Here at Set In Motion, we love our books.  We also love our television shows (only the good, or the very, very trashy of course), and our movies.  Conveniently, Baz Luhrmann has catered to two of our favourite things with the upcoming release of The Great Gatsby.  Bring on the 1920s baby!

For a quick refresh for all those poor souls who have never had the pleasure of reading F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic, let me paint the scene for you.  Beautiful flapper dresses, kick-arse parties, an elusive, yet dashingly handsome and popular (aren’t they always?) character to hero worship, and the always present “oh-no-everything-has-turned-to-shit” story arch.

Set in New York during this infamous time, it’s after World War One so everyone is keen to party…only the Prohibition is also going on…so everyone is keen to party.  The narrator of our story, Nick Carraway, moves next door to the mysterious Gatsby, who invites him to all his elaborate parties…so he can eventually be re-acquianted with Nick’s cousins Daisy (who is now married…awks).

OK.  So there’s a lot more to it, and the truth of the matter is, it’s one of those books you really need to read to understand the importance it has.

Or…you could be lazy and check out the 2012 film that is coming out!  Starring Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the cast couldn’t be more spot on.  Plus, probably because of director Baz Luhrmann’s influence, some Australian faces will be in the mix with Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher playing Tom Buchanan and Myrtle Wilson respectively.

While it isn’t set for release until Christmas (seriously…are they holding ALL the big blockbusters until then?), I think it’s fair to say we can get a bit excited for it now.  After all, this is kinda Baz’s forte down to a tee (remember Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! Ahhh).

Check out the trailer below and let me know what you think.  Going to be a hit or miss?  Or just excited to see Tobey Maguire in a film again?  Let me know!