Priscilla Presley and Sofia Coppola premiere new Elvis biopic at Venice Festival

Priscilla Presley made her first red carpet appearance since the death of her daughter Lisa Marie Presley as she celebrated the premiere of the Priscilla movie.

Stepping out at the Venice Film Festival, Priscilla, 78, led a string of glamorous arrivals.

Wearing a black satin co-ord with sheer sleeves, the redhead posted for cameras.

The star finished off her look with a pair of black heels and carried a handbag as her only accessory, with a pop of colour coming from her bold red lip.

Priscilla joined US director Sofia Coppola, 52, who brought the new Elvis biopic to the silver creen.

The filmmaker looked elegant in a black silk gown as she turned up to mark the release of the highly-anticipated flick.

Cameras truly went wild, however, when the lead stars rolled up, with Cailee Spaeny and Jacob Elordi now worlds away from their Priscilla and Elvis transformations.

Cailee, 25, wowed in a dazzling white gown with a plunging neckline and beaded pearl embellishment.

Meanwhile, Euphoria star Jacob, 26, who portrays the Jailhouse Rock hitmaker, looked super suave in a double-breasted suit.

The 80th annual Venice Film Festival has been unconventional, to say the least, given the strikes that hit Hollywood earlier this year.

As a result of the ongoing Sag-Aftra walkout, many stars have boycotted this year’s festival in solidarity.

There are some exceptions, though, with the likes of Priscilla and Adam Driver movie Ferrari able to have their moment as they were made by independent studios, which doesn’t break strike rules.

The trailer for Priscilla dropped back in June, with fans in awe as they finally got their first glimpse of the cast in character.

Based on Priscilla’s memoir Elvis and Me, the upcoming film follows Priscilla’s life with the King of Rock, to whom she was married for six years.

The movie will chart their romance right from the early days when she was just a teenager, with the teaser sharing recreated snapshots of their wedding in 1967, and the birth of their only daughter Lisa Marie in 1968, who died in January this year.

Director Sofia signed on last September, with filming taking place over three months.

When asked what made her want to adapt the biography for her next feature film, she told Vogue: ‘I’ve had her memoir for years and remember reading it a long time ago.

‘A friend of mine was talking about her recently, and we got around to discussing the book. I read it again and was really moved by her story.’

She continued: ‘I was just so interested in Priscilla’s story and her perspective on what it all felt like to grow up as a teenager in Graceland.’

The big premiere in Italy comes after Priscilla herself attended the photocall and responded to questions about her relationship with Elvis.

The Hollywood Reporter wrote that Priscilla paid an ‘emotional’ tribute to her late husband, who died in 1977.

‘It’s very difficult to watch a film about you and about your life and about your love,’ she said.

‘But Sofia did an amazing job. She did her homework. And I really put everything out for her that I could.’

She also insisted she and Elvis ‘never had sex’ upon first meeting, when Priscilla was just 14.

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‘Elvis would pour his heart out to me,’ she continued. ‘Even though I was 14, I was older in life than in years.’

‘And that was the attraction. People think, “Oh, it was sex, it was this”.

‘Not at all. I never had sex with him. He was very kind, very soft, very loving. But he also respected the fact I was only 14 years old.

‘We were more in mind and thought and that was our relationship.’

Priscilla will be released on October 27 in the USA and on December 26 in the UK.

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