Why Did Maggie Gyllenhaal Quit Her Role as Gladys Presley in Elvis?

It’s time to book your appointment with the King. There has certainly been a greater thirst for biographical music dramas in recent years and the likes of Queen, Motley Crue, Elton John, and beyond have profited.

The latest to get the treatment is the one and only Elvis Presley, the King of Rock and Roll himself. Directed by Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge), the picture stars Austin Butler (Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) as the eponymous character with Tom Hanks playing his manager, Col. Tom Parker.

An all-star cast has been recruited for the film but one of the exceptional talents glaringly absent is Maggie Gyllenhaal. Puzzling some spectators who were aware she had been already cast, why did Maggie Gyllenhaal opt-out of Elvis?

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Why Did Maggie Gyllenhaal Drop Out of Elvis?

Maggie Gyllenhaal was previously slated as Gladys Presley, Elvis’ mother, but Variety reports that she had to step out owing to other production commitments. Production halted in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 epidemic. Upon resuming, it’s inevitable that some of the cast members may have had other responsibilities to attend to, hence having to give up their positions.

Why Did Maggie Gyllenhaal Quit Her Role as Gladys Presley in Elvis?

In reality, Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn’t the only one, as Rufus Sewell also had to give up a role in the movie, he was set to play Vernon Presley, Elvis father. Of course, the roles finally went to Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh, respectively.

‘It’s Exciting to Unite Australia’s Finest Actors’

The Express reports that Baz Luhrmann was enthused about the ensemble cast before the film’s debut. “Elvis was surrounded by an unbelievable assortment of fascinating individuals, and we are incredibly lucky to gather together a fantastic ensemble to tell this story,” he stated.

“It’s exciting to join some of Australia’s finest actors, from old collaborators from Moulin Rouge!, Australia and The Great Gatsby-like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, and Kate Mulvany, to intriguing new faces such as Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more.”

Extending his gratitude to those behind the scenes, he added: “With the world as it is right now, our entire firm is grateful that we can come together in this creative initiative to bring employment and opportunity in front of and behind the camera, and to the community at large.”

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That is exactly what Maggie Gyllenhaal did not too long ago. The Lost Daughter, her first movie as a director, came out on Netflix in 2021 with Olivia Colman in the main role. It’s based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel of the same name and also stars Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley.

Elvis premiered in theaters on Friday, June 24th, 2022. For more such updates do follow us only on Lee Daily

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