After Years Of Homages To Elvis, Lana Del Rey Isn't A Part Of "Priscilla," And The Fans Are Not Happy

I have bad news. Lana Del Rey isn't featured on the soundtrack for the new movie Priscilla.

Lana Del Rey onstage
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In an interview with E! News, the film's director, Sofia Coppola, noted she "got a lot of requisitions about how [Lana] could be part of the movie" based on the life of Priscilla Presley, and she explained why it didn't happen.

Closeup of Sofia Coppola
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The news that 38-year-old Elizabeth Woolridge Grant, one of my favorite tragically romantic singers, was so close to being a part of a film by one of my favorite tragically romantic directors breaks my heart — and I'm not alone. The fans are perturbed.

Lana Del Rey onstage
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Let me explain why Lana was perfect for Priscilla. First, let's talk about how Lana's entire persona feels like an homage to Priscilla's lifelong career.

Closeup of Lana Del Rey
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The "Summertime Sadness" singer is known for her cinematic and melancholic music and a vintage Hollywood aesthetic straight out of the '60s.

Screenshots of Lana Del Rey

Her voice is made for soundtracks. I'm still processing my emotions from listening to the otherworldly song "Young and Beautiful" from Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby or her haunting rendition of "Once Upon a Dream" for Maleficent.

Closeup of Lana Del Rey

Honestly, no shade to Cailee Spaeny (who played Priscilla in the film), but Lana could've been a fair option for the role. In 2013, Lana wrote and starred in her own short film, Tropico, which included an Elvis impersonator.

Screenshots from "Tropico"

If becoming Priscilla wasn't in the cards for Lana, she certainly referenced the King of Rock 'n' Roll in her music. In "Body Electric" from her third EP, Paradise, she literally says, "Elvis is my daddy," so her presence made sense somewhere in the film's atmosphere.

Lana accepting an award onstage

In 2008, she had a song called "Elvis" for the documentary The King, including the lyrics, "Elvis, where are you when I need you most?"

Closeup of Elvis and Priscilla

The connection is almost too obvious.

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Now, let's examine why Sofia Coppola's aesthetic is perfect for Lana's music. Sofia first impressed us with her directorial debut of the controversial novel The Virgin Suicides, a book that feels like it lives on Lana's bedside table.

Sofia Coppola onset of her films

In 2006, the 52-year-old filmmaker blessed us with the award-winning fashions of the 2006 new wave/post-punk Marie Antoinette. And the Academy Award-winning Lost in Translation felt like a Lana music video.

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And to top it all off, the actual Priscilla Presley recently confirmed that she is, in fact, a Lana Del Rey fan.

Closeup of Priscilla Presley
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In the E! News interview, Sofia claimed that she hoped Lana could at least do a song for the film, but "it didn't work out with the timing." The pressure was so heavy that the director claimed she even invited Lana to the film's premiere but said she couldn't make it.

Sofia Coppola taking a photo
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Lana's entire music catalog and wardrobe was the perfect setup to be featured on a soundtrack for Sofia Coppola's Priscilla. Unfortunately, it didn't happen, and we, the fandom, have feelings about it.

I'm not the only one upset about the perfect music collaboration that never was:

"Lana's work ethic is terrible"
"a loss for the culture..."
"i need to know what's on her schedule, other than vaping, that's more important than this"
"she was probably working her shift at the Waffle House"
"she is her own worst enemy because this would've been a cultural reset"

Twitter: @kannykrush

"lana has organized her career around and guided the whole trajectory of her life toward recording an original song for a sofia coppola movie about elvis presley..."

Twitter: @CinamonSluh

Twitter: @fxvkingfaith

Twitter: @keybrackson

Twitter: @fabbgrat

Twitter: @takecarehours

Twitter: @arianaunext

Although I'm bummed — not too much on Lana. It's a missed opportunity, but her music is still fire.