Today's Hot Trailer: The Great Gatsby Starring Leonardo DiCaprio
04.08.13 by Ryan
"Can't you see who this guy is?"
When you're making a movie based on a 1925 novel written by F. Scott Fitzgerald that is usually assigned as homework to high school students, there best way to sell the movie is to focus on Leonardo DiCaprio. That's the focus of the latest trailer for The Great Gatsby, which gets everybody talking about DiCaprio's mysterious and eccentric title character, who falls in love with a married woman (Carey Mulligan). The tragic love story recalls some of DiCaprio's more popular movies, including Titanic and Romeo & Juliet, which was also directed by Baz Luhrmann. When a trailer reveals the story's most climactic moment — albeit one anyone who's read the story already knows — it's clear that the studio believes that DiCaprio will be enough to sell an already known book, which has already been adapted several times.
Check out the official synopsis for The Great Gatsby.
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby follows 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, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (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 of 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.