‘The Great Gatsby’ release date pushed back by six months

The new Baz Luhrmann movie was due to come out on Christmas Day

The release for the forthcoming new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby been pushed back almost six months.

The Baz Luhrmann-directed movie was supposed to be released on December 25, but the film is now expected to be come out in the summer of next year.

Shot in 3D, the film sees Leonardo DiCaprio play the movie’s lead character, while Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan appears as Daisy Buchanan.

Speaking about the release change, Warner Bros’ president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said – via Hollywood Reporter: “Based on what we’ve seen, Baz Luhrmann’s incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more. It truly brings Fitzgerald’s American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way. We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

The Great Gatsby was shot in Luhrmann’s native Australia, although F Scott Fitzgerald’s story is set on Long Island’s North Shore and in New York during the summer of 1922.

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