20 Feb '11, 7am

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in \"The Great Gatsby\"

Leonardo DiCaprio to star in \"The Great Gatsby\"

SYDNEY: Moulin Rouge director Baz Luhrmann is to shoot a 3D remake of F.Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby" starring Leonardo DiCaprio in Sydney, officials said Sunday. Luhrmann, an Australian, had also considered filming in New York -- the setting of the novel -- but New South Wales Premier Kristina Keneally said Sydney finally won out on the Warner Bros-backed blockbuster. "What better endorsement of our state's world-class film making capabilities -- we've won (the) right to produce this iconic New York story ahead of New York itself," said Keneally. "The Great Gatsby will be a boon for the NSW film industry, particularly given Baz Luhrmann's commitment to maximising use of local cast, crew and visual effects expertise." Keneally said the movie would be based at Sydney's Fox Studios and pre-production would begin in March. The project would bring more than A$120 milli...

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