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Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan heading Down Under for “Gatsby”

By Sean O’Connell

Hollywoodnews.com: F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is a quintessential American novel that critiques American society as it follows the lives of New York’s aristocracy and their interaction along Long Island’s famed North Shore.

So of course, Baz Luhrmann would film his movie adaptation of Fitzgerald’s literary treasure in Australia.

That’s what the New Zealand Herald is reporting. The paper says Luhrmann will begin filming his 3D “Gatsby” in Sydney later this year Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan have been cast as Luhrmann’s leads.

“This comes at a good time for [Australia’s] film industry,” premier Kristina Keneally said in a statement. “Australia was thought to be losing international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar – put simply, this is a big win. … ‘The Great Gatsby’ will be a boon for the NSW film industry, particularly given Baz Luhrmann’s commitment to maximising use of local cast, crew and visual effects expertise.”

Pre-production on the film is expected to begin in March, with shooting commencing in August.

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About Sean O'Connell

Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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One Comment

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    February 21, 2011 | Permalink |

    It will be cool to see these two together. I mean – let’s face the films he has done in the past years are amazing. I don’t expect this to be any less!

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