Elvis Director Reveals a 4-Hour Cut of the Film Exists

Following the release of Elvis, we may see a campaign for #ReleaseTheLuhrmannCut. The Australian director recently sat down with RadioTimes.com, confirming a four-hour cut of the film exists. “I mean, I have a four-hour version, actually,” he said, “I do. But you have to bring it down to 2 hours 30.”

We don’t know the exact scenes that aren’t making their way to the movie. However, Luhrmann gave some hints as to what didn’t make the final version of the film. “I would have liked to lean into some of the other things more – there’s so much more. I mean, there’s lots of stuff that I shot like the relationship with the band, I had to pare [that] down – and it’s so interesting how the Colonel [Tom Parker, played by Tom Hanks] gets rid of them.” The director continued, “The relationship with his first girlfriend, Dixie, you know. And later on how … once he’s caught in a trap, and he’s discombobulated and doesn’t understand … someone who’s got such a hole in his heart like Elvis constantly looking and searching for love and finding it on stage but nowhere else.”

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Luhrmann revealed the iconic meeting between Elvis and President Richard Nixon was initially included in the film before he decided to pull it. “You know, the addiction to barbiturates and all of that, like what happens is he starts doing wackadoo things – like going down to see Nixon. I had it in there for a while but there just comes a point where you can’t have everything in, so I just tried to track the spirit of the character.”

Elvis will be Luhrmann’s first time returning to the director’s chair for a feature film since 2013 when he helmed the Oscar-winning The Great Gatsby. Since then, he’s worked on a few short-film projects, as well as episodes of the Netflix series, The Get Down.

Austin Butler Portrays the King of Rock in Theaters This Week

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Austin Butler is accepting the challenge of playing one of the most iconic musicians of all time, and audiences are eager to see his portrayal when Elvis releases this Friday. The actor has appeared in major Hollywood films before, playing Tex Watson, a member of the Manson Family, in Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood. However, Elvis will be Butler’s most significant role to date.

The film will follow the musician’s life through his complicated relationship with Tom Parker, spanning 20 years from his childhood through his rise to fame. The official synopsis for the film reads:

From his childhood in Tupelo, Mississippi to his rise to stardom starting in Memphis, Tennessee and his conquering of Las Vegas, Nevada, Elvis Presley becomes the first rock ‘n roll star and changes the world with his music.

Elvis stars Tom Hanks alongside Butler, with Olivia DeJonge, Helen Thomson, Richard Roxburgh, Kelvin Harrison Jr, and David Wenham joining the cast. The film releases in theaters this Friday, June 24th.