Baz Luhrmann’s Adaptation Of ‘The Great Gatsby’ Uses Jay-Z For Inspiration


Aussie film director, Baz Luhrmann, is known for being interesting. The man who brought us Leonardo DiCaprio and Claire Danes in the adaptation of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, has been at it again with F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. We did hear late last year that he had signed on Leo DiCaprio again, along with Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer, and now we are hearing that shooting has finished and it is set for release at the end of this year. Given that it is Baz Luhrmann, and he did the post modern interpretation of Moulin Rouge, we know that his new film adaptation isn’t going to be totally conventional. Watch Isla Fisher talking to MTV about what it was like working with Baz.. When you think of F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay-Z totally comes to mind, right?

Surprisingly, not a lot of people know who Baz Luhrmann is. But, what you mention Leo DiCaprio’s version of Romeo and Juliet, or Moulin Rouge with Nicole Kidman, most people will smile and nod. We haven’t heard a lot about his new film, the adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but one thing is for sure, we can assume it will be interesting, and an adaptation in the true sense of the word.

Isla Fisher, one of the film’s stars, revealed that Baz used unique techniques during filming of the movie. One of those, was to actually pump Jay-Z’s music into their ears while they were acting. Literature fans might have a heart attack when they see Baz’s new film, because I can almost guarantee he will have shaken things up a bit, which is why people either love him or hate him.

Isla said, “I had a great time. I loved it,” about her Gatsby experience. “It was an incredible luxury. We did a play workshop that was three weeks long. Before we even started rehearsals we were immersed entirely in [the 1920’s]. It was just the best experience ever.”

“On my first day he had Jay-Z pumped up full and we did the entire scene with, you know, Jay-Z in our ear on full blast while acting and it was just so liberating,” Fischer said. “He really understands actors and how self-conscious we feel at times, and how exposed we are and how we never know where anything lands. Just the complexity of being vulnerable every minute when you’re acting and he just makes you feel so safe.”

I for one, am very excited about this movie. I am always keen to see what Baz Luhrmann is concocting. I didn’t actually like Moulin Rouge’s manic interpretation, but I can certainly appreciate his conceptual brilliance, and I love how he takes classics and reworks them. His modern take on Romeo and Juliet, forever altered the way I view the world’s most famous love story. What do you think we can expect from his The Great Gatsby adaptation?

Watch Isla Fisher talking to MTV about working with Baz and using Jay-Z for inspiration…


  • Ria

    I am SO excited for this movie!!! The starcast is amazing! I loved the book and I’m looking forward to seeing a modern interpretation of it.

  • Megan

    I’m looking forward to this because it does seem perfectly cast but I just hate that it was shot in Australia. Even if it completely looks like 1920 America, it’ll will still annoy me!

  • JCZ

    @Megan – And yet America don’t have a problem doing that in their locally produced films. Even more, they continually portray the same countries as evil cause they’re “so against communism”. Bunch of Capitalism fools these big executives, only serving the government.

    Anyway – I LOVED that it was done in Aus. Money for our economy. Better for our film industry. And well, it’s so Baz – serving his nation. He always brings some local Aussie spark to his projects. Looking forward to this A LOT!