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Sundance Selects Acquires World Premiere TFF 2015 Doc About Elvis Double

The festival standout, centered around a bizarre true story, nabs a well-deserved release.

Sundance Selects, the AMC-owned sister label of IFC Films and IFC Midnight, has acquired North American rights to Orion: The Man Who Would Be King.

British filmmaker Jeanie Finlay's stranger-than-fiction documentary centers around the infamous Elvis Presley replica Orion, an unknown singer with a voice that was the very twin of the King's. Orion rose to national prominence following Presley's death and quickly became a masked figure shrouded in rumor and mystery, leading one news outlet to proclaim, "If Elvis is alive, he wears a mask and goes by the name Orion."

The film made its world premiere at the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival and will be released theatrically and through VOD on December 4th.

August 16, 1977. All of America was stunned by the news of Elvis Presley's untimely passing. Some went so far as to believe that it couldn't be true. Somehow he had faked his death. For the executives at Sun Records that fantasy became an opportunity in the form of Orion, a mysterious masked performer with the voice of The King. First appearing in 1979, Orion recorded 11 albums and performed live to packed houses and rapturous fans around the nation. But who was the man behind the mask?

In this stranger-than-fiction true story, Jeanie Finlay exposes the incredible life of an unknown singer plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight with the complicity of a manipulative music industry and a public fan base unwilling to let The King go. Resonant in its themes of identity, fate, and the double-edged nature of fame, Orion is a stylish mystery story that finally gives a name — and a face — to a gifted artist who had been unjustly deprived of both.

Watch the trailer below and learn more about this wonderful, weird, and moving film (and its expert helmer) via its official website:

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