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Apple has premiered the first trailer for The Great Gatsby, the Warner Bros. adaptation that reunites director Baz Luhrmann with his Romeo + Juliet star Leonardo DiCaprio for a new take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic tale of greed, moral decay and the disintegration of the American Dream. If you were expecting to hear Roaring Twenties standards like “Somebody Love Me” and “Sweet Georgia Brown,” however, you may be in for a surprise; what you get instead is “No Church in the Wild” and “Love Is Blindness.”
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 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, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. 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 film, which opens Dec. 25, also stars Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Elizabeth Debicki, Amitabh Bachchan and Jack Thompson.