The world premiere of The Great Gatsby was held at the Lincoln Center in NYC today, and the film’s big stars were out in force on the black carpet. Man of the moment Leonardo DiCaprio arrived solo but his handsome co-stars Tobey Maguire and Joel Edgerton had their significant others with them, Jennifer Meyer and Alexis Blake respectively. Leading lady Carey Mulligan chose a strapless red Lanvin dress for the occasion, while Isla Fisher picked floral Dolce & Gabbana.
Jay-Z, who serves as executive producer on the movie’s soundtrack, was also on hand for the premiere, but his wife Beyoncé, who did a cover of Amy Winehouse’s “Back to Black” for the album, couldn’t make it because she’s currently on her Mrs. Carter world tour in London. Florence Welch, who also contributed a song to the soundtrack, hugged it out with director Baz Luhrmann, and when Baz wasn’t mingling with his stars he posed with wife Catherine Martin, the movie’s costume designer. Catherine worked with designer Miuccia Prada on some of the gorgeous dresses, and last night Prada threw a cocktail reception for The Great Gatsby to celebrate an upcoming exhibit of the costumes.
The Great Gatsby is one of the year’s most anticipated films after having its release date constantly pushed back. After the NYC premiere, the cast will head to France where they’ll open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Then they’ll return to Sydney, where a majority of the 3D film was shot, for its third red carpet outing on May 22, ahead of its May 30 release. Despite all the reports about production delays and budget issues, Aussie star Callan McAuliffe, who portrays young Jay Gatsby, tweeted this after watching it today: “I hate to overuse the phrase but I think it's necessary here... Gatsby was DAMN FANCY.”