“The Great Gatsby” Coming in December; Don “Dick Whitman” Draper Would Be Proud

The 7th recognized film translation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby, is scheduled to be released on December 25, 2012 (INNNNN THREEEEEE-DDDDDDDDD; why?).  The Great Gatsby is an American romantic drama film directed by Baz Luhrmann (director of William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge), and will star Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway (the original novel’s narrator).  Check out the trailer after the break.

The title character and subject of the story, Jay Gatsby (born James Gatz), is a Ivy League-educated, World War I veteran who has become an archetype of self-made American men seeking to join high society.  Nowadays, the name has become synonymous with successful businessmen with shady pasts in the US, which in Gatsby’s case was his dealings with prohibition.  DiCaprio now joins the ranks of the six prior actors to portray the titular character from the novel, whose roster includes: Warner Baxter (1926), Alan Ladd (1949), Robert Redford (1974), Toby Stevens (2000), Richard T. Jones (2002, in G), and most recently the Korean adaptation with Kang Kyeong-joon (2007).

I’m very interested to see this take of this book, which is one of my personal favorites.  I’m even more-so interested in how director Baz Luhrmann’s vision will play out in regards to the film, but I’m also a little apprehensive because even though I LOVE William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet, I did NOT care for either Australia nor Moulin Rouge! (which may have been because of the music selection, though I enjoy musicals; oh well…).  Even with that said, I can’t wait for this movie, as well as finding out more in the future about DiCaprio’s involvement in the movie about Atari.

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