Warner Bros. Studios have given devout lovers of American Literature plenty to bellyache over the past year or so. Fans of The Great Gatsby – you know, the book our high school English teachers required us all to read – have predictably been acting out in bouts of righteous anger in light of relentlessly outrageous developments in the upcoming film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s seminal masterpiece. From the addition of Moulin Rouge helmer Baz Luhrmann to the announcement that the movie would be shot in 3D, for many it began to feel like a quintessential adaptation of the Great American Novel was but a pipe dream.
But just today Warner Bros. released its first two production stills from the new Gatsby, which is being released on Christmas Day next year. One photo shows four of its stars – Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), Daisy (Carey Mulligan), Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) and Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton) – sharing the frame and donning their most dapper of twenties party attire. The second simply shows a presumably distressed Daisy, nestled gently in Gatsby’s embrace. We’ve included the photos in this article (courtesy of The Playlist).
So the photos of this much-scrutinized production are out. At long last, what conclusions can be made a year before the move’s set to come out?
In all honesty, not a whole lot can be said. Neither still is particularly revealing, and little about what these relatively conservative photos actually show hint at any of the audacity we’d come to expect from a Baz Luhrman film. While the wide-eyed moviegoer in me still relishes the idea of a glitzy, star-studded adaptation of his all-time favorite literary work, the cynic in me cannot help but write off these highly publicized stills as the attempt to reassure a skeptical audience that their beloved novel is in safe hands.
Realizing how many words I’ve just dedicated to saying these stills add relatively little to any conversation on this adaptation, I should probably leave it at that.
So what are your thoughts on these newly released stills for the new Gatsby adaptation? Do you still believe in that green light at the end of the pier, or do you fear Luhrmann will manage to extinguish it?