Leonardo DiCaprio has touched down in Sydney today to start the four months filming on Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation ‘The Great Gatsby”. As reported he had a quiet exit via the airport wearing a blue hoodie and with his eyes glued to his phone.
This is the first time DiCaprio has worked with Luhrmann since the 1996 film ‘Romeo and Juliet’ the $150 million dollar production which has transformed the Moore Park Studios into Long Island in the summer of 1922. The film which also stars Jason Clarke, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and Elizabeth Debicki is set to start shooting mid-september but looks like there could be some rehearsal time with DiCaprio flying in today.
The Great Gatsby is a novel by the American author F. Scott Fitzgerald. First published in 1925, it is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York City from spring to autumn of 1922.
The novel takes place following the First World War. American society enjoyed prosperity during the “roaring” 1920s as the economy soared. At the same time, Prohibition, the ban on the sale and manufacture of alcohol as mandated by the Eighteenth Amendment, made millionaires out of bootleggers. After its republishing in 1945 and 1953, it quickly found a wide readership and is today widely regarded as a paragon of the Great American Novel, and a literary classic. Modern Library named it the second best novel of the 20th Century.
Luhrmann is a sensational director and plus with a cast like this it looks to me like a great film, accessreel.com will be following the production closely! Fingers crossed we get to go over and check it out..
‘The Great Gatsby’ is due to hit cinemas at the end of 2012 (I’m thinking Boxing Day).