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Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan joins The Great Gatsby

Amitabh Bachchan

Story by Jack Foley

BOLLYWOOD legend Amitabh Bachchan is to make his Hollywood debut alongside Leonardo DiCaprio in a new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

Warner Brothers confirmed in a statement that the actor will play Meyer Wolfsheim, a Jewish man described as a gambler in F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.

Baz Luhrmann is directing the $126m film which has already begun shooting in Australia.

The director said he was “personally thrilled that one of the world’s greatest screen legends… is joining the cast”.

In an email interview, Luhrmann told Indo-Asian News Service: “Over the years, Amitabh’s films have made a tremendous impression on my life and work. His film Sholay was my introduction to Indian cinema.”

Bachchan has acted in more than 180 Indian films over a 40-year period and remains Indian’s most popular actor.

The Great Gatsby is the story of 1920s high society in the US, the golden age of excess before the Depression.

The cast boasts a deliberately global line-up, with DiCaprio also being joined by British actress Carey Mulligan, Hollywood star Tobey Maguire and several prominent Australian stars. Find out more

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