April 4, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
With a great cast, a classic tale and an incredible director, our excitement for the hotly anticipated 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” has always been high. Over the last few months the excitement has really ramped up, thanks to images and trailers showcasing everything we love about director Baz Luhrmann, but today’s trailer really delivers – and now we can’t wait for it’s premiere at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
Huge fans of Luhrmann, we’re so pleased to see his trademark over-stylised direction, with lush colours that pop off the screen, gorgeous costumes, sweeping cinematography (which we imagine can only help with the 3D aspect), and what sounds like the soundtrack of the year.
The newly released trailer contains much more exposition, giving us backstory for Gatsby and Daisy (played by Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan in what are sure to be awards-worthy performances) and also provides more information on Tom, Daisy’s brutish husband played by Joel Edgerton.
Also starring Tobey Maguire as the narrator Nick Carraway, Callum McAuliffe as a young Gatsby and Isla Fisher as Tom’s lover, Luhrmann’s film will premiere at Cannes on May 15th – but will actually be on wide release in US on May 10th.
Check out the trailer below the cut.
March 12, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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Ever since it was delayed from a Christmas 2012 release to May 2013, speculation has pegged Baz Luhrmann’s splashy 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” to be eyeing the Cannes Film Festival Opening Night slot, and today the festival has made it official.
Luhrmann and his all-star cast – Leonardo Dicaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke – will walk up the famed red carpeted stairs to the Grand Theatre Lumiere and kick off the 2013 festival on May 15th. The film, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic American novel set in the roaring 20s, will screen in the Out of Competition category. “It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival,” said Luhrmann. “We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphaël.”
Luhrmann’s 2001 musical extravaganza “Moulin Rouge” also opened Cannes. This year’s festival runs from May 15th-May 26th and once again, we hope to bring you exclusive coverage straight from the Croisette. The full lineup of films will be announced on April 18th. Meanwhile, “The Great Gatsby” will actually be released in the US theaters five days prior to its big Cannes premiere, on May 10th.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Everything we love about Baz Luhrmann is on full, opulent display in the new trailer for his 3D imagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby.” There’s hyper-stylized 1920s New York (subbed by a soundstage in Australia), gorgeous costumes, anachronistic music and of course, a hard-partying but lovelorn Leonardo Dicaprio at its center.
Along with Carey Mulligan, looking like the perfect Daisy Buchanan and Joel Edgerton as her brutish husband Tom, we also get our first glimpse of Gatbsy’s roots in the form of Aussie up and comer Callan McAuliffe, who plays the rich playboy in his youth. Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, Tobey Maguire, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke also star.
“The Great Gatsby” was originally slated to open next week, but will now open on May 10, 2013, appearing to follow the “Moulin Rouge!” model, which worked out quite well both critically and box office-wise. The new trailer can be viewed below.
December 19, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
After being pushed back by six unexplained months, promo for Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D film “The Great Gatsby” is finally beginning – and to start us off Warners Bros have debuted five new gorgeous character posters.
An adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, “The Great Gatsby” follows narrator Nick Carraway, who is played by Tobey Maguire, during the rip-roaring 1920s.
Carraway rents a house next door to a reclusive millionaire – Jay Gatsby played by Leonardo DiCaprio – who holds extravagent parties but is never seen. Carey Mulligan won the coveted role of Daisy Buchanan, the object of Gatsby’s longing, and Joel Edgerton stars as Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband. Isla Fisher will play Myrtle, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom – and whose death in a car accident sets the stage for the dramatic climax of the story – and Elizabeth Debecki will be Jordan Baker, Daisy’s long-time friend and Nick’s girlfriend.
A visually stunning trailer was released earlier this year, and we called it “a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism.” These posters mirror that magical realism, and also provide quotes from our main characters – giving audiences who haven’t read the book a glimpse into their minds.
“The Great Gatsby” is set for release May 2013.
May 22, 2012 | Posted by Linda Ge
Our first look at one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year has arrived, and as with all of Baz Luhrmann’s films, “The Great Gatsby” is visually striking and stunning. Set in a sort of hyper reality doubling for 1920s New York, the costumes, set pieces and cinematography pop with color and hazy, blurry, glowy hints of magical realism. Carey Mulligan seems wholly transformed, looking and sounding unlike herself but like a quintessential 1920s society girl as Daisy Buchanan, coming face to face with old flame Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo Dicaprio with his usual intensity. Tobey Maguire’s Nick Carraway is present but mostly silent, while only a brief shots of Joel Edgerton’s intimidating and moustached Tom Buchanan is glimpsed.
There’s still a lot of question marks hanging over this film and not all of our fears are quelled, though this trailer certainly confirms that if nothing else, it will be a two hour feast for the eyes. “The Great Gatsby” will be released on Christmas Day, December 25th. Watch the trailer below or in glorious HD over at Apple Trailers.
November 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of iconic 1920s New York classic “The Great Gatsby” has been filming in Australia for over a month now, and today we finally have our first look at leading lady Carey Mulligan on set and in costume as Daisy Buchanan, thanks to Just Jared. Joining her in the new photos and looking all fancied up and dapper are co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, who play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, respectively.
Mulligan won the role of Daisy a full year ago after an extensive search that saw the likes of Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley and Natalie Portman vying for the part. But Luhrmann was enthusiastic that Mulligan was his Daisy, saying: “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan.’” Luhrmann’s impressive – and highly Australian – cast is rounded out by Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, newcomer Elizabeth Debecki as Jordan Baker and Jason Clarke as George Wilson.
“The Great Gatsby” already has a Christmas Day, December 25, 2012 release date. See below for the new images of Mulligan as Daisy, and head to Just Jared for even more.
August 30, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Baz Luhrmann continues his love affair with his native country with the casting of yet another Australian actor in his 3D adaptation of quintessentially New York novel “The Great Gatsby.” Variety reports newcomer Callan McAuliffe has been cast as the younger version of Leonardo DiCaprio’s mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, joining a cast that also includes Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Tobey Maguire.
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Roaring 1920′s set story follows Jay Gatsby and his undying yearning for the girl who got away, Daisy. She promised to wait for him when he went off to war, but ended up marrying the boorish and abusive Tom Buchanan instead. Tom has his own mistress and all their lives intertwine at Gatsy’s fabulous and elaborate parties. McAuliffe will presumably play Gatsby (or rather James Gatz, before he changed his name) in flashback scenes, revealing the millionaire’s humble beginnings and ever present longing for wealth and standing.
Sixteen year old McAuliffe made his American feature debut just last year in Rob Reiner’s “Flipped” and recently starred alongside Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron in alien action flick “I Am Number Four”.
June 27, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Carey Mulligan will be spending an extended period of time Down Under. Already attached to starring as Daisy in “The Great Gatsby” for director Baz Luhrmann, which is filming in Australia through the summer, the British rising star will follow that up with “Outback”, a sci-fi action film helmed by “The Hunger Games” director Gary Ross. Variety broke the news today.
Nissar Modi wrote the screenplay, but aside from being set in the Australian outback and involving some sort of science fiction action element, no further plot details are available. Presumably filming wouldn’t get underway until well into the fall, with Mulligan committed to “Gatsby” and Ross scheduled to shoot “The Hunger Games” through September.
Mulligan garnered an Oscar nomination in 2010 for her starring role in “An Education” and hasn’t slowed down since. She won raves again in Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go”, is starring opposite Ryan Gosling in the currently-winning-raves “Drive” and will next be seen opposite Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s sex addiction drama “Shame.”
May 18, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
Entertainment Weekly sure is on top of First Looks today. No sooner had they given us Jennifer Lawrence in “The Hunger Games”, that a second extreme transformation was unveiled. While Lawrence went brunette and tan to become Katniss Everdeen, Joel Edgerton cleaned up in a suit with carefully coiffed hair and more clean-shaven than we’ve ever seen him to become Tom Buchanan, the abusive husband to Carey Mulligan’s Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s new 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”.
When Mulligan’s casting was announced, it was also accompanied by an official photo taken from her screen test. With filming not commencing for several more months, we presume Edgerton’s photo came from a similar source and may not be a completely finalized look. But as far as we can see, it’s a fitting image of the emotionally abusive Buchanan, who is brutish and has an imposing physicality from being an athlete, but veils his villainy behind controlled sophistication, a demonstration of his wealth.
There have been no photos accompanying the other actors, including Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson and Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. The roaring 1920s F. Scott Fitzgerald tale set in quintessential New York will be shot in Australia instead, with a projected start date in August.
May 17, 2011 | Posted by Linda Ge
The cast of Baz Luhrmann’s new 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” seems to be complete as Deadline reports Australian actor Joel Edgerton has signed on to play Tom Buchanan, the last of the major characters to be cast. Recently, Edgerton tested for the part along with British thesp Luke Evans.
Tom is the boorish husband of the vain and manipulative Daisy, played by Carey Mulligan, who in turn is the object of longing for Leonardo DiCaprio’s reclusive millionaire Jay Gatsby. Tobey Maguire is Nick Carraway, the narrator of the story, and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki is his tennis player love interest, Jordan Baker. Isla Fisher is Myrtle Wilson, a married woman who is having an affair with Tom.
Though he originally offered the role to Ben Affleck, who had to decline due to scheduling conflicts, Luhrmann appears to have no qualms about not getting his first choice for the role, telling Deadline: “In casting Tom one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) ‘one of the most powerful ends that ever played football as New Haven,’ had five star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some.”
Edgerton is a hot commodity in Hollywood following a breakout performance in Aussie drama “Animal Kingdom”, and came close to landing the lead in Tony Gilroy’s “The Bourne Legacy”. He was also sought for “Snow White and the Huntsman”, but took on Kathryn Bigelow’s “Kill Bin Laden” project instead. He has Disney drama/comedy/fantasy (drametasy?) “The Odd Life of Timothy Green” in the can and will next be seen opposite Tom Hardy in MMA drama “Warrior”, out later this year.