Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” is shaping up to be one of the most intriguing films of the summer. It’s not a sequel, comic book or young adult novel adaptation, isn’t based on a toy line, isn’t a broad comedy and likely holds little appeal for kids and teens.
So what the heck is it doing in summer? After originally scheduling the film for release last December — during the height of award season when it would’ve faced serious competition from a range of adult dramas including “Lincoln,” “Django Unchained” and “Zero Dark Thirty” — Warner Bros. decided to push the release to the summer.
It’s definitely a gamble but as the flashy first TV spot above suggests, the movie looks right in line with Luhrmann’s best film “Moulin Rouge!” and just may be unique enough to stand out in month otherwise filled with “Iron Man 3,” “Star Trek Into Darkness” and “The Hangover Part III.”
Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, Jason Clarke and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki star in the film adapted from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel. “Gatsby” is scheduled for a splashy international debut as the opening night of this year’s Cannes Film Festival, but actually gets released in the U.S. first on May 10.