The Great Gatsby reunites the Australian filmmaker with his William Shakespeare's Romeo + Juliet leading man Leonardo DiCaprio, who heads up the cast as the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby. Also featuring in the cast of the $125 million production are Tobey Maguire (Spider-Man), Carey Mulligan (Shame), Isla Fisher (Burke and Hare) and Joel Edgerton (Warrior).
"From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer / producer / director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway [Maguire] as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy [Mulligan], and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan [Edgerton]. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles."
The Great Gatsby is scheduled for release on May 10th, 2013 in North America and May 17th, 2013 in the UK.