You always look so cool – the man in the cool, beautiful suits!
Cool and beautiful suits indeed! Warner Brothers has debuted the first trailer (and poster) of Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge, Romeo + Juliet, Strictly Ballroom) highly anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby – and man, it’s a thing of dizzying beauty!
Showcasing the sheen of a brand new Firebird, the hyper-kinetic teaser trailer of Luhrmann’s take on Fitzgerald’s classic, features all the flair we’ve come to expect from the mind of the flamboyant Australian auteur – dazzling imagery, gorgeous sets, exquisite costumes, an eclectic soundtrack (Jack White covering U2), high melodrama, and most significant of all – utterly miserable young and beautiful people.
Whether it’ll stake claim as the first successful adaptation of Fitzgerald’s Great American Novel – said by many to be the greatest novel of the 20th century – or follow the path threaded by the dry Elliot Nugent and Jack Clayton versions – the later featuring Robert Redford – remains to be seen. I will say one thing though – at least it’ll look glorious (and in 3-D to boot)!
Seriously, I’m calling it now – if this thing doesn’t score Oscar nominations for Costumes, Art Direction or Cinematography, it’ll be time for a complete revamp of those technical branches of the Academy. However, seeing that even his last film, the woeful Australia, managed to score a Costume Design nod despite being a total slog, consider this a lock (yes, I realize I’m talking about the dreaded “O” word in May, sue me).
Headed by Leonardo DiCaprio, The Great Gatsby also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki and legendary Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachchan as Meyer Wolfsheim and opens in May 2013.
For the uninitiated… The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway (Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Edgerton). It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.