The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann: I’m always drawn to tragic romance

Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire and costume designer Catherine Martin join Luhrmann to discuss The Great Gatsby in a new featurette

Baz Luhrmann, the director behind Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge! as well as much-anticipated forthcoming release The Great Gatsby, has said that he is always drawn to “tragic romance”.

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Speaking about his F Scott Fitzgerald adaptation, the director said “everybody has their version of The Great Gatsby in their mind”, before adding: “The thing about Gatsby is it’s such a modern story. It has passion, violence and love.”

Luhrmann shared his thoughts on his upcoming feature film, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fisher, in a new featurette. The video is made up of comments from two of the film’s stars – Tobey Maguire and Carey Muligan – as well as Luhrmann and the film’s production and costume designer Catherine Martin, alongside footage from the movie and new behind-the-scenes clips.

Set in New York City, The Great Gatsby tells the story of a group of hedonistic young acquaintances navigating the extravagant parties and loose morals of the roaring twenties. The story follows Nick Carraway, who moves in next door to the mysterious Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and is drawn into his world.

Mulligan, who stars as Daisy Buchanan, love interest of the enigmatic Gatsby, said: “You just get sucked into the world so easily.” Maguire, who plays Nick, said: “It’s such a spectacle… The world is so lush and yet so intimate that you feel like you’re eavesdropping on these people’s lives.”

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The Great Gatsby is released in UK cinemas on 16 May.