Watch: Leonardo DiCaprio Stars In Ambitious & Grand New Trailer For 'The Great Gatsby'

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by Rodrigo Perez
December 19, 2012 9:36 PM
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Bumped off its Oscar-worthy December 2012 release date earlier this year, while things appeared rocky for Baz Luhrmann's almost ludicrously ambitious 3D adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" a few months ago ("3D? For drama??" the conventional thought went), with award season expectations lowered, a dazzling new trailer for the film has arrived focusing on the bold spectacle the picture is trying to capture, but also some of the adversaries within. And seeing as Ang Lee has pulled off 3D/drama so spectacularly with "Life Of Pi" maybe doubts aren't so high as they once were.

Or maybe it's just that the jarring, modern pop song-flecked and almost cartoonish first trailer for "The Great Gatsby" didn't land well with online writers who were puzzled by its bold and unsubtle approach (has Luhrmann ever reigned it in though? See the modern cover of The Turtles' “So Happy Together" towards the end). But now that we're all getting accustomed to the grandeur that the Australian filmmaker seems to be aiming for we must admit, this new trailer looks pretty impressive (though Leonardo DiCaprio ostensibly recycling the accent from "J. Edgar" admittedly feels a little odd).

"It's extraordinary. It's completely different to ['Zero Dark Thirty']," actor Jason Clarke enthused to us in an interview recently. "Baz is a complete filmmaker. It's in 3D and I have never seen anything like this in 3D. Fuck, you remember the detail in 'Moulin Rouge!'? " he inquired, as a reference point. "It's not just like boom, boom, boom - the lampshades, everything is coming out."

Here's the official synopis.

"The Great Gatsby" follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan (Joel 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 of 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.

Starring the top shelf cast of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke, Amitabh Bachchan, "The Great Gatsby" opens in select theaters on May 10th, which means by the way, it won't debut at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, which kicks off May 15th.

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33 Comments

  • Andy K | December 25, 2012 3:25 PMReply

    A train wreck on all levels - from garish visual style, to wooden performances, to just not having any damn respect or understanding of the original work of art that was Fitzgerald's novel.

  • Leni | December 20, 2012 11:31 AMReply

    I wish it was coming out now! This looks awesome!!

  • Corvo | December 20, 2012 11:16 AMReply

    Carey Mulligan is gorgeous. I love her.

  • Ray H | December 20, 2012 10:57 AMReply

    This looks insane. Like F. Scott Fitzgerald's Speed Racer. I'm in.

  • El Hanso | December 20, 2012 10:09 AMReply

    I love the book as well and I agree, that Luhrman is taking it in a direction that seems too far off. But aren't you guys a bit harsh on this? Are you actually this stubborn, this narrow-minded, to damn this film an "atrocity", just because it's different than the book and different from what you imagined while reading the book? Sure, Luhrmans approaches to his films have a tendency (euphemism) to be 'style over substance', but his films aren't empty.
    Can't a film try to be different, to be exciting in a way the source material could not or did not want to be? Look at Andrea Arnolds "Wuthering Heights", look at Joe Wrights "Anna Karenina", Lynne Ramseys "We need to talk about Kevin", hell, look at Kubricks friggin' "Shining". Books are books and films are films. And even when you do a literary adaption, you don't have to follow it word by word. Personally, literary adaptations that are too close to its source material bore me. Maybe this film is a stinker (take Jackson's "Lovely Bones" as an example), but let's wait till we see it.

  • AE | December 20, 2012 10:51 AM

    @ El Hanso, I completely agree, and I'd add that it's kind of ridiculous to criticise a depiction of Gatsby's world for being too style over substance, when the whole era, the world Fitzgerald conjured up was 100% style, and no substance. How Luhrman deals with the book's darkness and the fall out, we won't know till we've seen the film, but he's absolutely nailed the razzle dazzle, and it would be great to see a literay classic attract a main stream audience, cause we all have something to learn from Gatsby.

  • leonardodieverexpandingmelonhead | December 20, 2012 8:54 AMReply

    I permanently despise everyone involved in the production of this atrocity. Too bad the world couldn't have ended before pre-production started. Although, this film's existence will make tomorrow a little easier.

  • TORRIE | December 20, 2012 11:49 AM

    haha! oh god, this reeks of bad taste.

  • MJ | December 20, 2012 8:53 AMReply

    Doubts are still just as high, Ang Lee is a film director, Luhrmann is a self-indulgent stylist, delays are a bad sign 99% of the time & Fitzgerald's talent was in his prose not his plotting, something that can't be translated to the screen. Even still entrusting his work with this crew was a crime, tis a shame given how talented the cast is though.

  • CARY | December 20, 2012 8:41 AMReply

    It still can make "international" debut at Cannes.

  • Lou | December 20, 2012 5:55 AMReply

    I have the feeling that it should have been directed by Ang Lee. Directors seem to never choose the right Daisy. Mia Farrow portrayed her like a mad woman and Mulligan like a dumb woman. I love the novel too much to go through this.

  • Liz | December 21, 2012 2:08 PM

    Who's raving about Mulligan's performance? I want you to provide a quote, right here.

  • Lou | December 20, 2012 3:00 PM

    Liz, you are right. I. HAVE. NOT. SEEN. THIS. FILM. But I don't see why raving about Mulligan is a perfectly acceptable statement while you find unacceptable that I find her flat. WTF?

  • Liz | December 20, 2012 2:35 PM

    You see to be missing the point: "but I find her flat in this film." You. Haven't. Seen. This. Film.

  • Lou | December 20, 2012 11:53 AM

    Glass, I like Luhrmann. I loved Strictly Ballroom, which was a small jewel, and I disagree with the majority here: I do like his choice of music for The Great Gatsby. As for Mulligan, Daisy in the book is flighty, superficial, but she is also very seductive and very aware of the power she exerts on men. I find Mulligan too tepid as Daisy. Watch her saying 'Gatsby, what Gatsby?' For heaven's sake, woman, he's Daisy's former lover, you should express surprise, fear, excitement ... Or check the 'I am glad to see you Mr Gatsby' and compare it with Di Caprio saying 'I am certainly glad to see you as well, Miss Daisy'. A good actor can convey multiple feeling just by uttering a few words and by using his body. De Niro's eyes speak. Mulligan was great in An Education but I find her flat in this film. However, I am willing to give her the benefit of the doubt.

  • Glass | December 20, 2012 8:52 AM

    "Mia Farrow portrayed her like a mad woman and Mulligan like a dumb woman" ... Holy shit so you've SEEN this movie already? Full review ASAP plz.

  • Alan | December 20, 2012 5:16 AMReply

    I always thought of the novel as a chamber piece, a sad and melancholic reflection of the futility of attempting to reclaim the past. The garish elements were never primary: it was just the backdrop to the internal struggles of Nick. To focus on those elements to the this extent seems baffling. Also, what the hell is with the character posters? I get that this film needs to make a lot of money, but selling it as a comicbookmovie-style tentpole doesn't strikes me as particularly true to the novelist's intent, either. The line between Luhrmann and co. criticising garishness and indulging in it seems to be an uncomfortably ambiguous one.

  • MJ | December 20, 2012 8:54 AM

    Glass, Fitzgerald wrote about real life, the lifestyles in this particular book might be heightened compared with the majority of people but they were still real, Luhrmman's over the top theatricality doesn't belong.

  • Glass | December 20, 2012 8:49 AM

    I think it's easy to forget how deep the melancholy gets in a Baz Luhrmann movie - thinking especially of Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. He's always known/criticized for his heightened theatrical form, but to me, that sets me up for a grand wallop when things bottom out. You forget how quiet, slow and intense Moulin Rouge begins and ends. We are watching a trailer too - massive budget, and it's sandwiched between Iron Man 3 and Star Trek 2? They better make this thing look like a goddamn action extravaganza if they want to play in the summer league...

  • lisa runnels | December 20, 2012 2:47 AMReply

    LOOKS GREAT !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • UHH...WTF? | December 20, 2012 1:51 AMReply

    UHH...WTF?
    TR8LR SUX

  • COME | December 20, 2012 1:50 AMReply

    The new trailer is thoroughly delightful. Love it. Has to be my most anticipated movie of the summer.

    Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are fantastic. Love them.

    This is going to do Titanic-level box office, folks. The doubters are gonna eat crow.

  • MJ | December 20, 2012 8:55 AM

    Yeah, it'll be lucky if it makes what the Titanic re-release did, a pittance.

  • Glass | December 20, 2012 1:01 AMReply

    HELL. YES. I can't wait.

  • jon | December 20, 2012 1:00 AMReply

    Just look at that effing green light. "Make it GREENER!"

  • jon | December 20, 2012 12:57 AMReply

    This looks like a nightmare worthy of Barton Fink or the like: Celebrated author sells watershed novel to movie studio. Movie studio, blanching at content of said novel, inflates film to absurd "grandiose" proportion to appease MTV/comic book/reality TV-generation. Movie pisses off fans of novel, fares poorly with critics, tanks at box office. Novelist drinks self to death. Thank "God" Fitzgerald is already in the ground and his eyes/synapses were spared.

  • MJ | December 20, 2012 8:56 AM

    I wouldn't blame the studio for the absurd grandiosity, that's Luhrmann to the core.

  • Eva | December 19, 2012 11:49 PMReply

    This looks incredible. Carey Mulligan is beautiful.

  • d | December 19, 2012 11:30 PMReply

    I think this is worse than the first trailer. Agreed that Edgerton looks awesome.

  • Oogle monster | December 19, 2012 10:09 PMReply

    Alright- as the biggest fan of the novel and what is bound to be the biggest fan of the film (even for all its apparent flaws)- I have to voice a bit of concern. WTF is Leo's accent. Seriously. That shit has got to go. But on the flip side, this is the prettiest he's looked in a long time. So giveth and taketh? Also- what's with Mulligan's perpetual sad face? She out-saddens Michelle Williams and that's saying something. Lastly, Joel Edgerton looks like a BOSS... and I hope this launches him into the highest stratosphere or stardom. Come to think of it- dude is a better actor than DiCaprio and I say that as DiCaprio's #1 fan.

  • Finn | December 22, 2012 3:34 PM

    If you where DiCaprio's number 1 fan you would know that he does great accents and that DiCaprio IS the best actor of his generation.

  • Francesca | December 19, 2012 10:04 PMReply

    so this is the "Gatsby for dummies", trailer version. It looks horrid. And I really hope Carey Mulligan's performance would be better than what we saw here.

  • concerned citizen kane | December 19, 2012 9:55 PMReply

    one man's opinion, but this looks like shit.

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