Buz Luhrmann Reveals There’s a Four-Hour Version of His “Elvis” Biopic

Austin Butler in
Austin Butler in "Elvis"

Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis biopic is 159 minutes long, and if that doesn’t feel like enough – we’ve got some good news for you! The Australian director revealed there’s a four-hour version of the movie that includes many scenes that we won’t get to see when this movie hits the theatres in a few days.

Luhrmann discussed the upcoming biopic in an interview with Radio Times and revealed that he had to cut down many extra scenes due to time constraints.

“I would have liked to lean into some of the other things more – there’s so much more… There just comes a point where you can’t have everything in, so I just tried to track the spirit of the character,” explained Luhrmann.

Some of the scenes we won’t get to see in the 2:39 version are Elvis’ famous meeting with President Richard Nixon, details of his romance with his first girlfriend Dixie, and the depth of his relationship with his band before Colonel Tom Parker decided to get rid of them.

Elvis stars Austin Butler as the King of Rock’n’Roll, with Tom Hanks, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Olivia DeJonge, Luke Bracey, and more joining him in supporting roles. The film had its world premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival and it’s set to hit the theatres on June 24.