The Great Gatsby, an upcoming 2012 romantic drama film, brings one of the world’s most famous novels to the big screen. Originally written in 1925 by F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby became a literary classic during the roaring 20’s, a period of great wealth for the United States. A remake of the 1974 version by the same name, this year’s film will feature the acting talents of Leonardo DiCaprio.
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) graduated from Yale and served in the war, but at the end of his deployment, returns to New York in search of a better life, trying to enter the bond business. Settling into a house near a large mansion owned by the mysterious Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), he begins to develop a taste for luxury. Upon meeting the happy couple of Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and Tom (Joel Edgerton) Buchanan, he believes life might be all it’s cracked up to be here.
But once he begins to delve deeper into the social circle of these people, he soon realizes their life is not what they show to world. Tom, an unfaithful husband, has done nothing but alienate Daisy, while Jay Gatsby begins to show Nick his unethical methods of money-making, such as fixing the World Series. To his dismay, when Nick discovers the true nature of these people, murder, lies, and heartbreak seem to be what lie in the horizon.
Directed by Baz Luhrmann, The Great Gatsby has been recognized by literary critics as one of the best books of the 20th century. Principal filming took place in Sydney, with some scenes being shot this month in New York. Fans of the book are eagerly awaiting its release in the latter stages of the year. With stunning performances by DiCaprio in movies such as Inception and Titanic, we except nothing less from the cunning, dapper man known as Gatsby.