Sofia Coppola’s biopic Priscilla has secured a SAG-AFTRA Interim Agreement ahead of the 80th Venice Film Festival this autumn.
Despite being another A24 feature production to receive an interim agreement, Coppola’s film gets a waiver from the union because the film was shot in Canada under the production company TCB Productions Canada.
Priscilla follows the Presleys from the perspective of the King’s young bride.
SAG-AFTRA, in unison with the Writers Guild, has modified its interim agreement policy to exempt any productions shot in the US that are covered by the WGA.
Specific wording is “shot in US” SAG-AFTRA National Executive Director and Chief Negotiator Duncan Crabtree-Ireland explained to Deadline at Comic-Con that when it comes to interim agreements, “There’s multiple national laws that apply to exactly how we address striking that production…That’s one of the things we consider in the process of determining whether we grant an interim agreement.”
The agreement allows the film's cast, which includes Jacob Elordi as Elvis and Cailee Spaeny as Priscilla Beaulieu Presley, to do press tours and attend the Venice Film Festival at their discretion.
Deadline also reports that that Coppola will be attending Venice under the proviso of her Directors Guild of America contract, alongside Priscilla Presley.
Coppola adapted Priscilla Presley’s 1985 memoir Elvis and Me.
Priscilla also stars Raine Monroe Boland, Emily Mitchell, Dagmara Domińczyk, Jorja Cadence, Rodrigo Fernandez-Stoll, and Luke Humphrey.
The film is is produced by Lorenzo Mieli, Coppola, and Youree Henley. Executive producers are Roman Coppola, Chris Hatcher, Fred Roos and Presley.
Priscilla is slated for theatrical release on October 27 from A24.