Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow have debuted the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” and boy, does it look swell.
Shot last year in Australia, the $120 million pic features a star-studded cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton and is based on the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Luhrmann, who last teamed with DiCaprio on another literary classic, “Romeo and Juliet” (1996), has a knack for jazzing up the visuals in his films and “Gatsby” appears to be no exception.
Warners also seems to be casting a wide net with the trailer. The 1920's-set footage features two songs from modern-day artists Jay-Z and Jack White, who covers U2's "Love is Blindness."
One of the most popular novels of the 20th Century, Fitzgerald's tale of American excess has spawned a Broadway play and multiple films, including Jack Clayton's 1974 pic starring Robert Redford and scripted by Francis Ford Coppola.
Luhrmann and Craig Pearce adapted the script after the “Moulin Rouge” helmer purchased the rights in 2008.
“The ‘special effect’ in this movie is seeing fine actors in the prime of their acting careers tearing each other apart,” Luhrmann told the New York Times earlier this year.
Produced by Luhrmann, Catherine Martin, Douglas Wick and Lucy Fisher, “The Great Gaysby” opens in 3D and 2D on Christmas Day.