Luhrmann, an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer, is best known for the 1997 film “William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet” with Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes and 2001’s “Moulin Rouge!” a “jukebox” musical with Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor.
He shows the same eye for flourishes and detail in “Gatsby,” which also stars DiCaprio with Carey Mulligan. Judging from the new trailer, Luhrmann is out to capture the grandeur, greed and decadence of the period, when the gulf between rich and poor couldn’t be wider.
Oddy, he gives the film a modern twist with a contemporary soundtrack, instead of Jazz Age songs. Jay-Z’s and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” gets an airing on the clip as well as ’60s Turtles song “Happy Together.”
DiCaprio plays the wealthy, mysterious protagonist, Jay Gatsby, and Tobey Maguire plays his house guest, the writer Nick Carraway, who narrates the film. Mulligan is the rich socialite in a dead-end marriage, Daisy Buchanan, and Joel Edgerton is her unlikable old-money husband.
DiCaprio has big shoes to fill. The last time Fitzgerald’s book was set to film in 1974, Robert Redford played Gatsby and Mia Farrow played Daisy. Jack Clayton directed with a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola. The film was criticized for failing to capture the emotions of the Jazz Age.
Luhrmann doesn’t look like he’s going to fall into that trap. His version of Gatsby looks larger than life. Check out the clip below and click here to follow TheImproper on Twitter for all of the latest film and movie updates.