Riley Keough on Why She Didn’t Want to Star in ‘Elvis’: ‘It’s a Little Too Close’

The Presley family legacy was at the forefront of Riley Keough’s mind thanks to the Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis.”The “War Pony” director and granddaughter of Elvis Presley revealed that watching the musical biopic was an “emotional experience” during an interview at Cannes, where the movie is set to premiere out of competition.“It’s very intense to watch when it’s your family,” Keough said during a Variety interview at Cannes.

“The first movie I ever watched in the theater and said I wanted to make movies was [Baz Luhrmann’s] ‘Moulin Rouge,’ I was 12.

It was a real honor to know Baz was doing this movie…It wasn’t like I distrusted Baz in any way, but you’re protective over your family.”Austin Butler stars as the titular King of Rock ‘n Roll, with Olivia DeJonge playing Priscilla.

Tom Hanks frames the film as manager Colonel Tom Parker.


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