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Watch: Heavily Stylized First Trailer For Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ With Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan

Watch: Heavily Stylized First Trailer For Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' With Leonardo DiCaprio & Carey Mulligan

“The Great Gatsby”

When it was announced that Baz Luhrmann would be directing a film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” anyone who knew the Australian director’s work sort of knew what to expect. They might not have guessed that he’d make the whole thing in 3D (which he has), but they knew you’d get something lavish, operatic and heavily styilized, with party scenes that finally lived up to some of Fitzgerald’s descriptions.

But did what they imagined in their mind’s eye look like this? We doubt it. The first trailer for Luhrmann’s opus has just debuted over at Apple, and it looks pretty nutty. You can tell already the extent that Luhrmann’s shot for 3D, and you can tell that this is clearly not going to be set in anything like the real world: it’s reminiscent of “Sucker Punch” more than anything else. Visuals aside, Leonardo DiCaprio looks like he’s got the role he was born to play, and we like what we see of both Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, but we’re not yet sold on Tobey Maguire, who seems bland, even for a reasonably bland character. The film also stars Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan (whose cameo figures more than most of the other cast members) and newcomers Elizabeth Debicki (she’s the one in the Louise Brooks wig who looks like Cate Blanchett & Mia Wasikowska had a baby) and Callan MacAuliffe.

So we’re intrigued, certainly, but far from convinced. What do you think? Has Luhrmann finally gone too far? Or is this a vital, fresh spin on an old classic that’s still yet to have its definitive screen version? Watch the trailer below (along with the first one-sheet from the film), or in HD over at Apple, and let us know. The music, by the way, starts with Jay-Z & Kanye West‘s “No Church In The Wild” off the “Watch The Throne” album, before segueing into Jack White‘s “Love is Blindness.”

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Baz shouldn't go so far. Over the top at best when it could have been far more subtle. And the amount of money spent in it was crazy, over budget, overtime and over produced. Lay off the cocaine Baz..


At 0:56 he's acting like Robert Pattinson in Eclipse.


Wait, the beginning part is not taken from The Great Gatsby…. those are (altered) lines from My Lost City. I don't mind it though… that short story is what convinced me to study Fitzgerald in college. I recommend reading through The Crack Up. Also, this movie looks fantastic and I think Lurhmann's touch will be perfect… you can't hate a guy for having a distinctive, flamboyant way about him… and he's so much better than 90% of the filmmakers working today. I for one welcome this sort of adaptation!


This film looks idiotic — there is nobody more overrated than Baz Luhrmann. This book was made to be turned into a great film and any idiotic could probably make it so, but Baz Lurhmann has still managaed to come up short. How do you direct such a piece of stinking fi;th with this cast and with this author as inspiration — oh, I know, introduce your own overblown ego and smug perspective to the party and let the cameras roll — any true fan of this novel should be outraged at this garbage.


Love Leonardo, LOVE Carey – but this looks like it's going to be an overproduced piece of crap. I'll hold my complete judgement until it comes out but…….based on the Trailer – I'm not hopeful


Got to admit that this looks like something is holding it back. Maybe Baz wasn't the right director to do the project. But something just doesn't fit right to me. maybe it was the music or not the right tone.


not a big fan of modern day music in period set movies. completely takes me out of the vibe and I cant get sucked into the story. Imagine how much different the "Artist" would have turned out if Skrillex did the soundtrack. *just threw up in my mouth a litttle


I actually think this looks great. I feel like Fitzgerald was always trying to show the excess of that era and Baz is certainly the one who can display that excessiveness. I know some have their doubts about Tobey being Nick, but Nick's character was, I feel, just a vessel used to tell the story. Besides Maguire does a great bland man, allowing his fellow actors to shine (see Cider House Rules and, well, anything else he's ever been in.) I also think the music choices for the trailer are stylish and fun, and as Isla Fisher mentioned in an interview, Baz loves Jay-Z and would blast the music during filming. Overall, I'm very excited.


Gatsby is not about the spectacle. Hollywood doesn't bother to read the books it adapts. I don't think they even read the box for Battleship. Baz makes eye candy for morons.


The music is a huge turn-off. But it doesn't look bad.


and this insinuation that all "great" novels need definitive versions is so problematic


Luhrmann's emptily indulgent spectacularization of this novel is nothing more than a pile of sparkling garbage


This a vital, fresh spin on an old classic that's still yet to have its definitive screen version

Dr. T. J. Eckleburg

Baz Luhrmann must die!


So Ready! And, though I'm not really attracted to him, Leo is looking pretty good


Baz Luhrmann directs with a sledgehammer. This guy has no subtlety, if it hit him on the head. A movie adaptation of " The Great Gatsby " has to have a " less is more " directing style . This film looks atrocious.


What on earth did I just watch??? So I mean I know he did Moulin Rouge and loves anachronistic music and stuff, but Holy Crap, this is the defining novel of the Jazz Age and he's scoring it with Jay-Z? WTF? And I'm going to assume when Carey Mulligan says Gatsby is "always so cool" she means cool as in calm and of a fairly low temperature, not cool in the modern sense, because the anachronism there would be too awful to contemplate. You just know they put it in the trailer because it sounds "cool," though, and you can bet most audiences will take it in the modern sense.


Looks AWFUL. I'll stick with the 70's Redford version written by Coppola

I'm Sold

Looks a hell of a lot more better & interesting than any of the other half dozen or so Gatsby adaptations. Plus, it looks like a film that is actually going to embrace 3D!

I'm there.


Thickly commercially visualized, not qutie suitable for gang of talented actors.


Luhrman should make commercials. Every breath you take is the last. Editing your ether. Is there a story? Really? Paul Greengrass and Baz Luhrman: the two most overrated film directors in the world.


Needs more Isla Fisher


ffffffffuuuuuuuuuuuu I can't wait. Baz is kind of a litmus test for me – if you can't see the value in his movies for what they're worth, then I don't mess with yall (to paraphrase Krispy Kreme).


anyone else go, ewwwwwww?

Kindred Spirit

Looks like an Oscar winner to me! Also, Leo is looking beautiful… no homo.


"The role he was born to play"? He's nothing like the Gatsby I pictured when reading the book.


Trying hard not to laugh tbh. Looks to be in the same vein as Dark Shadows.

Charles Hood

Don't call it Jack White's "Love Is Blindness." He didn't write the song!!!! It's a U2 cover.


This looks like style will overshadow everything else.


"Serious cinephiles" hate Lurhmann… it's annoying. I think the trailer looks fantastic and everyone seems on point, even Tobey M. It's interesting that Lurhmann shows Gatsby and Daisy having sex when Fitzgerald never actually gets into the details rather implies it. Anyway, I think this film will do well… box office and awards season wise only because it's my most anticipated film of 2012 right after TDKR. Keep doing your thing Baz.


Looks like a Baz Luhrmann film


This kinda looks horrible. And I like Luhrmann.


oh, that music at start….the horror….the horror


"Tobey Maguire, who sems bland, even for a reasonably bland character."

Right…because you can totally tell that from about a eight seconds of screen time.

Oogle monster

I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR THIS ALL YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The poster is awful, the trailer is EPIC!


Well, looks like a Baz Luhrmann movie alright… I expect Edgerton will be the standout. DiCaprio and Mulligan seem their usual selves. I'm really not sure Tobey Maguire should be narrating this.


Awful! Awful! Awful! I had high hopes for this.

Katie Walsh

This looks over the top, insane and FUCKING INCREDIBLE.

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