This year’s list of Oscar hopefuls just got shorter as Baz Luhrmann’s version of The Great Gatsby moves from the crowded holiday season to the summer of 2013.
Written by F. Scott Fitzgerald in 1925 and widely considered one America’s finest literary works, The Great Gatsby follows the high society exploits of mysterious tycoon Jay Gatsby as he pursues an old flame across Prohibition-era Long Island.
Luhrmann’s film, the fifth version of Gatsby since 1926, will offer his signature flair for bold, effects-heavy visuals and contemporary scores set against historic backdrops. The movie stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby along with key players Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton.
Though, no reason was given for the move, it is widely assumed that the film’s marketing folks wanted to avoid direct competition with other big holiday titles like Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, also starring DiCaprio, and Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.