Priscilla Presley was overcome with emotion after the forthcoming biopic “Elvis” acquired a unprecedented 12-minute standing ovation on the Cannes Movie Pageant — the longest applause to this point, in line with Selection.
The 77-year-old — who was married to Rock-‘n’-Roll legend Elvis Presley from 1967 till 1973 — reportedly wiped away tears as she hugged director Baz Luhrmann after the screening.
Because the cheers went on and on, a teary-eyed Austin Butler — who stepped into the blue suede sneakers of the enduring crooner — hugged an equally-emotional Priscilla.
On the post-screening occasion, lights within the sky shaped outlines of the legendary singer, which learn “#Elvismovie” up above.
With the viewers nonetheless on its ft, Luhrmann hugged his solid members and was clearly moved by the viewers’s heat reception of his newest mission.
The director stated that when COVID hit manufacturing of the movie was shut down, he felt prefer it was “by no means going to occur.”
“However for the bravery of Tom to come back again, and the bravery of his solid, and this crew, to go on via COVID, and to complete this movie… and we’re again in Cannes,” he stated, in line with Folks.
“And to see these streets so full of people that love motion pictures, of each type of life, of each background, and each form of film says a lot extra about what this place means, and what it means to be again within the cinema. So for that, we’re eternally grateful, Cannes.”
Presley has beforehand sung her praises of the brand new movie, formally giving her stamp of approval final month.
In a Fb publish, the “Bare Gun” actress stated she noticed the film along with her late ex-husband’s longtime pal Jerry Schilling and was impressed by Butler taking over the titular position.
“The story is about Elvis and Colonel Parker’s relationship,” Presley wrote. “It’s a true story instructed brilliantly and creatively that solely Baz, in his distinctive inventive means, might have delivered. Austin Butler, who performed Elvis, is excellent.”
“Midway via the movie Jerry and I checked out one another and stated WOW!!!” she shared. “Bravo to him…he knew he had massive sneakers to fill. He was extraordinarily nervous taking part in this half. I can solely think about.”
Previous to the “Elvis” world premiere at Cannes, the film earned rave reviews from Lisa Marie Presley, and the crooner’s granddaughter Riley Keough.
Lisa Marie referred to as the movie “nothing wanting spectacular.”
“Austin channeled and embodied my father’s coronary heart and soul superbly,” she stated. “In my humble opinion, his efficiency is unprecedented and eventually finished precisely and respectfully. If he doesn’t get an Oscar for this, I’ll eat my very own foot.”
Keough instructed Selection at Cannes that she began crying throughout the first 5 minutes of watching “Elvis,” including, “I might really feel how a lot work Baz and Austin put into making an attempt to get it proper.”
“That made me emotional instantly…I felt honored they labored so exhausting to actually get his essence, to really feel his essence. Austin captured that so superbly,” she added.
With Publish wires