Priscilla: release date, reviews, trailer, cast, awards and everything we know about the Sofia Coppola movie

Jacob Elordi and Cailee Spaney in Priscilla
Jacob Elordi and Cailee Spaney in Priscilla (Image credit: Philippe Le Sourd/A24)

The other half of one of music's most iconic couples is having her story told on the big screen, as Priscilla, hailing from Sofia Coppola, is set to tell the story of Priscilla Presley, Elvis' wife.

The movie comes just a year after Elvis was the subject of his own biopic, the eponymously titled Elvis, which starred Austin Butler and Tom Hanks, was directed by Baz Luhrmann, was a hit at the box office and earned eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Butler (though none of those turned into wins).

Can Priscilla have the same kind of success?

Before we can see the movie and find out, here is everything that you need to know about it.

Priscilla release date

Priscilla is now playing exclusively in movie theaters everywhere in the US. The movie is going to arrive in the UK on January 5, 2024. 

2023 has been a busy year for A24, which has already released When You Finish Saving the World, Sharper, Showing Up, Beau Is Afraid, You Hurt My Feelings and Past Lives, with Earth Mama, Talk to Me, Problemista, Medusa Deluxe, Occupied City, The Zone of Interest and All Dirt Roads Taste of Salt expected to join Priscilla as 2023 new movies.

Priscilla plot

The Priscilla movie is based on the book Elvis and Me, written by Priscilla Presley and Sandra Harmon. Sofia Coppola has written the adaptation. Here is the official synopsis of the movie from A24:

"When teenage Priscilla Beaulieu meets Elvis Presley at a party, the man who is already a meteoric rock-and-roll superstar becomes someone entirely unexpected in private moments: a thrilling crush, an ally in loneliness, a gentle best friend. Through Priscilla's eyes, Sofia Coppola tells the unseen side of a great American myth in Elvis and Priscilla's long courtship and turbulent marriage, from a German army base to his dream-world estate at Graceland, in this deeply felt and ravishingly detailed portrait of love, fantasy and fame."

Sofia Coppola shared some more info on the movie and how it is different from 2022's Elvis.

Priscilla cast

Cailee Spaeny in Prisicilla

Cailee Spaeny in Prisicilla (Image credit: Sabrina Lantos/A24)

The iconic couple of Priscilla and Elvis are played by Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi, respectively.

Spaeny is no stranger to big projects, as her list of credits includes Pacific Rim: Uprising, Bad Times at the El Royale, On the Basis of Sex, Vice for movies and Devs, Mare of Easttown and The First Lady on the TV side. She is also set to star in an upcoming movie in the Alien franchise.

Elordi may be a bit more recognizable to general viewers, especially fans of Euphoria where he plays Nate Jacobs. Among his other credits are The Kissing Booth movies from Netflix and Deep Water alongside Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas.

The only other actor that A24 lists right now is Dagmara Dominczyk, who most recently starred in Succession season 4 and Hello Tomorrow!, but whose career has included roles in The Lost Daughter, The Assistant and The Count of Monte Cristo.

Priscilla trailer

The official trailer for Priscilla is here, showcasing Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elorid's critically-acclaimed performances. Watch it directly below, as the well as the previously released teaser trailer.

You can also get a behind-the-scenes look at the movie from Sofia Coppola and Cailee Spaney in this video:

Priscilla reviews

What to Watch has seen Sofia Coppola's latest movie and officially weighed in with our own Priscilla review. Find out why we call the movie and engrossing, if at times uneven, portrayal of Priscilla Presley.

Overall, Priscilla is an officially "Certified Fresh" movie on Rotten Tomatoes, with it earning a 88% positive score as of November 3.

Priscilla awards

We're keeping track of all the major end-of-year nominations and awards that Priscilla earns. Check out what the movie has racked up so far below:

Gotham Awards

  • Outstanding Lead Performance — Cailee Spaney (nominee)

Venice Film Festival

  • Best Actress — Cailee Spaney (winner)

Sofia Coppola movies

Sofia Coppola is the daughter of Francis Ford Coppola, but she has become a renowned filmmaker in her own right, including being nominated for Best Director at the Oscars for Lost in Translation and winning the Best Original Screenplay trophy for the movie. Here is a look at her complete filmography of feature movies: 

  • The Virgin Suicides (1999)
  • Lost in Translation (2003)
  • Marie Antoinette (2006)
  • Somewhere (2010)
  • The Bling Ring (2013)
  • The Beguiled (2017)
  • On the Rocks (2020)

She also directed the Netflix Christmas special, A Very Murray Christmas

Priscilla poster

Priscilla (Image credit: A24)
Michael Balderston

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Only Murders in the Building, Yellowstone, The Boys, Game of Thrones and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd.