Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

Director: Jeanie Finlay
Producer: Jeanie Finlay and Dewi Gregory

Orion is the tale of Jimmy Ellis – an unknown singer plucked from obscurity, and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme to reincarnate the King, Elvis Presley.

With a fictional identity torn from the pages of a novel, the backing of the legendary Sun Records and a voice that seemed to be Presley’s twin, the scheme – concocted just after Presley’s death – exploded into a cult success and the “Elvis is alive” myth was born.

Jimmy – as the masked and rhinestoned Orion – gained the success he’d always craved, the women he always desired and the adoration of screaming masses. But in the midst of a growing identity crisis, the deception of living a lie for five years became too much and he self-destructed, ripping off his mask - and tearing up his ticket to fame. Orion revels in the manipulative schemes of the music industry, the truth and lies at the heart of the story and the allure of fantasy.

15+ (exemption)
2015 | 90 minutes | United Kingdom | English