The Great Gatsby , Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the celebrated novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, has released a first official trailer, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular bon vivant.
Set in prosperous 1920s America, the film tells the tale of Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), a recent Yale graduate and veteran of WW1 who rents a summer house next door to the reclusive Gatsby, before gradually becoming part of his inner circle, including damaged beauty Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan).
The first trailer abounds with Luhrmann’s trademark visual flair, with Carraway’s new world presented as a whirlwind of extravagant parties, presided over by his enigmatic new neighbour.
Take a look at the new trailer below…[brightcove]1652018575001[/brightcove]
The contemporary soundtrack will be sure to niggle with some, although remembering that this is the man who paired Shakespeare with The Cardigans, it certainly shouldn’t come as a surprise. What can’t be debated is the allure of Luhrmann’s visual style, used here to inject the roaring twenties with a feeling of manic, untamed energy.
Meanwhile, DiCaprio, Maguire and Mulligan all look well cast, the former in particular looking to have nailed Gatsby’s mingled vulnerability and charm. The Great Gatsby will be released in 3D in the UK on 26 December 2012.