Charlotte Hannah
May 23, 2012

‘The Great Gatsby’ Gets the Hollywood Treatment – and it’s in 3D (VIDEO)

The trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby has just been released, and it’s going viral – for good reason. The trailer presents an interpretation of Gatsby that’s far from what you remember from your high school English class.

The film stars Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and the perennially squinty-faced Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby himself.

Those familiar with Luhrmann’s other films, like cult classics Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge!, will recognize his distinctive visual style in the trailer. Bright colours, wild parties, dancing girls, and anachronistic touches are all Luhrmann’s trademarks, and they seem to be out in full force in this trailer.

Traditionalists will not be happy with Luhrmann’s take on Gatsby, just as they were unhappy with his take on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. His style is known for being far from serious or subdued, which may rub some fans of the ‘Great American Novel’ the wrong way. Add in the fact that the film will be presented in 3D and you’ve got a recipe for some serious criticism.

In my opinion, one thing’s for sure: whether this interpretation of Fitzgerald’s classic is accurate or not, it’s going to be (like all of Luhrmann’s films) visually stunning, and worth a watch for that fact alone.

The film is scheduled for release on Christmas, 2012.