Ashley Greene, the 27 year-old actress best known for her role in the Twilight movie franchise has just been announced to play Priscilla Presley in the upcoming Elvis biopic Shangri-La Suite according to Deadline Hollywood.
Shangri-La Suite, directed by Eddie O’Keefe, stars Boardwalk Empire‘s Ron Livingston as Elvis Presley. But according to Deadline Hollywood, the film is not “a study of Elvis’s courtship of the young Priscilla. It’s set in 1974 and focuses on two troubled 20-year-olds who set out to kill The King.” Deadline Hollywood elaborates further:
“[The] 1970s-set [Shangri-La Suite] is directed by first timer Eddie O’Keefe from his script with Chris Hutton and follows two young lovers who meet in a mental hospital. The Bonnie & Clyde-esque pair set out to fulfill what one believes is his destiny – to kill Elvis Presley.”
Joining Ashley Greene’s Presley in the movie and presumably taking on the Bonnie and Clyde-esque role in the film are actors Emily Browning and Luke Grimes. Also joining Greene will be Avan Jogia, the actor best known for his role in Nickelodeon’s hit suspense show Twisted. According to Deadline Hollywood, “Jogia will take the role of Teijo Littlefoot, an old friend of Jack’s (Grimes) who joins the duo’s journey to LA in search of a sex change.” Shooting for Shangri-La Suite just began in Los Angeles.
Ashley Greene is coming off her performance in the Kickstarter funded, Zach Braff directed film Wish I Was Here. Ashley actually replaced her fellow Twilight cohort Anna Kendrick for the role in the Braff film, which is receiving high marks from critics after premiering at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.
Wish I Was Here, also starring Jim Parsons, Kate Hudson, Mandy Patinkin, Josh Gad, Joey King and Pierce Gagnon alongside Ashley Greene is a comedy/drama co-written by Zach’s brother Adam. Greene plays Janine, a young woman into Cosplay. The Hollywood Reporter likened it to Braff’s previous directorial debut, Garden State:
“Though in many ways a similarly quirky and touching film, with again an actor played by Braff in the lead and the death of a parent a major plot point, Wish I Was Here thankfully also feels like a more mature work that dares to tackle complex topics such as religion and God in the face of death and the cost, for a struggling actor who also has to support a family, of asserting the right to live a dream.”
What do you think? Will Ashley Greene make a convincing Priscilla Presley in the upcoming movie Shangri-La Suite?
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