Matthew McConaughey stars as Elvis in exciting new Netflix trailer
Following Baz Luhrmann’s Oscar-nominated Elvis film comes an adult animated series on Netflix from Sony Pictures Animation. The new show called Agent Elvis is “an irreverent action comedy starring Matthew McConaughey as Elvis Presley and follows Elvis as he lives a double life as a secret agent.”
Agent Elvis, which has its first trailer today, is presumably inspired by The King’s real-life love of law enforcement and desire to be an agent of sorts, having collected several honorary police badges through over the years. When he met President Richard Nixon at the White House in 1970, as shown in the sneak peek, the singer even applied for a federal agent’s 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 a co-creator and executive producer of 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, the King’s 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 he’s like, ‘Yeah, you and that black hair on your head’ or something like that. I say, ‘Don’t make fun of his hair! His hair is really cool! This is not right for me!’”
Agent Elvis arrives on Netflix in March.
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