Despite being pushed back from its initial holiday release, Baz Luhrmann’s remake of The Great Gatsby is ramping up its media presence by releasing two sizzling posters featuring Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton as Myrtle Wilson and Tom Buchanan, respectively. Luhrmann’s take on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s American classic envisions a sexy and modern 1920s New York and the costume deparment isn’t sparing a nickel in bringing that vision to life. Both posters are featured in their stunning full-size below.
Both Fisher and Edgerton are prominently displayed on their own posters alongside quotes pulled from the novel. From the poster alone, it’s easy to see why Fisher was cast as Tom Buchanan’s mistress in the city. The quote from Fitzgerald’s prose perfectly describes her: “… an immediately perceptive vitality about her as if the nerves of her body were continually smouldering.”
In English class, you might have wondered why Tom would cheat on his obviously gorgeous wife. And maybe even quietly criticize the man as a stupid, brutish oaf. Don’t be afraid to admit it, I know I wasn’t the only one; Daisy is the quintessential object of love and desire and Carey Mulligan is absolutely beautiful. But Fisher’s Myrtle dares you to cheat — and how could you deny her? Look at those eyes, look at those lips. She could give Christina Hendricks a run for her money with those lips.
Edgerton absolutely nails the Tom Buchanan look too. He’s got the Yale boy aura (look at that pocket square!) combined with that haughty upper-class arrogance that generates so much dislike for him in the novel. I can’t wait to see him in action come May 13, 2013.
With the movie perched on the summer blockbuster season, you can be sure that The Great Gatsby will be one of the highest-grossing films of the year. And maybe, just maybe, this version will become the definitive film for a novel that defined an era.