First Official Photos for ‘The Great Gatsby’ Released

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?

, , , , , , , ,

  • This very well could be a mere attempt by the studios to quell the fears of Fitzgerald purists. My wife is an English teacher and this is the one book she is required to teach that she also happens to adore head over heels. I have come to a point where the thought of 3-D doesn’t make me instantly cringe as it used to and I was in the minority in actually appreciating Luhrman’s last film, ‘Australia.’

    I’m excited. That’s basically what I’m trying to say.

  • The Great Gatsby is by far my favorite novel, but unfortunately Baz Luhrman is one of my least favorite directors. That green light was already gone when they announced that he would direct it. Hopefully I’m wrong.

  • Jose

    Leo looks like a grown up Jack Dawson, and I’m not digging the ‘stach on Joel. Makes him look like a dirty porn star.

  • @Alex & @Brandon I was more concerned with pointing out how little these photos actually meant, but I have to say I am looking forward to this one. Even if it fails, at least it’s bound to be an interesting and fabulous failure…which is more than you can say about the turgid 1974 version starring Robert Redford.

    @Jose I also wanted to point out this is maybe the prettiest I’ve seen DiCaprio since ‘Titanic.’ And I TOTALLY agree about Edgerton.

    • I think you’ve just come up with the perfect epitaph for Baz Luhrman’s headstone: “If you’re going to fail, fail fabulously!”

      • That would indeed be perfect…but I think Charles Nelson Reilly is already using that epitaph for his own headstone.

      • That’s true. But his has a lot more a’s and s’s in “fabulous.”

      • I think Baz’s style is prone deliciously to silliness and mockery, but he doesn’t try to hide from it. He embraces it, and if his films do look ridiculous to the extremes, they more than make up for it in thrills and overlooked meticulous design.

        And I just love the two photos. I was a bit curious about how Baz would pass these actors as these characters, but in his flamboyant world, they look just about perfect. DiCaprio looks a hell of a lot more mature than he looks in most of his films. Carey Mulligan looks dainty and juvenile. Loving Joel’s scuz-stache. And Tobey looks… fine. Just as long as he isn’t mumbling, but that might end up working.

  • I am not a big Baz Luhrman fan, i liked Australia for what it was but i think he overall is quite overrated. But yeah looking forward to this movie. Even i agree Leonardo DiCaprio looks so pretty in these pics :)

Privacy Polcy | Contact Us