Baz Luhrmann’s long-awaited adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s era-defining 1925 novel The Great Gatsby is due this Christmas, and the first trailer surfaced online today. For anyone who is familiar with Luhrmann’s work (Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge), it should come as no surprise that his take on The Great Gatsby looks like a wildly lavish, operatic and heavily stylised affair, but what may come as a surprise is that he has made it in 3D (although this trailer has no 3D effects). The film reunites the director with his Romeo + Juliet star Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular character Jay Gatsby, a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, with Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, a would-be writer who is new to New York City and narrates proceedings, and Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s love interest Daisy Buchanan. The supporting cast is rounded out by Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan, and newcomers Elizabeth Debicki and Callan MacAuliffe. For a first trailer, this one certainly makes an impression: the epic party scenes look like they live up to Fitzgerald’s descriptions, DiCaprio seems at the top of his game, and Luhrmann’s tendency toward excess seems to be a perfect fit for the world he is recreating and certainly an improvement on Jack Clayton’s dull 1974 effort starring Robert Redford. However, I must say Maguire looks rather bland here, and the soundtrack choices for the trailer — Jay-Z and Kanye West’s ‘No Church in the Wild’; Jack White’s cover of ‘Love is Blindness’ — while both being great tracks, are a little odd for a 1920s piece. While I admire some of Luhrmann’s work, he is one of the rare great directors who has yet to make a great film, so I’m reigning in my excitement until we see more from The Great Gatsby later in the year.
The Great Gatsby now opens in 3D on June 6 in NZ. Check out the first trailer and poster below (via The Playlist).