The Great Gatsby Australian Premiere
Sydney was weeping last Wednesday when the Australian Premiere of The Great Gatsby hit the town without the main star Leonardo DiCaprio. After doing red carpets in New York and Cannes for Gatsby he decided not to come to the final event of the Gatsby promotional tour. The rest of the cast was happy to be back in Sydney where it all started, especially as the red carpet was held where they filmed for 5 months in 2011, Fox Studios Australia.
The soggy red carpet was swarmed with umbrella’s and the stars were very hesitant to get rid of them for the photos at the media wall. From the main cast, the following stars made the long trip to Sydney: Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway), Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan), Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan), Elizabeth Debicki (Jordan Baker) and director Baz Luhrmann together with his wife and Gatsby producer/costume designer Catherine Martin.
Baz Luhrmann, back in his hometown, was as nice as always to the fans and the media, joking that he has been taking the rain with him. Joel Edgerton brought his stunning girlfriend Alexis Blake along on the red carpet posing together and separately for the photographers. Elizabeth Debicki is getting great reviews of her portrayal of Jordan Baker in Gatsby and will be rubbing shoulders with more A-list actors soon.
A lot of local celebs walked the rainy red carpet as well, including Tasman Palazzi, who plays a young Jay Gatsby in the movie, and Jack Thompson (Dr. Walter Perkins). Other stars included the Voice’s Delta Goodrem, Joel Madden (and Team Joel Madden: Danny Ross, Kiyomi Vella, Michael Paynter and Michael Stangel), Home and Away’s Dan Ewing, Lincoln Younes and Demi Harman, Danielle Spencer, Gracie Otto, Alice Burdeu, Rhiannon Fish and Reece Martin and quite a few more.
Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth Debicki, Baz Luhrmann and Catherine Martin
The Great Gatsby follows Fitzgerald-like, would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz and bootleg kings. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super-rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
Academy Award® nominee DiCaprio (Blood Diamond, Aviator) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton and Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan (An Education) as Tom and Daisy Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.
Oscar® nominee Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge!) directs the film in 3D from a screenplay co-written with frequent collaborator Craig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald’s book. Luhrmann produces, along with Catherine Martin, Catherine Knapman, Lucy Fisher and Academy Award® winner Douglas Wick (Gladiator). The executive producers are Academy Award® winner Barrie M. Osborne (Lord of the Rings – Return of the King) and Bruce Berman.
Two-time Academy Award®-winning production and costume designer Catherine Martin (“Moulin Rouge!”) also designs with the director. The editors are Jason Ballantine, Matt Villa and Jonathan Redmond, and the director of photography is Simon Duggan.
The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
The Great Gatsby opens in Australia on May 30
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