The Great Gatsby promo posterBaz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is one of the year’s most highly anticipated projects, and needless to say, with a release scheduled for Christmas Day in the US, it’s all but a lock to be a strong contender at the Academy Awards early next year.

We just got a new image from the film earlier, and now the first trailer has made its online debut tonight over at Apple, giving a great idea of what we can expect from the film in the holiday season at the end of the year.

The ever-brilliant Leonardo DiCaprio stars as the eponymous Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire playing the novel’s narrator, Nick Carraway; Carey Mulligan the female lead, Daisy Buchanan; alongside Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Jason Clarke, and Elizabeth Debicki.

“From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role. “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.”

Luhrmann has penned the script with frequent past collaborator Craig Pearce (Moulin Rouge!, Romeo + Juliet), and though there will no doubt be some sceptics who’d suggest that Fitzgerald’s original novel – considered by more than a few to be one of the best of all time – shouldn’t be adapted, this trailer will hopefully quell any fears you may have, because with an all-star cast such as it has, and with a talented director behind the camera, we’re sure for one of the finest films of the year as it comes to a close.

The Great Gatsby will be released in 3D on Christmas Day in the US and Boxing Day here in the UK, so be sure to clear your calendars and enjoy it as it deserves to be seen, on the big screen. Here’s the first trailer for your viewing pleasure; take a little trip to Jazz Age America. Enjoy.

The Great Gatsby promo poster