Leonardo DiCaprio Parties His Way Through Latest The Great Gatsby Trailer
12.21.12 by Ryan
"Could it all be true?"
Director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby was originally going to be released on December 25th, until Warner Bros. decided to move it from a crowded holiday season to next May. Instead of getting the actual movie, audiences will instead get a brand new trailer, one that adds even more opulence and decadence than the trailer released in May.
The latest trailer does a good job upping the stakes, showing the self-made Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) putting up magnificent airs, including a believable and heroic backstory and lavish parties, all the while hiding his true history. His friend Nick (Tobey Maguire) would love to believe Gatsby, but ultimately warns him that "you can't repeat the past." Gatsby doesn't agree.
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Fans of Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet will be familiar with the eclectic soundtrack and alluring visuals, though apparently Luhrmann is still hard at work on the movie. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the director sneaked into an early test screening of The Great Gatsby in Sherman Oaks, CA, which the audience "applauded when it was over" despite the fact that the movie lacked "quite a bit of CG work."
Warners executives don't seem to be worried. "Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more," said Dan Fellman, Warners' President of Domestic Distribution, at the time of the release date change. "It truly brings [F. Scott] Fitzgerald's American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way."
For now, all audiences have to go on is two trailers, but, so far, the over-opulent splendor of Luhrmann's interpretation of the 1920's Jazz Age have an other-worldly quality, which is, basically, the whole point. The visuals also justify Luhrmann's use of 3-D, which, we admit, seemed like a silly choice when we first heard about it. The latest trailer also does a good job at hinting at the darkness underlying all the wealth of Gatsby's world, even if it does offer a certain spoiler, at least for anyone who didn't have to read Fitzgerald's 1925 novel in school.
Written and directed by Luhrmann and Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge), The Great Gatsby co-stars Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan; Joel Edgerton as Daisy's husband Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher as Buchanan's mistress Myrtle; Callan McAuliffe (I Am Number Four) as a young Gatsby; and Gemma Ward (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides) as Catherine, Myrtle's sister.