GATSBY à la Luhrmann

Australian director Baz Luhrmann reinterpreted Romeo and Juliet as a hip, modern story starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes (Romeo + Juliet, 1996), and used modern music to tell a story set in 1899 (Moulin Rouge, 2001). What is he likely to do with The Great Gatsby?

One clue: he is shooting it in 3D. He has also spent millions on buying (not renting) a fleet of classic cars. As Time magazine says of the $125 million production, which began shooting this week in Australia, “So piles of cash, knockout stars, cutting-edge 3D visuals, all to channel a relatively low-key (plot-wise) American classic. What could possibly go wrong?”

The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio, as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Joel Edgerton (currently starring in Warrior) as Tom Buchanan. Luhrman, who has said his influences are Italian opera and Bollywood, has also hired the highly regarded Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan to play Meyer Wolfshein.

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