she is a devout fan of Elvis and Priscilla Presley.
“We were hoping she could do a song for it, but it didn’t work out with the timing,” the writer/director, 52, told the outlet in an on-camera interview.
She explained that during the making of the film based on Priscilla’s memoir Elvis and Me, out now in theaters nationwide, that she became aware of many fans’ connection between the Grammy-nominated singer and the pop culture icon. Coppola shared, “I’m learning that people really connect Lana Del Rey and Priscilla and I didn’t realize that, but I got a lot of requests with, ‘How is she gonna be a part of the movie?’”
The Oscar winner added that she even “invited her to the premiere,” even though she couldn’t make it. “I’m excited for her to see it,” the filmmaker added.
The movie starring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi notably doesn’t feature music from the rock ‘n’ roll legend, as its usage was denied by his estate. Rather, the soundtrack compiled by music supervisor Randall Poster and the French indie band Phoenix (fronted by Coppola’s husband Thomas Mars) is pieced together with largely pop music from the ‘50s and ‘80s, as well as some contemporary additions from indie stars like Porches.
Throughout her career, the “Video Games” singer has made nods to Priscilla, 78, primarily through her style. Upon the 2012 release of her debut album Born to Die, the performer frequently styled her hair and makeup similar to the fashion icon, and often still does in live performances. On the cover of her 2017 album Lust for Life, too, she wore daisies in her hair and a late ‘60s-era dress, as if imitating a style previously worn by the actress. (That look is in fact replicated in the film.)
Many fans of the alternative star expressed being heartbroken at the news that she nearly appeared on the soundtrack.
“This is the worst day of my life,” one user on X (formerly known as Twitter) replied to a post about the news.
“lana could’ve won an oscar for an original song from Priscilla but she wanna work shifts at waffle house…,” another posted, referring to the internet-famous photos of the star picking up a shift at an Alabama diner from over the summer.
A fan also chimed in, “a loss for the culture… lana would have fit so well on the soundtrack of priscilla.”
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In the past, Priscilla herself has shared that she admires the “Let the Light In” singer.
“I like Lana,” she said.
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