New ‘Great Gatsby’ Trailer Is a Musical Affair – Beyoncé Sings Amy Winehouse

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Filmmaking auteur Baz Luhrmann gave classic literature a modern polish when he turned William Shakespeare’s classic love story into the ’90s surrealist pop sensation that was Romeo + Juliet, and now he’s back to take on the work of F. Scott Fitzgerald with The Great Gatsby.  Reuniting with his Romeo, Leonardo DiCaprio (who plays the titular role), Luhrmann’s interpretation of early 20th century New York extravagance has certainly garnered attention for being as much of a visual feast as his other work – this time in a 3D format.

Previous trailers for The Great Gatsby have focused on Luhrmann’s signature aesthetic and the (admittedly impressive) 3D visuals, with only a vague hint about the story of a young man named Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), who comes to NYC and falls in with a group of socialites, including mysterious industrialist, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). As this new trailer further details, trouble starts when Gatsby moves in on Daisy Buchanan (Carrie Mulligan), the wife of brutish blue-blooded socialite, Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton).

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While this latest trailer does detail more of the story, it, too, only scratches the surface of Fitzgerald’s multi-arc, multi-layered novel, which explores wealth, class, love, and ambition as reflected through the prism of the grand American Dream. In stead of all that, this trailer offers some quick flashes of violence, anguish and tension – with a quick appearance from an especially nutty-looking Jason Clarke –  and some new tunes from music superstars like André 3000 of Outkast, Florence + The Machine, Lana Del Rey, and a sure-to-be-scrutinized Beyoncé cover of “Back to Black” by the late Amy Winehouse. Of course, when the man in charge of scoring your film is none other than Jay-Z, the soundtrack is bound to attract some serious attention (…especially for his wife, Beyonce).

The source material is a classic – but hey, lets be honest, it’s also a book with a long tradition of putting high school (and college) students to sleep. Luhrmann has seemingly found a way to make all the drama and social analysis/commentary into pallatable movie entertainment; his all-star cast – which also includes supporting players like Isla Fisher (Wedding Crashers) and Adelaide Clemens (Silent Hill 3D) – is also going to be definite draw for the moviegoing masses.

But will the decision to move Gatsby from a holiday season 2012 slot to an early summer 2013 slot prove to be fruitful?


The Great Gatsby will be in theaters on May 10, 2013.

Source: WB

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  1. I’m excited for this movie, but I also think Baz will try to make it too much about the style and visuals, rather than about the story.

  2. Not gunna lie, I had no interest in seeing this movie until I saw the first trailer and heard the bad*** Flo soundtrack.

  3. The soundtrack of contemporary artists, whom
    I would never listen to, is not music to my ears.

    And it makes me wonder how the glorious music
    of the era could have been incorporated instead.

  4. The soundtrack is going to be outstanding, 3Stacks and Beyonce covering Amy? Florance and Lana Del Rey? With Hov overseeing it? My word

  5. This made want to see this movie even more

  6. … If it gets good review , I will definitely see it

  7. I actually love Baz Buhrmann’s style. “Strictly Ballroom” was an enjoyable little indie film, “Romeo+Juliet” is actually one of my favorite adaptations of the tale. and “Moulin Rouge” was a kaleidoscope of imagination.

    “Australia” however was just a mess with quite a few flaws and my main issue with “Moulin Rougue” was the poor comic relief around every corner.

    As for the book “The Great Gatsby”; I hated it. All it was, was rich white people and their problems. All the character except for Gatsby were deplorable and Gatsby himself was too much of an eccentric to relate to.

    So despite all that, i have to saw these trailers are making this movie look really good. I’m may have to re-read the book after seeing this.

    • i am interested when you read the book, i am only 13 but i read this book as part of a personal quest to read all the classics and i found it truly amazing

  8. I am falling in love with Florence and the Machine. Seriously

  9. I am falling in love with Florence and the Machine.

  10. I am sooo looking forward to this.

  11. Good Book. hopefully the movie does the book justice

  12. Despite my hatred for the book and the film adaptations, I kinda want to see this.

  13. To be honest, I found The Great Gatsby book to be better and much more interesting than most (if not all) books that I’ve been reading in High School. I actually got stuck with reading The Grapes of Wrath instead of this, but luckily I had a copy of my own I was able to read outside of class.

    I definitely need to found out if the song my Florence + the Machine in this trailer is available yet or not. Florence’s music is just too good to resist!

    • i read both The grapes… and the great gatsby. while i loved both i believe Grapes of wrath was much better.

  14. Jay-Z is not scoring the movie! Craig Armstrong is!

  15. Anything Leonardo Dicaprio stars in is good. Hopes he gets nominated for an oscar this time.