The First Trailer for Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' Adaptation

May 22, 2012
Source: Apple

The Great Gatsby

Australian director Baz Luhrmann has already delivered tragic romance in the form of Moulin Rouge and his contemporary set adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet, but now the filmmaker is telling another classic story in the form of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, in 3D no less. With an amazing main cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, the adaptation already sounded fantastic, but now the first trailer affirms our excitement with a contemporary feel (a Jay-Z and Kanye West song helps) next to the period setting and story that just works. Watch below!

Here's the first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby originally from Apple:

The Great Gatsby is directed by Baz Luhrmann (of Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet previously) from a script he wrote himself with Craig Pearce, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel of the same name. Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and finds himself drawn into his social circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy. Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher and more also star in the film hitting theaters in 3D on December 25th this year.

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  • beevis
    wow.....and wow again. visually striking....great talent....actually, the only thing i did NOT like was the jayz kanye stuff. this is a must-see for me.
    • Xerxexx
       I'm with you man, this does indeed look great. DiCaprico makes it look so easy.
      • beevis
        i was really impressed with how visually amazing it looked.....alnd you're right - DiCaprio does make it look easy.
    • Scopedog
      I can't argue with you on those points, Beevis.  It does look amazing, and the cast is certainly solid, in my book. I love the 1970s adaptation with Redford, Waterson, and Farrow, but I will definitely have to see this one.
      • beevis
        hey!  the redford version is a great movie - 1976 i think.  i'm really impressed with the visuals in this trailer....and, of course, dicaprio looks to give another amazing performance.
    • Agreed to the power of absolutely. 
  • Ryderup
    What's up with the music?
    • Actually, I'm hoping the soundtrack has more contemporary music like A Knight's Tale. It wouldn't be surprising coming from Baz Luhrmann.
      • Ryderup
        Or Moulin Rouge... thought of that too. But did not fit with the trailer.
        • Right, but it's easier and different with a musical. I think modern music could really set the tone for this period story if he does it right.
      • beevis
        by "more contemporary", you mean todays music - i disagree. i don't think that would work at all and the trailer reflects  this.
  • Henry
    Well it certainly looks amazing. With that cast I'll definitely check it out, but I'm no Baz fan.
  • FavJones
    why is jay-z in almost every single trailer now...G.I.Joe,The Gangster Squad,now this....I'm starting to think an undercover deal was made between him and movie studios.....THE TRUTH IS OUT THERE!!!!!!
    • drnknjbbrsh
       I'm guessing it's the NY tie-in. Just thinking out loud here...
  • Fake
    The music in the trailer is horrible... completely takes away from it.
  • c37
    Why do most of the scenes look like they have jizz, glitter or fireworks in the background? Sometimes all three
    • Ryderup
      jizz = sperm?
    • Um, it's a Baz Luhrmann movie?
    • arghh
       The Great Jizz Be.
    • C47
      I love this.....C, you're a funny guy. You're right....This movie looks like jizz. I am laughing at everybody, and their pathetic attempts to say this movie looks anything near, or remotely called "good". Nothing looks real... ...How do you people like a movie that is a talking green screen with a classic story splat on with Cg jizz.
  • Ron
    Amitabh Bachchan is in this??! Dang! Wow!
    • Holy SHIT... I didn't even realize it was him.....
    • John
      • Ron
        Amitabh Bachchan..he is guy speaking to Toby Maguire at the 0:32min mark. He's only the greatest, most famous INDIAN actor alive. Google him! Why so lazy??!
  • Chuck
    I love Baz Luhrmann, but I can't bring myself to watch anything with autotune in the trailer.
  • Simon Duggan looked like he shot the HELL out of this thing. Interesting he is also shooting the 300 prequel.   Speaking of which... I don't know how to feel about this being in 3D... What say you Xerxex?
    • Xerxexx
       Well if its 3-D then I'm ain't supporting the 3-D aspect of it. Other than that I loved this trailer. DiCaprio and McGuire together again makes for great moments.
      • beevis
        agreed. hey! i keep forgetting to ask you this - have you seen "the way"? i was really caught off guard by how much i liked that movie.
        • Xerxexx
          Yes I did. Loved it. Sheen was fantastic, the movie really kept me interested. It didn't browbeat or preach it simply told a good story. I'm dying to do the Camino myself, would be quite a story to tell.
          • beevis
            i'd love to walk the camino too - my GF is a runner and i love hiking so this would be a great trip for us. we're both late 40's and are semi-retired....we may do this at some point! sheen really was fantastic in this......and the scenery in the movie was so wonderful. i didn't think it was "preachy" either - the only thing i kind of wondered about was the son getting caught in a bad storm that the area is supposedly notorious for - but the movie only reflected perfect would have been nice for the movie to show that "bad weather" side of things as well.
          • Xerxexx
            My better half and I are planning as we speak, after this wreck I've decided to take more risks...the Camino sounds like a great adventure. The weather part bothered me as well...but even though that aspect was ignored I still loved the film.
          • beevis
            that's cool you're already thinking about the trip. my GF is a psychologist. she's only working 3 days a week now, but still has patients to consider......but, we definitely want to do the camino for sure!
          • Xerxexx
             The camino will always be there, been there a thousand or so years and its not going anywhere. I'm sure one day you will make it. As for me and my better half, we are considering asking for a trip to France as a wedding gift from friends and relatives instead of a bunch of house warming gifts...might just work.
          • beevis
            in reards to the wedding gift - hells, yea!....sure beats a toaster!!!
          • Xerxexx
  • the cinemas will be packed opening weekend. mark my words.
  • Traveler
    I can't trust Baz. I want to. I just can't. 
  • Guest
    amitabh bacchan deserves a meatier role!!
  • SuicidalOptimist
    I was legitimately obsessed with Moulin Rouge for years after first seeing it in theaters, and the beginning of this trailer in particular reminded me a lot of it. Baz Luhrmann's visual style, the cinematography, intricate set pieces and lush colors of his movies always blow my mind. Not to mention the stroke of genius that was keeping the original, classic wording in Romeo & Juliet. This looks fantastic to me, and I love how it cranked up the drama towards the end. Definitely a must-see in my book. I have to agree with most everybody else here, though, that the first song of the trailer was just terrible. The only thing worse than some shitty auto tuned song would have been the ever so popular dubstep option. Nothing could have been further from the setting of the movie, and I was actually hard pressed not to just say "fuck it" and stop watching. It was really annoying.
    • Isildur_of_Numenor
      LOL, imagine this with dubstep! The music is weak indeed. It looks beautiful and colorful, Baz Luhrmann's strong points. Also, DiCaprio is looking great as expected. To quote Carey Mulligan: "[He] always look[s] so cool." I'm on board.
  • LeoleoOntheWall
    Looks like trash. Its a shame that Leo is spending his time making this film that looks so bad. Ah well. Skip.
  • Anthony
    Great potential with a story and cast like this but hopefully they didnt get reckless with the modern application. It's a classic and should be treated like one. If the music is all gonna be modern it has to be timeless modern, which is not a characteristic I personally see in much of Kanye and jay z's music. If they capture the characters well enough, then I'll be happy
  • Loser
    Looks amazing
  • Mattsride97
    Pass on this.
  • Kevin
    Looks terrible.  Guess I'll never get to see a good film version of my favorite book. 
    • Scopedog
      C'mon, Kevin....what about the adaptation from the 1970s with Redford and Waterson?  Have you seen that one?  It was a pretty damned fine adaptation, at least to me. I'm still going to give this one a look, because I like the cast.  And besides, it might bring about a renewed interest in the book (which is also a favorite of mine as well).
      • LosZombies
         70's version was a damned fine film indeed.
  • ccoltmanm
    I hope it stays clean enough for me to show to my English classes one day.
  • DoomCanoe
    hated the first song and im not really a fan of his films though i do admire his directing. but ill see it.... strictly because of Wear Sunscreen
  • Xerxexx
    I'm in. 
  • Lebowski
    This looks even worse than Australia. Luhrmann couldn't direct his way out of a wet paper bag, let alone direct actors in an adaption of a cutting, nuanced book. Shudder. 
  • Nielsen700
    The director kinda puts me off, but this does look great.
  • drnknjbbrsh
    BL is a great director.  I saw him do his version of La Boheme in LA and it was captivating.  The man really knows how to create feel with color and living sets.  I was not looking forward to this, until I saw this trailer.
  • Terry Craig
    Goddamn, this looks amazing. First I was diconcerted by the jay-z song, but they quickly made it all up with the amazing choice of music that is Jack White's Love is Blindness. And the visuals certainly exceeded my expectations.
  • Dom
    Looks ok, not sure of all the floaty car sequences and the background girls look more interesting than the leads! Its also Leo doing what leo does - suave one minute, angry in your face losing control the next. I'm not sold yet.
  • Clocker910
    I love Moulin Rouge, and at least the beginning of the trailer had a very Moulin Rouge vibe, and this trailer is amazing so I am so totally in. I might just go 3D because Baz is such a stylish director and all his movies look beautiful, So yeah, can't wait. Shaping up to be a very great year for films
  • Ehsan Davodi
    I don't tell baz lohrman is bad director I don't tell Australia was disaster I don't tell Romeo & juliet was medium I don't tell molen rouge was spectacular but a little cold to me But I say F.Scott Fitzgerald is GRANDMASTER No ordinary guy can turn his book to memorable masterpiece cinematic art. Yes Ridly Scott can probably(robin hood not was ultimate) yeah Peter Jackson maybe(lovely bones was not perfect) ohhh Spilberg with doubt either but baz lohrman not be right choise He is visionary director not storyteller Yes we don't have another Victor Feleming Or Gone With Wind but this book and this film deserve very better I wait and see the result and pray that this movie not be those show in this trailer
    • junglejim
      google translate fail
    • Max Renn
      Do I understand what you say...
    • language barrier
       I am really curious..where are you from Ehsan?
      • Ehsan Davodi
        I'm from this world
  • I can't even express how disappointed I am. 
  • Moon
    The Great Gatsby is essentially an impossible movie to make. All the events portrayed in the book are centered around the allure of Daisy and the charisma of Gatsby. They are written as larger than life personas no actor could ever reach. I think Leo might be able to pull it off just with his movie star charisma. Carey Mulligan on the other hand is a wonderful actress but was miscast  in this film.
  • LosZombies
    I got alot of mixed feelings for this flick... Love the visuals, love the cast, and love the book even MORE but that Jay Z and Kanye music in the trailer? why?? I mean, personally I would have gone with the period music/big band feel, but then again, it IS just a trailer...I just hope theres no hip hop in the actual movie, I feel like that would ruin the feel..
  • Solo_Calrissian
    This was one of the first books that I actually liked in highschool.  Huge fan of the Redford Gatsby, and Leo seems perfectly cast.   
  • dgeet
    Jay Gatsby dies
  • Zade_92
    The Glimpse of Jason Clarke in that Iconic scene has me very excited for this film, plus it looks so visually enticing. i really hope this doesnt disapoint, it was my favorite book to read in Highschool
  • guest
    I agree with Moon, Mulligan was miscast and doesn't look to fill daisy with the allure that she should have but I suppose we'll wait and see
  • JC
    This trailer is WAY better in 3D. I was blown away when I saw it today.




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