The release date for Baz Luhrmann‘s ‘The Great Gatsby’ is being pushed back by more than six months to May 10 of next year.
The highly anticipated film was originally slated for a Christmas Day release.
The big-budget reworking of the famous F. Scott Fitzgerald novel features stars Leonardo DiCaprio as protagonist Jay Gatsby, as well as Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Tobey Maguire, and others. Trailers premiered for the film several months ago; however Warner Bros. ultimately decided to move the film back to strengthen it’s thin summer movie lineup.
Warner Bros. president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman said: “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.”
Critics remain wary of the decision to delay the release, noting that it effectively destroys the film’s Academy Award chances and that summer audiences may not be looking for such a heavy drama.
Watch the trailer for ‘The Great Gatsby’ below: