Elvis’ granddaughter says watching new film about her grandfather was ‘very intense’

Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, said on Friday it was “very intense” to watch the new “biopic” about the rock’n’roll legend, which will premiere at the Cannes Film Festival.

Keough, known for such films as “Logan Luck” and “American Honey,” presented her first film, “War Pony,” at Cannes a few days before the world premiere of Baz Luhrmann’s “Elvis” with Austin Butler in the role of the legendary singer and Tom Hanks as his enigmatic manager.

Elvis’s granddaughter said she recently watched the film with her mother, Lisa Marie Presley, and grandmother, Priscilla Presley.

“It was a very emotional experience,” he said.

“There is a lot of family trauma and generational trauma that started there. It was a very intense experience,” he insisted.

Despite the discomfort of seeing his family on the big screen, Keough said it was an “honor” that the film was directed by Luhrmann.

“The first movie I saw in a movie theater, when I knew I wanted to make a movie, was ‘Moulin Rouge,’ I was 12 years old,” Keough said, referring to the famous film directed by Luhrmann and starring Nicole Kidman.

According to her, all the effort that Luhrmann and Butler made to capture the essence of the king of rock was evident.

“It was very emotional and I started crying within five minutes, and I didn’t stop,” he explained. “So I have to see her again.”

The family helped Luhrmann gain access to Presley’s home, Graceland, and contact other people associated with Elvis.

“But in the end, we’re not going to tell Baz Luhrmann how to make a movie,” he added.

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