Oscilloscope Laboratories acquired Eugene Jarecki’s documentary The King ahead of its Sundance Film Festival debut this year, and now the film that takes a journey in Elvis Presley’s actual 1963 Rolls-Royce to take the pulse of America has a trailer. The pic, which discovers some hard truths, takes viewers on a road trip through the heartland (along with passengers including everyone from Alec Baldwin and Chuck D to Rosanne Cash, Van Jones, David Simon, Ethan Hawke and Emmylou Harris) opens June 22 in New York then the next week in Los Angeles ahead of a national rollout.
The logline for what becomes a cautionary tale: Forty years after the death of Elvis Presley, two-time Sundance Grand Jury winner Eugene Jarecki takes the King’s 1963 Rolls-Royce on a musical road trip across America. From Memphis to New York, Las Vegas, and beyond, the journey traces the rise and fall of Elvis as a metaphor for the country he left behind. In this groundbreaking film, Jarecki paints a visionary portrait of the state of the American dream and a penetrating look at how the hell we got here.
Jarecki (Why We Fight, The Trials of Henry Kissinger, Freakonomics, The House I Live In) wrote and directed the music-filled pic. It was produced by Christopher St. John and David Kuhn and executive produced by Steven Soderbergh, Barbara Biemann, Errol Morris and Cash.
Check out the trailer above and the poster here: