August 10, 2010 / 8:08 PM / 8 years ago

Elvis' granddaughter eyes "Mad Max" role

LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Riley Keough, the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, is in talks to nab a role in the fourth installment of the “Mad Max” movies, “Fury Road.”

Cast member Riley Keough poses for photographers as she arrives at the premiere of "The Runaways" in New York City March 17, 2010. REUTERS/Jessica Rinaldi

The franchises’ filmmaker George Miller is back in the writer-director seat. He’s also producing with Doug Mitchell.

The movie’s plot is being kept secret, but things take place a short while after the story detailed in 1985’s “Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome,” the third in the series.

That keeps Mad Max, who was portrayed in the original movie by Mel Gibson in his breakout role, relatively young and allows him to be played by Tom Hardy (“Inception”).

Keough — the daughter of Lisa Marie Presley and musician-actor Danny Keough — will play one of the “Five Wives,” a group of women that Hardy must protect from the bad guys. Zoe Kravitz, Teresa Palmer and Adelaide Clemens are three of other wives.

Charlize Theron and Nicholas Hoult round out the cast.

The movie is eyeing a start date for early next year.

Keough started modeling at age 14 but made her film debut in this year’s “Runaways,” the biopic of 1970s girl rock band. She played Marie Currie, the sister of bandmember Cherie Currie. This year, Keough shot “The Good Doctor” with Orlando Bloom.

She also replaced Olivia Thirlby as Jack in “Jack and Diane,” the indie werewolf romancer with lesbian overtones that also stars Juno Temple and Kylie Minogue.

Editing by Bob Tourtellotte

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