One thing that is clear about Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby is that it will be a visceral delight. A brief glimpse at set photos and one can view the decadent costumes and meticulously detailed production design.
That luminosity is further evident in the first official trailer for The Great Gatsby, which premiered on iTunes Trailers last night. Pause the trailer at any moment and you can glimpse a delicious palette of bright colors and perfectly tailored costumes. One of the big themes in Gatsby is that everything is made to appear swell on the outside, while conflict destroys the characters within. Luhrmann seems to be fully embracing that idea with glimpses of Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby with a distraught facial expression, yet hair and shirt still perfectly coiffed.
Along with Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character Jay Gatsby, Luhrmann’s film also stars Carey Mulligan as Daisy, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan, and Isla Fischer as Myrtle Wilson. Luhrmann’s frequent production partner Catherine Martin returns to design the costumes and the sets and Luhrmann himself directs, produces, and co-wrote the adaptation with Craig Pearce.
My wife is an English teacher currently introducing her students to Fitzgerald’s best known book and she is enthusiastic about the trailer. She found Jack Clayton and Francis Ford Coppola’s 1974 version unsatisfactory and already can see where Luhrmann is improving on the story.
Check out the trailer below and let us know what you think in the comments!
The Great Gatsby will be in theatres in the U.S. on December 25.