Yeah, Sofia Coppola cast Jacob Elordi as Elvis

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Jacob Elordi on the set of Sofia Coppola’s next film “Priscilla”

Olivia Chiappelli, Arts Reporter

Ever since it was announced about a month ago that Sofia Coppola’s next film “Priscilla” was going to be an A24 adaptation of Priscilla Presley’s 1985 biography “Elvis and Me,” starring Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla and — wait for it — Jacob Elordi as Elvis, I have not stopped thinking about it.

If you feel like this casting was totally out of left field, you are not alone. I know what you must be thinking: “What does Kissing Booth boy know about playing Elvis Presley?” or ”What did Nate Jacobs from Euphoria do to get this role?”

And to those questions, I have to say I have no idea. However, I do think this casting has an opportunity to be camp (what I label the things that I want to outwardly enjoy but everyone else dunks on.)

If anyone has seen Vogue’s “24 Hours With Euphoria’s Jacob Elordi” video, you would know that this man is dying to be in movies — like, sit-down-in-the-cinema movies where he can watch himself on the silver screen.

And for someone whose dream was to be a James Dean — but until this point has been exclusively relegated to streaming services — imagine his day when he found out he would be playing Presley in a Coppola movie.

Now imagine how it must feel for it to be announced that you are playing Presley three months after the release of Baz Luhrmann’s critically acclaimed “Elvis,” for which your ex girlfriend’s new boyfriend will undoubtedly win the Oscar. Yeah, that’s right, there’s some lore here.

It all started on Halloween of 2020 when Elordi and Kaia Gerber dressed up in a couples costume as Elvis and Priscilla Presley — with people already ripping on his non-Presley features and fake tan. 

In another timeline, Austin Butler was already shooting the real “Elvis,” quarantined in Australia with Tom Hanks without a clue in the world about how his Wikipedia page would update from just “Vanessa Hudgens’s boyfriend.”

Flash forward about a year, Elordi and Gerber break up, and like a month later, Butler and Gerber start dating. “Elvis” comes out, Butler is praised, Gerber’s kissing him on the red carpet in Cannes, and I — quite frankly — am winning. 

Butler has now reentered my celebrity hot list following his disappearance after 2013’s iconic The Carrie Diaries — I digress.

Butler is now Presley in the eyes of old people everywhere, and now Elordi has the pleasure of trying to compete with Butler’s newfound legacy. This is like old Hollywood levels of celebrity mess, and as a pop culture fiend I am living for it.

We have already seen a first look at Elordi filming as Presley, and my only thought I had when seeing those paparazzi photos of him was ‘wow, I have never seen a giant Elvis before.’ I guess this is the first time where being 6’5” is not an advantage.

However, this movie did prompt offline queen Coppola to officially join Instagram, and she is already dropping throwback unseen set photos and curated Spotify playlists. 

So thank you, Elordi, for playing giant Elvis so I could be given Coppola’s Instagram account — the biggest gift of all.