In a film that stars Leonardo DiCaprio it is an interesting move for the first promotional poster of Baz Lurhmann’s adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary classic to have Carey Mulligan be the selling point. It is her face that eclipses that of DiCaprio’s, whose adjacent profile is barely existent.
Set to be released on Christmas Day, Lurhmann will attempt to channel the dark allure that the other cinematic adaptations of The Great Gatsby have lacked. It’s definitely a challenge for Lurhmann; his combination of rich visuals and cinematography will surely go to waste outside of the lavish parties in WASPy settings.
DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby, the new-money socialite known for throwing lavish parties that appall the old-money upper-class. Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan, a slice of upper-class crust, who at one time had strong feelings for Gatsby. She has since gone on to marry Tom (Joel Edgarton), an unfaithful husband who has a mistress (Isla Fisher). Tobey Maguire plays the Midwest-born Nick Carraway, the witness (and the story’s narrator) to the events that transpire among the elite-status individuals.