Why did Maggie Gyllenhaal leave the Gladys Presley role of Elvis?

It’s time to make your appointment with the king.

The desire for biographical musical drama has arguably increased in recent years and artists like Queen, Motley Crüe, Elton John and others have benefited from it.

The last 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 movie stars Austin Butler (Once upon a time in Hollywood) in the title role, with Tom Hanks playing his manager Col. Tom Parker.

An all-star cast has been assembled for the project, but one of the sensational talents who’s notably missing is Maggie Gyllenhaal. Why did Maggie Gyllenhaal quit Elvis?

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Why did Maggie Gyllenhaal quit Elvis?

Maggie Gyllenhaal was originally cast as Gladys Presley, Elvis’ mother, but diversity reports that she had to drop out due to other filming commitments.

Production halted in March 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In the revival, it is inevitable that some of the cast had other commitments to fulfill and therefore had to give up their roles.

In fact, Maggie Gyllenhaal wasn’t the only one, as Rufus Sewell also had to give up a role in the film; he would play Vernon Presley, Elvis’ father.

Of course, the roles ultimately went to Helen Thomson and Richard Roxburgh, respectively.

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“It’s exciting to bring together some of Australia’s finest actors”

That To express reports that before the film’s release, Baz Luhrmann gushed about the ensemble cast.

“Elvis was surrounded by an extraordinary array of rich people and we are fortunate to be able to bring together a great cast to tell this story,” he said.

“It’s exciting to bring together some of Australia’s best actors from long-term collaborators Moulin Rouge!, Australia and The Great Gatsby like Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham and Kate Mulvany, to exciting new faces like Dacre Montgomery, Helen Thomson, Luke Bracey, Natasha Bassett and many more.”

Thanking those behind the scenes, he added, “With the world as it is right now, our entire company is grateful that we can join forces in this creative endeavor to create employment and opportunities in front of and behind the camera, and for the community at large.”

Move behind the camera

Speaking of which, Maggie Gyllenhaal recently did just that.

Her directorial debut – The Lost Daughter — was released on Netflix in 2021, starring Olivia Colman.

It is based on Elena Ferrante’s 2006 novel of the same name and also stars Dakota Johnson and Jessie Buckley.

Elvis hit theaters on Friday June 24, 2022.

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