In March 2023, Netflix and Priscilla Presley, ex-wife of Elvis Presley and current executor of the Presley estate, released the new show Agent Elvis.
After Elvis Presley’s daughter, Lisa Marie Presley, recently passed in January, all executive functions over Elvis Presley’s name, likeness rights, music, and memorabilia— including his home and museum in Memphis, Tennessee— have gone to Lisa Marie’s mother, Priscilla Presley.
As a way to show her love for her late husband and daughter, the executor decided to create an adult animated sitcom featuring all three members of the Elvis family in a quirky and action-packed show. In a hilarious twist, the King of Rock and Roll is a secret agent for an agency that no one knows exists.
Presley and co-writer John Eddie dedicated the first episode to Lisa Marie Presley as there were various skits of Lisa Marie as a baby. The show’s design is inspired by stylist and designer John Varvatos; he will help with all of the costume and clothing design for the show.
The show features a star-studded cast, including Matthew McConaughey (Elvis Presley), Kaitlen Olsen (Cece Ryder), Don Cheadle (The Commander), Johnny Knoxville (Bobby Ray), and, of course, Priscilla Presley as herself. It also features cameos of real-life celebrities, though not voiced by them, like George Clinton, Howard Hughes, Robert Goulet, and Timothy Leary.
The first season is a ten-episode long odyssey that takes the viewers through the life of Elvis Presley as a father, music artist, masked vigilante, and super spy who tackles issues of foreign spies, radioactive materials, and even space.
The adventure that conspires includes many cultural references to the 1950s, ‘60s and ‘70s as the setting takes place in 1968 and 1969 during the Nixon administration. The space race and the summer of love bring a sense of reality to the show; the season even references the chimpanzees sent to space— one of whom acts as Elvis’ sidekick.
Several teasers and trailers were released prior to the show’s run, and after the release a cartoon music video for Elvis’ hit song “Burning Love” was released as another advertisement.
The show is advised for older viewers as it makes reference to sex, drugs, violence, and alcohol. Agent Elvis is currently streaming on Netflix for your viewing pleasure.