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Baz Luhrmann to shoot The Great Gatsby in Sydney

Baz Luhrmann directs Australia

Story by Jack Foley

FILMMAKER Baz Luhrmann will begin shooting his 3D take on The Great Gatsby in Sydney in August, he has announced.

The decision means that the film will become the first live-action 3D movie to be shot in New South Wales, with Australia stepping in for the iconic story’s original home town of New York.

Leonardo DiCaprio will star as Jay Gatsby while Carey Mulligan has been offered the role of Daisy Buchanan – although she has yet to commit to the project at this time.

Shooting will take place at Sydney’s Fox Studios, where Luhrmann’s last two features, Australia and Moulin Rouge, were both shot.

Announcing the deal, New South Wales Premier Kristina Kenneally said the film would inject $120 million Australian dollars into the local economy, employing an estimated 275 crew during pre-production, more than 400 cast and crew during principal photography and an estimated 150 post production and visual effects crew thereafter.

The shoot itself is currently scheduled to last 17 weeks, with a further 30 weeks spent on post production.

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