THE GREAT GATSBY Starts Shooting in 3D with Leonardo DiCaprio; Plus First Official Synopsis

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Director Baz Luhrmann (Australia) started filming his 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby this week in Australia.  This is, of course, not Hollywood’s first attempt to adapt the classic novel—Luhrmann is very aware of that heading into production as he tries to do justice to author F. Scott Fitzgerald:

“Fitzgerald loved the movies and was a passionate believer in the power of cinema. The Great Gatsby has been adapted for the screen no less than four times. Fitzgerald’s story defies time and geography. The vision and the goal of our remarkable cast and creatives is to do justice to the deftness of Fitzgerald’s telling, and illuminate its big ideas and humanity. This is our challenge and our adventure.”

Warner Bros. and Village Roadshow went all out to make Gatsby an event picture: Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, and Tobey Maguire star in the $150 million 3D production, surrounded by the likes of Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Jason Clarke.  Luhrmann is a high risk, high reward filmmaker—I’m already committed to the opening weekend, so I hope the investment pays off in this case.  Read the full press release after the jump.

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“THE GREAT GATSBY” BEGINS PRODUCTION

Shooting underway on new adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, under the direction of Baz Luhrmann

BURBANK, CA, September 6, 2011 — Principal photography began this week on Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ “The Great Gatsby,” the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel from the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann. 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. Leonardo DiCaprio stars 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.

Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (“Blood Diamond,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton and Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) as Tom and Daisy Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.

Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge!”) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Catherine Knapman, Lucy Fisher and Academy Award® winner Douglas Wick (“Gladiator”). The executive producers are Barrie M. Osborne and Bruce Berman.

Two-time Academy Award®-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (“Moulin Rouge!”) also designs with the director. The editors are Jason Ballantine, Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon Duggan.

Luhrmann said, “Fitzgerald loved the movies and was a passionate believer in the power of cinema. “The Great Gatsby” has been adapted for the screen no less than four times. Fitzgerald’s story defies time and geography. The vision and the goal of our remarkable cast and creatives is to do justice to the deftness of Fitzgerald’s telling, and illuminate its big ideas and humanity. This is our challenge and our adventure.”

“The Great Gatsby” is being shot in Luhrmann’s native Australia. The filmmaker stated, “The opportunity to make the film in Australia with the Bazmark creative team is very important to us; the assistance from Screen Australia and the NSW Government has made that possible.”

The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.

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  • Strong Enough

    3-D at going no where. it’s never going to die down. i have never seen a 3D movie before. hell i never seen a movie in iMax. all the same ****

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  • cynic

    Why would they shoot a movie like that in 3D? There is no compelling reason for it. And why would it cost $150 million to make? It isn’t as if it needs any special effects that would drive up the budget, though one supposes that the salaries attached to the various egos involved could inflate it.

    • cshen

      The budget is 150 million not just because of the actors, but think of the sets they are going to have to build. It is based in the 20s in Long Island and New York and they are filming in modern day Australia. Pretty much every set they use will have to be built. 3D is a great choice for this type of film and visiual style of the director. 3D will add soooo much depth. The party scenes will look great in 3-D. That is if it is all done right. I mean pre planed and thought out. If everything is done as it should be then it will be a great movie. 3-D is not just for gimics any more.

  • Ken Affleck

    I don’t understand why it is being filmed in Australia. It is a classic American novel set in the U.S.

  • Sara

    God… that’s so crazy. Who gave the money. Because seriously, someone likes to burn money. That’s madness.. 3D…

    If were Scarllet Johanson body coming in 3D that i would understand… but Carey Mulligan …. I am just kiding. xDDDDD

  • Tarek

    what’s the next ? the Wild Bunch remake in 3D ?

  • Linda

    3D, seriously? Seems strange …. I’m not sure I want to see poor Murial get slammed in 3D

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  • Lkat

    Love and agree with all these comments. I also can’t see Carey Mulligan as Daisy. She was great in An Education, but as a sophisticated, dazzling graceful, classical American beauty? Uhhh….

    I’m so disappointed Michelle Williams didn’t get the part.

    There’s something that doesn’t feel right about Toby McGuire as Nick. For one thing, he’s seems too young. (But maybe he’ll make it work?) Dicaprio could possibly pull off Gatsby being the fabulous actor that he is, but I’ll believe it when I see it.

    I would’ve had sooo much more hope for this movie if Baz wasn’t directing it.

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