It’s been a big year for Elvis Presley fans, not only with the 45th anniversary of his untimely death at 42, but also with the release of the Baz Luhrmann biopic on the big screen. In fact, Elvis star Austin Butler is likely to win Best Actor in a Dramatic Motion Picture at the Golden Globes tomorrow night, which could well herald an Oscar win down the road. Yesterday marked what would have been the King’s 88th birthday with his daughter Lisa Marie Presley paying tribute outside Graceland, but that wasn’t the only news.
Netflix posted a new poster and title for its upcoming Elvis show that was originally called Agent King. The streaming service said: “HAPPY BIRTHDAY ELVIS. Agent Elvis, a new Netflix original animated series is coming soon.” The accompanying poster showed Elvis in his iconic sunglasses, holding a huge golden pistol. One synopsis reads: “Elvis trades his jumpsuit for a jetpack when he joins a secret government spy program to help combat the dark forces that threaten the country.”
The adult animated show is presumably somewhat inspired by The King’s love of law enforcement and desire to be an agent of sorts, having collected several honorary police badges over the years. When he met President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970, the singer even applied for a federal agent badge from the Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs. Unbelievably, this was fixed and the star was ecstatic.
Interestingly, although Elvis’ ex-wife Priscilla Presley is an executive producer on Agent Elvis, she has clashed with the creative team over the project.
Speaking at Elvis Week 2021, Priscilla said: “I read the scripts. I am worried about the scripts because it is an animation for adults. So you leave it to Sony and Netflix because they’re the ones who have it. Sometimes the script comes along and I’m like, ‘God, Elvis would never say that!’”
The 77-year-old gave an example where Elvis met a spy agency commander during the 1960s, wanting to become an agent. She said: “[The Commander’s] The assistant is really tough and says things to Elvis like, ‘Get it yourself!’ Oh my gosh, I would never let a woman or anyone say, ‘Get it yourself.'” So, Elvis’ ex-wife went to the creators of Agent Elvis and asked them to cut the lines.
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Priscilla continued: “I said, ‘You can’t put that in there!’ So this is me trying to change everything that Elvis wouldn’t. But they said, ‘Come on, give us some slack.’ And I’m like, ‘I’ll give up on this, but you’ve got to get this out. They had this part where she’s like, ‘Yeah, you and that black hair on your head’ or something like that. I say, ‘Don’t make fun of her hair! His hair is really cool! This is not right for me!’”
Agent Elvis will presumably arrive on Netflix later in 2023.
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