Burbank: Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan has joined the cast of “The Great Gatsby”, the 3D adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel by director Baz Luhrmann, making it his 1st Hollywood film. Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim in the $ 125 million film.
The filmmaker will make his own idiosyncratic visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before. Leonardo DiCaprio stars in the title role.
Warner Bros said in a statement “Bachchan, the elder statesman of Indian cinema and one of the most recognised faces on the planet, will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.”
The 68-year-old star, who was in Sydney toward the end of August, where the film is being shot, did not reveal his reason for being in the city on his blog but did hint, saying that “Time has been spent well and hopefully judiciously. Days ahead will tell us whether it was fruitful or not.”
The USD 125 million film is being adapted on the big screen in 3D by Baz Luhrmann, the man behind films like Moulin Rouge and Australia.
Luhrmann said that “Fitzgerald loved the movies and was a passionate believer in the power of cinema.’The Great Gatsby‘ has been adapted for the screen no less than four times. Fitzgerald’s story defies time and geography. The vision and the goal of our remarkable cast and creatives are to do justice to the deftness of Fitzgerald’s telling, and illuminate its big ideas and humanity. This is our challenge and our adventure.”
The director has an appeal for Bollywood and even used hit item song Chhamma Chhamma from China Gate in the Nicole Kidman starrer.
The film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.