‘The Great Gatsby’ director Baz Luhrmann injured during filming

Australian has three stitches to his head after bumping into crane

The Great Gatsby director Baz Luhrmann was forced to wrap up filming on the movie ahead of schedule after he was injured on set.

The Sydney Morning Herald reports that the Australian director allowed the cast and crew to break for Christmas a day earlier than planned after he was hit in the head by a camera crane and had three stiches.

The film’s co-producer Anton Monsted said:

We were on quite a cramped set and he was ducking under the crane. He struck his head on the weights on the end of the camera crane. He split open his head and we had to get the doctor.

Baz Luhrmann’s big-screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open in theatres on Christmas Day 2012.

Leonardo DiCaprio will play the film’s lead role, while Tobey Maguire will play the character Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan is set to portray Daisy Buchanan. Other members of the film’s cast include Wedding Crashers star Isla Fisher and Australian actor Joel Edgerton.

The Great Gatsby has been adapted for film many times before, with the most famous version being Jack Clayton’s 1974 offering. Robert Redford took on the lead role of Jay Gatsby, with a script written by Francis Ford Coppola.