Baz Luhrmann’s anticipated revamp of the Great American Novel has a trailer – and it’s got his signature wild look and sound. The soundtrack is coolly unexpected, starting with Jay Z and Kanye West’s “No Church in the Wild” and then U2’s “Love is Blindness.” Taking notes from two of his previous films, “Moulin Rouge” and “Romeo + Juliet,” the scenes from “The Great Gatsby” burst with color and hushed salacious secrets. Maybe Luhrmann and the 20s were made for each other?
Yes, the trailer is gorgeous, but will the drama play in 3-D? On first hearing that Luhrmann would make the Fitzgerald classic in 3-D, we were totally averse… and then rethought that this could possibly bring a new intimacy in film (like Cameron’s reworking of “Titanic”). Our Cinemacon report indicates that Luhrmann shows no sign of pulling back with this one.
“The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, who solidly won our poll on which actor should play Gatsby. His counterparts were more unexpected – the girlish Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, who looks eternally bewildered in the trailer. No way to tell if they all fit their parts yet, but as for aesthetics alone, this trailer is two minutes of big, beautiful glamour. The film premieres December 25, 2012.