When it was announced Baz Luhrmann had gotten the go ahead for a $100 million plus version of The Great Gatsby, many thought Warner Bros was insane. But not only is it good Oscar bait and a potential moneyspinner but the studio also realises that as F. Scott Fitzgerald’s book is a classic taught in nearly all US schools, it will keep pulling in cash for years to come. Now the first trailer has arrived, suggested this will be a truly glossy, impressive looking film, full of Luhrmann’s trademark visual panache.
The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles. The film hits cinemas at Christmas.