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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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.

beevis on May 22, 2012


 I'm with you man, this does indeed look great. DiCaprico makes it look so easy.

Xerxexx on May 22, 2012


i was really impressed with how visually amazing it looked.....alnd you're right - DiCaprio does make it look easy.

beevis on May 23, 2012


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.

Scopedog on May 23, 2012


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.

beevis on May 23, 2012


Agreed to the power of absolutely. 

Quanah on May 24, 2012


What's up with the music?

Ryderup on May 22, 2012


Actually, I'm hoping the soundtrack has more contemporary music like A Knight's Tale. It wouldn't be surprising coming from Baz Luhrmann.

Ethan Anderton on May 22, 2012


Or Moulin Rouge... thought of that too. But did not fit with the trailer.

Ryderup on May 22, 2012


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.

Ethan Anderton on May 22, 2012


by "more contemporary", you mean todays music - i disagree. i don't think that would work at all and the trailer reflects  this.

beevis on May 23, 2012


Well it certainly looks amazing. With that cast I'll definitely check it out, but I'm no Baz fan.

Henry on May 22, 2012


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!!!!!!

FavJones on May 22, 2012


 I'm guessing it's the NY tie-in. Just thinking out loud here...

drnknjbbrsh on May 23, 2012


The music in the trailer is horrible... completely takes away from it.

Fake on May 22, 2012


Why do most of the scenes look like they have jizz, glitter or fireworks in the background? Sometimes all three

c37 on May 22, 2012


Um, it's a Baz Luhrmann movie?

Ethan Anderton on May 22, 2012


 The Great Jizz Be.

arghh on May 23, 2012


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.

C47 on May 28, 2012


Amitabh Bachchan is in this??! Dang! Wow!

Ron on May 22, 2012


Holy SHIT... I didn't even realize it was him.....

Duane on May 22, 2012



John on May 23, 2012


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??!

Ron on May 23, 2012


I love Baz Luhrmann, but I can't bring myself to watch anything with autotune in the trailer.

Chuck on May 22, 2012


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?

Duane on May 22, 2012


 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.

Xerxexx on May 22, 2012


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.

beevis on May 23, 2012


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.

Xerxexx on May 23, 2012


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.

beevis on May 23, 2012


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.

Xerxexx on May 23, 2012


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!

beevis on May 23, 2012


 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.

Xerxexx on May 23, 2012


in reards to the wedding gift - hells, yea!....sure beats a toaster!!!

beevis on May 24, 2012



Xerxexx on May 24, 2012


the cinemas will be packed opening weekend. mark my words.

Conrad Williams on May 22, 2012


I can't trust Baz. I want to. I just can't. 

Traveler on May 22, 2012


amitabh bacchan deserves a meatier role!!

Guest on May 22, 2012


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.

SuicidalOptimist on May 22, 2012


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.

Isildur_of_Numenor on May 23, 2012


Looks like trash. Its a shame that Leo is spending his time making this film that looks so bad. Ah well. Skip.

LeoleoOntheWall on May 22, 2012


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

Anthony on May 22, 2012


Looks amazing

Loser on May 22, 2012


Pass on this.

Mattsride97 on May 22, 2012


Looks terrible.  Guess I'll never get to see a good film version of my favorite book. 

Kevin on May 22, 2012


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).

Scopedog on May 23, 2012


 70's version was a damned fine film indeed.

LosZombies on May 23, 2012


I hope it stays clean enough for me to show to my English classes one day.

ccoltmanm on May 22, 2012


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

DoomCanoe on May 22, 2012


I'm in. 

Xerxexx on May 22, 2012


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. 

Lebowski on May 22, 2012


The director kinda puts me off, but this does look great.

Nielsen700 on May 22, 2012


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.

drnknjbbrsh on May 23, 2012


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.

Terry Craig on May 23, 2012


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.

Dom on May 23, 2012


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

Clocker910 on May 23, 2012


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

Ehsan Davodi on May 23, 2012


google translate fail

junglejim on May 23, 2012


Do I understand what you say...

Max Renn on May 23, 2012


 I am really curious..where are you from Ehsan?

language barrier on May 23, 2012


I'm from this world

Ehsan Davodi on May 23, 2012


I can't even express how disappointed I am. 

Miguel Angel Portela on May 23, 2012


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.

Moon on May 23, 2012


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..

LosZombies on May 23, 2012


This was one of the first books that I actually liked in highschool.  Huge fan of the Redford Gatsby, and Leo seems perfectly cast.   

Solo_Calrissian on May 23, 2012


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

Zade_92 on May 24, 2012


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

guest on May 25, 2012


This trailer is WAY better in 3D. I was blown away when I saw it today.

JC on Jun 9, 2012

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