Have you seen the new trailer for Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, The Great Gatsby? It debuted yesterday, and if you know anything about Luhrmann’s previous work, you know it’s kind of insane. It’s colorful, wacky, and full of raucous dialogue and music. Luhrmann is also known for his attention to multiracial casting and, occasionally (as in the case of Australia, racial politics).
The trailer opens with a car full of gorgeously dressed black folks and cues up Kanye and Jay-Z’s “No Church in the Wild.” This ain’t your grandpa’s Gatsby.
It makes sense that Luhrmann would nod to race in this film; Gatsby is set in New York circa the Harlem Renaissance. And though Fitzgerald’s references to race in his work were often bigoted, he never ignored the presence of African Americans in the New York he wrote about. Previous film adaptations, however, have whitewashed New York (and, by extension, Gatsby’s lavish parties).
Will you be checking out this film when it drops this Christmas? Are you a fan of Baz Luhrmann’s highly-stylized filmmaking?