Late last week, Leonardo DiCaprio made his first appearance on the Rozelle Power Station set where filming is currently taking place in Sydney. DiCaprio was snapped in full costume as Jay Gatsby. On 28 October 2011, The Courier Mail/Daily Telegraphreported the following article revealing more information about the shoot:
Leonardo DiCaprio is looking in Great form on the Gatsby movie set in Sydney
The Courier Mail/Daily Telegraph, 28 October 2011
Leonardo DiCaprio made his much-anticipated first appearance on the Sydney set of The Great Gatsby yesterday - complete with period three-piece suit and trim straw hat. The star, who plays mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby, strolled the White Bay set with co-star Tobey Maguire, rehearsing lines, before hopping into a vintage yellow convertible to film a scene behind the wheel. While Leo had been conspicuous by his absence earlier this week, he was on deck all day yesterday as filming went into full swing in the shadows of the Anzac Bridge. DiCaprio's stylish figure - a sharp contrast to the grimy surrounds - had him looking every part the Hollywood leading man.
It comes after The Daily Telegraph provided the exclusive first look inside the Baz Luhrmann-directed film that has seen the slums of New York and some of Hollywood's finest actors converge on a forgotten patch of Sydney's inner west, armed with a bulging production budget of $88 million. Built on the grounds of Rozelle's abandoned White Bay power station, which has been recreated to resemble a barren wasteland on the fringes of 1920's New York, The Great Gatsby is expected to inject more than $120 million into the NSW economy over the four-month shoot. A total of 1300 people will work on the film, which is being shot in 3D, including 275 full-time crew and 150 in post-production. While much of the movie will be shot inside the lots at Fox Studios, the main set that remains unseen is the mansion of Leo's millionaire character.
But Leonardo DiCaprio - in costume as his character Jay Gatsby - appeared on the reconstructed version of a rundown 1920s Long Island town in Sydney's inner
west yesterday. DiCaprio cut a stylish figure in the slummy fictional village called Valley Of The Ashes, looking every part the leading man in the Baz Luhrmann-directed film. He and co-star Tobey Maguire wandered around the set and rehearsed lines while their body-doubles were used to get the lighting and camera angles perfect before they stepped into a yellow vintage car to lock down the scene. DiCaprio donned a period suit and a trim straw hat, which was a hit-style of the times, to film the scene in the car being towed by a film-truck. By his side was Maguire, who plays the perceptive narrator and character Nick Carraway who sees through the shallowness and deceptiveness of a man he can't help but like.
Meanwhile, other media sources have also been capturing lots of images from The Great Gatsby set. Just Jared has posted several photos of Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher in character on set, as well as shots of Baz Luhrmann providing direction. Also, Caught On Set has captured several on set photos of Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton in character. With Gatsby mania in full swing.
A couple of weeks ago, The Daily Telegraph reported the following article about young Australian actor, Callan McAuliffe, who has been cast as the young Jay Gatsby. It will probably be some time before we see McAuliffe on set, as he obviously won't be appearing beside DiCaprio. McAuliffe said "he'd pretty much be finished his principal photography by the time I take up my part."
Looking like Leo gets Callan great role
The Daily Telegraph, 16 October 2011
It's easy to see why Callan McAuliffe shares a lead role with Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio in the Great Gatsby. With his piercing gaze, cool demeanour and "boyish" good looks, the 16-year-old is a dead ringer for a young Leonardo, who shot to fame in the movie What's Eating Gilbert Grape. Playing a young Jay Gatsby, the Sydney-born teen will feature in a series of flashback scenes when he begins filming at Fox Studios next month for the Baz Luhrmann film. But his time on set with Leonardo is already over.
"I did rehearsals a couple of months ago with Leo and everyone and I haven't been back since then," the LA-based actor said. "But I think I've met him for the last time on this film now because he'd pretty much be finished his principal photography by the time I take up my part, and it would be a bit of a paradox if I was going on set with him."
McAuliffe, whose acting break came after he joined a talent agency to earn money to buy a pet dog, has also been cast in action flick Paradise Lost alongside Bradley Cooper, which will be filmed in Australia later this year. The roles are a big step from small parts in Cloudstreet and US action flick I Am Number Four. "Australia's not really notorious for making big budget, expensive projects full of famous people so it's going to be fun to be involved in something like that, particularly Paradise Lost and Gatsby," McAuliffe said. He will be donning blue contact lenses and a blonde mop for his role.
Photographers have been busy this week snapping photos from the set of The Great Gatsby. The Daily Mail has posted several images, while The Daily Telegraph has posted a photo gallery featuring 28 shots of the new set that has been built at the abandoned Rozelle Power Station in Sydney. Some photos feature Tobey Maguire, who plays Nick Carraway, and Joel Edgerton, who plays Tom Buchanan, and of course Baz Luhrmann. The photos also showcase the magnificent set, which includes three houses, train cars and 1920s vehicles. The Daily Telegraph has posted a video from the set, which is narrated by Sydney Confidential:
While The Daily Telegraph snapped the above photo of Tobey Maguire in full costume as Nick Carraway, on 25 October, The Huffington Post snapped the above photo of Isla Fisher in full costume as Myrtle Wilson.
Also, according to the IMDb, Gemma Ward will indeed play Myrtle Wilson's sister, Catherine, which has been rumoured ever since Ward's initial casting back in August 2011. There are no pictures of Ward in costume yet, and The Sydney Morning Heraldhas reported, "It is not known if the natural-honey blonde will be required to cut and dye her hair to resemble Catherine's 'solid, sticky bob of red hair,' to match her 'complexion powdered milky white,' as Fitzgerald penned in the early 1920s."
New city slum created for The Great Gatsby in Sydney is magnificent
The Daily Telegraph, 26 October 2011
THE slums of New York and Hollywood's finest have found their way to Sydney's inner-west - and the result is more work for locals. In a major day of filming of The Great Gatsby yesterday, cast and crew worked through the rain on an elaborate set built on the grounds of Rozelle's abandoned White Bay power station, which has been recreated to resemble a barren wasteland on the fringes of 1920's New York. The backdrop - realised through the sketches of production designer Catherine Martin, the wife of director Baz Luhrmann - has come out of the film's $88 million production budget. It's a setting Great Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald called Valley of the Ashes in his 1925 literary classic. In his novel he described the Valley of the Ashes as a "a fantastic farm where ashes grow like wheat into ridges and hills and grotesque gardens". It's also the place where Isla Fisher's character, Myrtle Wilson, is killed .... It's understood the Rozelle set will only be standing for about a week before being torn down. While most of the movie is being shot inside the lots at Fox Studios, the main set that is yet to be seen is the mansion of mysterious millionaire, Jay Gatsby, played by Leonardo DiCaprio.
While she was in L.A. recently, Collider got the opportunity to speak with Mulligan about her current and upcoming projects, how outrageously lucky she feels about working with such incredible talent, in front of and behind the camera, how extraordinary it is to be in a Baz Luhrmann film, [and] her audition with Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio...
What’s it like to take on such a classic American story that is as iconic as The Great Gatsby? What is it about Daisy that you are most looking forward to playing?
MULLIGAN: It’s so scary! She’s such a good character. She’s so much fun to play. She’s just whipped cream. She’s light and fluffy with no substance, and she knows it, and that’s her tragedy. It’s fun. I’ve not played anyone like her, and I wanted to be in a Baz Luhrmann film. It’s just extraordinary. He’s so amazing at what he does. He makes the most incredible films.
How is it to work with Leonardo DiCaprio?
MULLIGAN: Leonardo is the most incredible actor, on the planet, with a couple of people alongside him. Getting to act with him is just [amazing]. I walked away from my audition for that and I couldn’t believe that I’d been acting with him. I’ve worked with amazing people, but my friends freak out that I’m working with him. I freak out in a geeky acting way. They freak out in a starstruck way. He’s Leonardo DiCaprio, and his fame is so big. That’s a complete tangent about that.
But, at the audition, we had been acting out these scenes together. We did 15 takes of one scene. He didn’t really have much dialogue as Gatsby, and the camera was never on him, but he played three other characters. He’d say a line as Gatsby, and then he’d jump up and play Tom Buchanan. We were doing the scene with the cameras over my shoulder, and he was lighting a cigarette for me and looking at me. It was all me, and he didn’t have any words, and he was improvising stuff to say, just to help me. I was like, “Leonardo DiCaprio doesn’t need to be helping me in this audition.” He was auditioning girls all day. I was so blown away by how generous he was, let alone being amazing to act with. It’s a crazy film to be in.
Visitors to this website will know that I am a huge fan of Australian artist, Vincent Fantauzzo. I particularly appreciated his multi media installation, The Creek, 1977, which was in partnership with Baz Luhrmann. The work was first revealed at the Hong Kong International Art Fair in May 2010I am very pleased to announce that this installation will be exhibited at the Sofitel Melbourne on Collins from 1 November 2011 to 25 November 2011, with an opening night on 9 November 2011 from 6-8pm. Unfortunately.
It has been announced by Warner Brothers that Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will be released on Christmas Day, 2012. Strangely, 25 December 2012 is the same date that another Leonardo DiCaprio film, Django Unchained, is set to open. The Hollywood Reporter has pointed out that "It's unusual to have two films starring the same actor launching on the same date, but since Dec. 25, 2012, is more than a year away, the Christmas Day calendar could change."
Big B nervous, apprehensive about 'The Great Gatsby' shoot
IBN Live, 14 October 2011
New Delhi: Bollywood megastar Amitabh Bachchan has flown down to Sydney to shoot for his first Hollywood project, Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby', and says he is nervous and apprehensive. The 69-year-old actor has joined the cast of the USD 120 million film along with Hollywood stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. "The shoot for 'The Great Gatsby' for Baz Luhrmann! Butterflies as large and as huge as the Transformers monsters in the film that I breezed through on the flight. Apprehensions, as fearful as the raging thunder and lightening storm that broke over the Mumbai skyline just prior to my departure last night..." Bachchan wrote on his blog. The actor who will join the starcast on the sets after a few days of preparation, also wrote that he feels like a beginner once again in front of the Hollywood stars. "A few days of preparation before the actual shoot and then on to the floor among stars Leonardo di Caprio, Tobey Maguire and several others. A stranger among the giants of the International movie world, I feel as though I am starting off all over again," he said.
Tiffany & Co. To Create Jewelry For 'Great Gatsby'
The Hollywood Reporter, 13 October 2011
The jeweler announced that it will design one-of-a-kind pieces for Baz Luhrmann’s film starring Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio
When it comes to Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, all that glitters is Tiffany & Co. The New York-based jeweler announced that it inked a deal with Warner Bros. Pictures and Bazmark (Luhrmann's production company) to be the fine jeweler for the hotly anticipated 3D film. The retelling of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 literary classic, starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan (reprising the roles played by Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in 1974), will showcase spectacular platinum-set diamonds and endless strands of pearls to complement the Jazz Age drop-waist dresses and pinstriped three-piece suits by costume designer Catherine Martin. The two-time Academy Award winning costumer designer (2001's Moulin Rouge!), was drawn to the jeweler because F. Scott Fitzgerald himself was a Tiffany & Co. customer and Louis Comfort Tiffany, the brand's first design director, ran with the Long Island social circles portrayed in the story.
In addition to jewels, WWD reports that Tiffany & Co. will supply china, sterling flatware and other home accessories for the interior of Jay Gatsby's lavish Long Island estate. "The Tiffany & Co. archives have proven to be an invaluable resource in looking back at this Golden Era of affluence and fine jewelry," says Martin. "We have both created and recreated pieces that we hope will do justice to this extraordinary novel." DiCaprio and Mulligan recently started shooting the 3D film along with Tobey Maguire and Isla Fisher in Australia. It won't hit theaters until 2012, but 1920s-inspired styles are already heating up as seen on the spring/summer 2012 runways at Marc Jacobs, Ralph Lauren and Alberta Ferretti’s Philosophy.
Leo DiCaprio is a regular legend, says Joel Edgerton
The Daily Telegraph, 28 September 2011
Joel Edgerton has finally given an insight into the world's most talked-about movie - describing Baz Luhrmann's 3D reboot of The Great Gatsby as "spectacular". Edgerton, who walked the red carpet at Monday night's premiere of The Hunter, also lifted the lid on what it's like to work with Hollywood's biggest star, Leonardo DiCaprio, describing the publicity-shy actor as "just a normal guy". "He's great, I love him," Edgerton, who plays carousing jock Tom Buchanan in Gatsby, said. "I think he is fantastic ... Not that I expected anything otherwise but he is an incredibly level headed, down-to-earth regular guy who happens to be a great actor and one of the biggest movie stars on earth. There are obviously the trappings that go with that but there's never ever any real indication that he buys into that legend - he's just really cool and chilled out."
On the Gatsby set for a month - and scheduled to shoot at Fox Studios until Christmas - Edgerton added he'd been struck by the film's lavish sets. He said: "It is really spectacular. It's poetry. Really divine. I walked on set the other day and just looked at this stuff and I was getting involved just looking at it, you know? Even scenes I wasn't involved with. That's what that period is and I think it's what the whole thing really needs - that elegance that Baz and Catherine Martin bring when they get together.And the cast they have assembled is amazing. I think it's a great book and I think they will make a really great movie."
A one-time Sydneysider now based in LA, Edgerton said he'd become the cast's unofficial tour guide."Which is weird because I haven't actually spent much time here lately. But the guys kind of come to me and say, 'Where should we go? What should we do?' And I'm like, 'Um, OK. Let's go here ... I guess'."
Joel Edgerton nervous about 3-D Gatsby
STV.tv, 26 September 2011
Joel Edgerton is "nervous" about being seen in 3-D in 'The Great Gatsby'. The 37-year-old actor - who is taking on the part of Tom Buchanan in the highly-anticipated Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation - thinks the reasons why it is being shot in 3-D have been well thought out, but is worried about the audience seeing him up-close and personal.
He said: "I know that Baz is someone that doesn't make choices flippantly. His reasoning and his thoughts and feelings behind bringing the world of 'Gatsby' into 3-D is very interesting and I think it's very well thought through. I think it's going to be fascinating. He's got a definite clear vision. When you get behind a guy like Baz, he's someone that you're happy to march along with. I'm excited, but I'm nervous for all the people out there who are going to have to look at my face in 3-D."
Exclusive: Joel Edgerton Talks ... The Great Gatsby
Collider.com, 25 September 2011
... What’s it like to take on a story as iconic as The Great Gatsby? How do you prepare for a role like that?
EDGERTON: Well, that’s a slightly different frame to work from. I did A Streetcar Named Desire on stage, a couple years ago. That is such a loved American play, and Gatsby is such a loved American book. You’re working from literature and you’re trying to avoid any visual representation that’s come before. Whereas with The Thing, we were trying to create a similar aesthetic and achieve that same look and feeling. Whenever you’re trying to do your own take on a classic piece of literature, it’s almost like you’re trying to swim up your own stream, or drive down your own path. Gatsby is all in the words. For starters, it’s an incredible honor to be a part of that film with that cast and with (writer/director) Baz Luhrmann, and it’s such a privilege to play that character. It’s got a real electricity to it. It has that feeling of stepping into a project where you get to bring literature to life, in a slightly different way. It’s a different kind of electricity than when you get to enter a world of film that’s already been established.
Is it still the classic story that people know and love, or will it also have some changes that surprise people?
EDGERTON: Wow, that’s interesting. Personally, I think when you’re dealing with a book like Gatsby, it’s so iconic and it’s great because of what it is, so I don’t think you need to re-invent it. You just find the inspiration within each page and bring it to life, as best you can. It’s not Gatsby in space, or Gatsby re-invented. It will have its own edge and world that’s envisaged through Baz’s eyes. The other interesting thing about bringing a play or a book to life is that it’s been read by people before and every single person has pictured each of those characters in their own way, and each of those houses, the streets that they drive down, and the cars that they’re driving down those streets in. They’ve all been imagined a million slightly different ways, by a million different people. This is one group getting together to bring their vision to life, with one person at the helm. But, I certainly think it will be far from a disappointing vision.