An industry source has now told Radar Online that Del Rey has reportedly been “begging” the film’s producers about playing Elvis’ ex-wife, arguing that her likeness to Priscilla would make her the perfect fit for the role.
“Lana feels it’s a role she was born to play,” said the source. “She has had her agent badgering Baz for months now, hoping to get her cast.”
In a statement about Butler’s casting, Luhrmann said: “I knew I couldn’t make this film if the casting wasn’t absolutely right, and we searched thoroughly for an actor with the ability to evoke the singular natural movement and vocal qualities of this peerless star, but also the inner vulnerability of the artist.”
Whether Del Rey will join the pair remains to be seen. She doesn’t have any high-profile acting experience so it would almost certainly represent a risk for Luhrmann, but the fact that she’s a huge fan of Elvis (Del Rey recorded a song called ‘Elvis’ for a 2018 documentary about the rock legend’s life) could yet work in her favour.