First Trailer for THE GREAT GATSBY Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan [UPDATED with Poster]

     May 22, 2012


The first trailer for director Baz Luhrmann‘s The Great Gatsby has gone online.  While I’m not the biggest fan of the source material, I do happen to be a fan of Luhrmann’s.  Having this phenomenal cast lined up for the production doesn’t hurt either and this new trailer gives us a glimpse at each of them in turn.  There are no 3D effects on display as of yet, but the first trailer highlights all of the bravura, hyperbole and flair we’ve come to expect from the Moulin Rouge! director.  While I was a little put off by the choice of music for the trailer, I’ve got faith that the soundtrack will be exemplary as always.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke and Isla FisherThe Great Gatsby opens in 3D on December 25th. [Update: We've now added the teaser poster, which you can find after the jump.]

Check out the first trailer from Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby below or click over to Apple to watch in HD:

Official synopsis:

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.




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  • Strong Enough


    i need Matt Goldberg’s opinion on this.

  • KnoxHarrington

    You usd the word ‘nuanced’ to describe Baz Luhrmann’s filmmaking? Have you been watching, his films are anything but ‘nuanced’.

    And this looks to be just what I feared, cheesy and flamboyant – concentrating on the opulence of an era rather than the depth and emotion of the real story of Gatsby’s ill-fated longing – something Baz only seems marginally interested in exploring. Such a shame.

    • Dave Trumbore

      A fair point. The word has been changed to something more appropriate for Luhrmann.

    • John

      Completely agree with your analysis of the trailer.

  • Vick

    Sure you do !!! He is the guy who compared Amitabh Bachchan the legendary indian actor who makes his hollywood debut with this film to regis philbin . Good luck !!

  • t

    I…. have no idea what to think of it.

    the music DID completely shift the whole tone of the trailer. and not in a good way.

    • Carlos A. (Colombia)

      My thoughts exactly… that music shifts the tone completely (of the trailer), and the fact that it’s gonna be in 3D… it kinda makes no sense….

      3D is ok, maybe in an animated feature or in a “robot” movie… but not in this kind of drama….

  • Finn

    Lurid hot mess. Kids in grownup clothes? Looks like another DiCaprio movie to skip.

    • Donovan McLean

      How old do you think these “kids” are?

      • sarah

        Don’t be too harsh on Finn. Leonardo DiCaprio almost ALWAYS looks like he’s playing dressup. The oversized clothing in Shutter Island took me right out of anything he was trying to convey. I am aware that many classic characters are young too, but DiCaprio just grew up funny. He still doesn’t look even remotely like a man, and that is always in the forefront before any character he tries to embody.

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  • Vagittarius

    Looks like 5 kinds of shit!!!
    what a messy trailer, an epic film about nothing, with dialogue straight outa Red Tails.

    • JM26

      LOL …. So your saying that author F. Scott Fitzgerald had horrible writing ? Because all the dialogue I heard was directly from his book ” The Great Gatsby” .

  • Pinkie

    It doesn’t look bad, but is very Luhrmann-y, something that only works when the material is as kitschy as Moulin Rouge! or Romeo+Juliet.

    And 3D, really? Cool, DiCaprio’s eyeballs will be even closer to you!

  • Mary

    I still think Eric Dane should’ve been cast as Jay Gatsby.

  • Christian

    I wish they could have gotten Guy Pearce for Tom

    • phantompope

      fuck it, i’m gonna say it. I LIKE IT!

  • Matt

    Unfortunately this really doesn’t look my speed. I’m not a fan of Baz and I feel like his style might ruin the source material.

    That said, it is probably for the best that this is so different from Redford’s version. Otherwise it would be pretty useless.

    Just hope it’s not as ridiculous as this trailer makes it seem. What’s with this music? I really hope there’s a proper score.

  • AlexHeyNa

    Nope. No. Don’t like the tone they’re going with. Not at all. I hope the contemporary music won’t be in the movie. Then again, knowing Baz Luhrmann, it will be…

  • Alex

    Two things: Firstly, opening with Jay Z and Kanye for this trailer was a mind-numbingly poor choice. And secondly, Mr. Trumbore, you do know that nuance has nothing to do with hyperbole and flare, right?

    • Dave Trumbore

      I do. Now. And since you were kind enough to point it out, I’d like to mention that “flare” has nothing to do with “flair” unless you were trying to set poor Mr. Luhrmann on fire. Hooray! We both learned something today!

  • Nick

    Tobey Maguire is an awful choice for this movie… Yeah I get that he is the classic fish out of water actor… but come on, ugh. He sounds like the fish out of water in the sense that he is from a different time (as in time travel) not a different socio economic environment. I really didnt like what I was getting from his character.

    Dicaprio is going to be perfect, just as he is in just about everything, but the rest of this trailer… ugh. Whoever picked that music for the trailer should be fired immediately.

  • SpySmasher

    This looks dreadful. Daisy looks like a teen idiot, totally unworthy of Gatsby’s adoration. Nick looks like a stupid dork. The music is beyond bad. Looks like a horrible remake of the Redford version. I’ll skip it.

  • Kyle

    Have any of you who are complaining about the music actually seen a movie use the same songs in the actual movie that it does in its trailers? Seriously, it RARELY happens and if you can’t grasp that the studio is just using them to try and get the general population interested in the movie, then I don’t know what you’re even doing on this site.

    • Nick

      First of all, this is not NECESSARILY the case. While often true, it is not ALWAYS true. Second of all, The musical score of trailers OFTEN, though not always, mirrors the score of the movie in style. Lastly, even if the music for this trailer is nothing like that featured in the movie in any way shape or form and it is only here for marketing purposes, it was an AWFUL choice that destroys the tone of the trailer. So what is your point? And what on earth does any of this have to do with belonging on this site?

      Just because you liked the trailer, or have high hopes for the movie, does not make everything bad about this trailer invalid.

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  • mattinacan

    i think it looks good, much more Romeo+Juliet looking which was good, and less Australia looking which was horrifyingly bad.

  • jay

    i like the way it looks but opening the trailer for a period piece with No Church in the Wild(Jay-Z and Kanye) was an odd choice.

  • jack

    looks like shit…it’s been a while since i read the book, but I can’t remember that much of it taking place in the city…also does carey mulligan ever put on any other face but the one where she’s perpetually about to cry? the mtv crowd will eat this up though

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  • Roberto

    Can anybody tell me the songs featured in the trailer please?

    Thank you!

    • Rev. Slappy

      The song at the end is Jack White covering U2′s Love Is Blindness.

  • Mars

    Mulligan is just dreadful, same watery eyed facial expression for everything. Edgerton is awesome, though…he may steal the show.

    • Dre Dre

      Agreed about Edgerton. Anyone who has seen Warrior will agree.

  • Mi

    DiCaprio’s acting like Robert Pattinson, especially in the beginning of the trailer.

  • zseop

    So much hate. The trailer isn’t great, but that doesn’t mean the movie won’t be any good.

  • Shaun

    @ Dave: You’re “not a fan of the source material”?

    It’s only one of the Great American Novels that truly deserves that description. I haven’t watched the trailer yet, but I’ll be amazed if this movie can actually capture the excellence of the book.

    3D effects, in this movie? Ugh. Of course, using contemporary music (is the movie set in the modern day?) is a step in the wrong direction already.

  • fiaro

    at 00:50 shutter island scene! when leonardo dreaming of her wife.

  • Christian

    Oh and why is DiCaprio doing voice over for the trailer. Isn’t MaGuire’s character Nick the narrator of the story. It’s been a little while since I read it, but I feel like most of the story is through Nick’s perspective.

  • Singularity

    Makes me want to go watch the original. And not see this.

  • Beebeedeedop

    Looks like all the key visual themes are there – that short scene with the yellow car in the industrial looking area looks exactly like i imagined it in the book!
    However, i think Mr. Style-Over-Substance is going to strike again.
    P.S. Terrible music choice in this trailer.

  • Zelda

    I actually didnt mind the music too much. They were trying to translate the party aspect of the twenties to the slow minded populis. I like how colorful and gaudy everything looks. It sort of adds a sense of mystic wonder to NY that many films set there often lack. There were a couple scenes that I felt really captured what the book was trying to convey and I have pretty high hopes for this.

  • terry

    What a joke!! The tone of the book looks to be marred with too much technicolor and flaunting 3D.
    This movie will crash and burn like the effing Hindenburg.

  • nigel

    YES…The music in the trailer doesn’t suit the “era” BUT that doesn’t mean the movie will be absolutely shit!

  • NAF

    Leo looks terrible. Yes it was a decadent era, but what drove Gatsby to fake an accent and strive for the fine things his wealth could bring was because of his longing and love for Daisy Buchanan. I don’t really think the casting is the best. But Leo looks like his life style is catching up to him.

  • vxx

    Looks great! Can’t wait to see it.

  • yurine

    it looks interesting. I don’t know how much they will change or add but i will have to see in later trailers

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  • Morgan

    I actually liked the background music it gives it a more heavy drama feel, while in the book i felt everything was pretty laid back. I do think they’re goin to mess up the party scenes though they look to 21st century to me personally. I hope he follows the book. And i hope he makes the ending intense.

  • Roberto

    Can somebody please tell me what does Dicaprio say when he is holding the phone? I cant figure it out.


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