By Claire Porter
The Great Gatsby is one of the most highly anticipated films of 2013 and is set to show us a darker side of the classic 1920s story. If you haven’t read the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic, or seen any of the previous movie adaptations, here’s everything you need to know before you buy your popcorn!
Leonardo DiCaprio plays the elusive Jay Gatsby (we can’t imagine anyone more perfect), while Carey Mulligan stars as his love interest, Daisy Buchanan. Tobey Maguire takes on the role of Daisy’s cousin Nick Carraway, from whose perspective the story is told, and the film also stars Elizabeth Debicki, who plays Jordan Baker, actor Joel Edgerton, who plays Gatsby’s millionaire love rival Tom Buchanan, and Isla Fisher, who plays Tom’s mistress Myrtle Wilson.
The plot follows Nick Carraway as he moves to Long Island and forms an unexpected friendship with his neighbour, Jay Gatsby, who leads an extremely lavish lifestyle. Their meeting leads to Gatsby recruiting Nick in winning back his old and now married flame, who also happens to be Nick’s cousin, Daisy.
Gatsby has already been adapted for film six times before, but director Baz Luhrmann wasn’t afraid of the challenge to take this classic piece of literature and bring it to life for a 21st century audience – no pressure there at all!
With just one week until the UK release, another sneak peek of the film has been released; how teasing. In the clip we see Mulligan as Daisy on her wedding day, followed by some intimate scenes between her and Gatsby, all backed up by Lana Del Rey’s haunting addition to the soundtrack, Young and Beautiful. Goosebumps.
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Perhaps the only thing as highly anticipated as the film is the soundtrack, produced by the one and only Jay-Z. The amazing tracklist includes songs from will.i.am, The XX, Florence + The Machine, Nero, Emeli Sandé, Lana Del Rey, Jay-Z and a cover version of Amy Winehouse’s Back to Black by Beyoncé and André 3000.
Our final hot Gatsby tip? Look out for the fabulous fashion. The 1920s were known for their extravagant style, decadence, glitz and glamour, and with Miuccia Prada involved in the costume design, we just can’t wait to see those flapper dresses.
The Great Gatsby is released in UK cinemas on May 16th in both 3D and 2D