Priscilla, Queen of Desert sequel in the making: Stephan Elliot to bring back original cast

Stephan Elliott, who directed the celebrated cult classic The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of Desert, tells this column that a sequel “is happening” and that the original movie’s stars Terence Stamp, Guy Pearce, and Hugo Weaving are back ‘on board’ 30 years after the film’s initial release.

“I’m not repeating myself, we’ll start the new film in Australia, but by God, we’re going on one helluva journey,” revealed Stephan.

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He added that the original cast is on board and they have got a script that is liked by everybody, but they are still working out the details.

Ever since it played a midnight screening in Un Certain Regard at the 1994 Cannes Film Festival, Priscilla has become a byword for glittering excess.

The film, which is about a transsexual and two drag queens, played by Stamp, Pearce, and Weaving, respectively, who set off from Sydney in an old- school bus the trio dubbed Priscilla to perform to disco golden oldies and ABBA hits in the almost tireless, scorching desert of south of Australia.

Stephan stressed that for years he was resistant to make a follow-up film as he was not sure, and did not want to repeat himself. He started toying around with the idea five years ago, and it took him the death of both his parents and the pandemic to focus his mind.