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'Great Gatsby' trailer: Jazz Age excess with a hip-hop flourish

May 23, 2012 | 10:31 am

The Great Gatsby
This post has been corrected. See the note at the bottom for details.

The first trailer for Baz Luhrmann's star-studded adaptation of "The Great Gatsby" has been released, and it features many of the Australian filmmaker's hallmarks, including spectacular visuals (the film will be in 3-D), modern music in an anachronistic setting and a lead performance by Leonardo DiCaprio.

The trailer opens with a voice-over setting the scene ("New York, 1922") and a Jay-Z and Kanye West song setting the mood ("No Church in the Wild," from the duo's "Watch the Throne" album). The Roaring '20s are in full swing, with flappers in sparkling dresses and gents in sharp tuxedos spilling champagne and dancing under falling confetti.

A quick montage of people asking about DiCaprio's mysterious title character sets up one of the story's central questions: Who is Jay Gatsby? Among those who want to know are Tobey Maguire, playing Nick Carraway (the book's narrator); and Carey Mulligan, playing Gatsby's star-crossed love interest Daisy Buchanan.

Other actors glimpsed in the trailer include Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan as the shady businessman Meyer Wolfsheim, Australian actor Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan (Daisy's husband) and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker (Nick's love interest).

Luhrmann's eye for visual flair seems well-suited to the gilded glamour of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and fans of the book will recognize a few landmarks, including Gatsby's well-manicured lawn, a "valley of ashes" and an ophthalmologist's billboard.

View the full trailer below.

For the record, 10:30 p.m. May 23: A previous version of this post referred to Tom Buchanan as Daisy's wife instead of Daisy's husband, and described the voice over as being by DiCaprio. It is by Maguire.  

 

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Photo: Tobey Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton in "The Great Gatsby." Credit: Warner Bros.


Tobey Maguire, Marc Webb and others in Hollywood remember 'Spider-Man' producer Laura Ziskin

June 14, 2011 |  7:00 am

Spider Man When disagreements between some of Hollywood's most powerful people began to roil plans for a fourth "Spider-Man" movie several years ago, some in the entertainment industry advised filmmakers to walk away.

But Laura Ziskin, the franchise's producer and primary creative force, decided to push forward. Even though it soon became clear the movie would have to be made without its star (Tobey Maguire) and director (Sam Raimi) -– losses that would usually be considered deal-busters -- Ziskin took the then-unconventional route of starting over with a new director and lead actor.

The result, "The Amazing Spider-Man," is set to be one of the major releases of next summer, with a pair of hot commodities, director Marc Webb and actor Andrew Garfield.

"She loved a challenge, and she had a direct style that allowed no ...," Lauren Shuler Donner, a longtime friend and fellow top Hollywood producer, told 24 Frames. "She would just deal with the issues in a solution-oriented manner."

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Tobey Maguire's career direction? It's a tangled web

January 12, 2010 |  6:13 pm

Maguire There's been a lot of speculation about who might replace Tobey Maguire as the new Spider-Man (Joseph Gordon-Levitt seems like a no-brainer). But almost as interesting is what happens to the man who's been playing him.

After all, Sam Raimi will go back to, one can assume (read: hope), the horror/suspense movies of earlier in his career (the rightly lauded "A Simple Plan" and the underrated "The Gift," to name two). (At least we're hoping he does; it's likely he takes on the bigger-budget video-game adaptation "Warcraft" first.) But Maguire poses a trickier question.

He's been associated with -- and in some ways tethered to -- the "Spider-Man" franchise for nearly a decade, and the scrapping of the superhero character opens up a new vein of possibility. The actor recently wrapped production on a dark comedy called "The Details." And of course he can be seen this awards season in the (tepidly reviewed) war movie "Brothers." With his "Spider-Man" days over, does he continue in a more specialized direction or go back to the blockbuster?

There's certainly no shortage of big vehicles he can sign on for. A while back, Sony was working on a sci-fi effects-fest called "Worlds," based on the art-heavy bestselling book by Alec Gillis, that was being developed with Maguire in mind. And there have been rumors of the sci-fi epic "Robotech" and the Guillermo del Toro-directed "The Hobbit." Both would create Spidey-level fandom -- but, also, Spidey-level time commitments ... and not offer nearly as much character nuance.

Several development experts say this is a chance for Maguire to move in a more dramatic direction. One project that's starting to get momentum: "The Limit," the story of rival Grand Prix race-car drivers, which is being developed by Sony and Maguire's own production banner, and also has a nearly completed script. He can also take aim at awards with the civil-rights drama "The Crusaders," which would pair him with hot writer Danny Strong ("Recount") as well as the Oscar-nominated Gary Ross.

The actor has also been ramping up his own Maguire Entertainment, which has such movies as the Nicolas Cage thriller "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps" in production.  In fact, there are plenty of active development projects at his production company. But Maguire has a bit of a DiCaprio-esque reputation: signing on to produce a lot of films as potential starring vehicles but in the end opting not to play in them, So the problem may not be finding the vehicles. It's deciding whether he wants to drive them.

 [Corrected, 4 p.m.: A previous version of this post reported that "The Hungry Rabbit Jumps" was about to start shooting; it is already in production.]

-- Steven Zeitchik

Photo: Tobey Maguire. Credit: Jay L. Clendenin / Los Angeles Times

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