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The first official trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton, has arrived online!

For those unfamiliar with the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, the synopsis:

Nick Carraway, a Midwesterner now living on Long Island, finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby. He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.

Take a look at the trailer below, via Apple:

The film will be released on Christmas Day, 2012 in 3D. What are your thoughts on the trailer?

  • Emily Anne

    This looks strange and over the top, but I suppose Fitzgerald wouldn’t be bothered by that…

  • Jason

    That is not The Great Gatsby I remember. Although the 3D makes a little more sense now. 

  • Megan

    Hmm. I was really, really excited about The Great Gatsby coming out especially with Leo playing the one and only Gatsby, and now.. not so much. Based on the trailer I feel like it’s been modernized and lost the whole glamorous trend. I guess I’ll just have to wait until December. 

    • Ashley

      I agree. I don’t think this is an accurate depiction of the Jazz Age at all. This is not The Great Gatsby I envisioned. Redford + Farrow = <3

    • Liderc

      Might have just been the modern music throwing you off, they won’t use that in the actual film. 

      • rdh014

        I agree. Without the modern music the trailer is awesome. 

  • Ericyoder

    I thought the trailer was GREAT!  Having just read The Great Gatsby in AP Lit, I can honestly say that they captured the essence of extravagant parties and over-the-top guests.  I think the modernized feeling comes from the modern music in the trailer, which probably won’t even be in the movie.  I still have confidence that they will do the classic novel justice.

  • Jen

    I really need to read the book before it comes out. All of that went straight over my head, except from the wonderful costumes and Leo looking rather dapper.

  • Liderc

    Leo+Tobey = win.

    Should be interesting. 

  • http://twitter.com/Nick_BD Nick_BD

    One of the best books I’ve ever read but I didn’t like the trailer. Looks to modern for me but I do like Baz Luhrmann so hopefully it’s good.

  • Mad

    I’m really looking forward to this after reading the novel last year.

  • Disqus

    Looks great but..

    • Guest

      youll be busy watching the Hobbit a billion times like me? ;)

  • Maddy323

    I think that the reason it seems so modern is the lighting and the music… The lighting and coloring of the sets was very forward and vibrant, and the song was completely irrelevant to the time period. While I initially thought that this was going to be a direct adaptation of the book, art style and all, it seems the movie is going to be its own entity and very much the vision of the director rather than Fitzgerald. At the beginning of the trailer, I was a bit blindsided and couldn’t get past the modern feel, but towards the end, I grew to respect the direction. While its not the Gatsby most literary junkies envision, like the scene with Gatsby’s shirts, or Dr TJ Ecklebergs eyes on the billboard, it still seems to be a powerful Gatsby at that, and the same themes will get across. All in all… I’m pretty pumped. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/heather.smith07 Heather Smith

    This looks really interesting! While I wasn’t huge on the modern music in the trailer, rewatching on mute Luhrman has captured the era in a really interesting way. It’s a little more sensual, and really savvy. The art direction, and acting looks terrific, and I’m really excited about the shirts scene being kept in, as well as Daisy uttering to Gatsby “you’re so cool”. It’s definitely not what we all imagined, but could be quite interesting. The modern music is a bit of a throw-off, and was probably used to make it seem more relevant to the masses, but overall I’m excited and curious. Could be fantastic, or it could be a disaster. 

  • http://www.facebook.com/iDomi Domi Ed

    I don’t think I have ever read this book.

    …I don’t know how we missed reading that in school.
    The movie looks good though.

    • rdh014

      The book is wonderful! One of my favorites!

  • http://www.facebook.com/TreeKisser Jessica White

    Ooohhh the trailer gave me goosebumps! 
    I’m not sure what to make of this version yet, but I’ll definitely be going to see it!

  • rdh014

    Looks AMAZING. They really are going all out with it artistically. Me gusta. Mucho.

  • Rayeofsunshine

    This is actually the time to make this movie. We’re back to the party life, wishing for Riches

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Joey-Mangum/1820064015 Joey Mangum

    I can’t even come up with anything to say other than

    WTF was with the modern music, and WHY is it in 3D?

  • akacj7

    i had temporarily forgotten baz luhrmann directed this movie and before his card came up in the trailer, i came up with his name anyway. that’s how much this looks like a baz luhrmann film.

  • RussellTurner

    CANT WAIT!!! #OscarBuzz

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Maria-Wang/542480760 Maria Wang

    it better be better than the old one i was forced to watch in English class

  • Chicken

    I have conflicted feelings about this trailer. I don’t mind the modern music with ‘period’ movies, but the party scene looks too over the top. When I think of Gatsby or the 20s, I don’t think of trapeze girls.
    I did like Carey Mulligan as Daisy though, even though I had doubts before. Dicaprio looks a bit greasy.

  • Luigi_barraza

    the productiona values look AMAZING. I smell some Oscar noms.

  • http://twitter.com/NatashaPeartree Natasha Pereira

    wow! looks great!

  • Fwfclare

    Sally Sparrow. Yes.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_72TDYOGTQX5TPTA2B3HV55XCAQ Corin

    This looks like a good roll for Tobey Maguire… something to push him a little.  One of my favorite classic novels.  Not sure I’ll be able to get anyone to see this with me though… I’m the period movie and book-to-movie geek in my family and circle of friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1534802836 Kaley Eidson

    Who’s that playing Jordan? I assume she’s the tall woman with the dark hair.  

    • Joshua Redwine

      that’s newcomer Elizabeth Debicki. 

      But, really, how hard is it to just IMDB the film and check the cast?

  • 7Starrchasers

    I love it!

  • Joshua Redwine

    Sure, Baz Lurhmann crates visually stunning films. Great for him. That works when you’re directing films like Moulin Rouge, where the aesthetics are like 2/3 of the film. But this is the great American novel Lurhmann is working with, and if all he does is make it a superficial and over-commercialized 3D feast for the eyes he will have wasted one of the greatest opportunities of his career. 

    I really hope that this isn’t just another Romeo + Juliet, all style and no substance. Here’s hoping that good actors are enough to make this film feel less flat and over-styled.

    • TexCausingAScene

      I agree with everything you say, except I am really uncertain as to whether or not this cast can pull it off. 

  • http://twitter.com/RachelgurlFL Rachel Gay

    im pretty excited about this it was one of my favorite books we had to read in school

  • xosnowangel

    from the view of someone who’s never read The Great Gatsby, the only thing about this trailer that interested me was Leo

  • Ian Miller

    i think the character’s looked great (the way i imagined them to look)  but i think using modern music in the trailer kind of threw me a little…is it set in the 20′s like in the book?  the people look ver 20′sish, but the music gave the trailer a modern feel….although of love jack white’s cover of U2′s “Love is blindness”!  :D

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