Official Trailer for ‘The Great Gatsby’ is Luscious and Luhrmanny

The Great Gatsby (2012) Leonardo DiCaprio
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.

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  • As long as they don’t start singing, I’ll probably like it. This is my favorite book so I’m not expecting the movie to surpass it. My only hope is that the movie inspires more people to read the book.

  • Not quiet sure about how i feel, it looks stunning and all but i have never been a fan of Baz Luhrmann. No one will agree but i think Moulin Rouge and Romeo+Juliet are very overrated! i don’t like his odd filmmaking.

    • I completely agree with you on Baz Luhrmann. I can’t take either of those movies seriously. Moulin Rouge! has a few good moments. Romeo + Juliet was ridiculous from beginning to end. You’re right though, we’re the minority on this topic.

      • I’m also the minority for thinking that Luhrmann’s ‘Australia’ was one of the most underrated films of the past several years. I adore the man and just about everything he touches, no matter how overproduced it is.

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