Sofia Coppola has revealed that Lana Del Rey almost appeared in the film Priscilla soundtrack.
In a recent interview with E! Newssaid the filmmaker, “We were hoping she could make a song for it, but we couldn’t because of the timing.”
Coppola went on to say that she first heard about the fan correlation between Del Rey and the King of Rock and Roll during filming. Priscilla. She said, “I’m learning that people are really connecting Lana Del Rey and Priscilla and I didn’t realize that, but I was getting a lot of requests like, ‘How is she going to be a part of the movie?'”
Del Rey is known as a longtime fan of Elvis and Priscilla Presley, and even embodied Priscilla throughout her music career, often sporting big hair and exaggerated eyeliner, which was popular in the ’60s.
The “Young and Beautiful” singer has also referenced the music legend in some of her lyrics, including the line “Elvis is my daddy” in her song “Body Electric.” Her 2008 demo called “Elvis” was also featured in Eugene Jarecki’s Elvis documentary, The kingwhich was released in 2017.
Coppola added that she invited the Grammy-nominated singer to the premiere of Priscilla and although she couldn’t be there, the director is “excited for her to see it.”
The film, based on Priscilla’s memoirs Elvis and me, follows the love story between Elvis and Priscilla, told from her perspective, from their first meeting in 1959 to their later marriage. But the film does not feature any music from the rock ‘n’ roll icon because his estate did not accept Coppola’s offer for the rights to the music.
“They don’t like projects they didn’t create, and they protect their brand,” Coppola said. The Hollywood Reporter earlier this year. “But that has made us more creative.”
Priscillastarring Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, currently playing in theaters.