The Great Gatsby
From page to screen can be a tricky transition and, with so many classic books butchered on their way there, there’s understandably some trepidation surrounding the release of yet another literary adaptation. F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel is the latest to undergo a movie makeover and, with Baz Luhrmann at the helm, expect the unexpected. The trailer suggests a visual feast of colour and gin-fuelled riots in this tumble into the jazz-infused New York of the roaring twenties. Leonardo DiCaprio steps into the mysterious Mr Gatsby’s loafers, with Tobey Maguire as the enquiring Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s old flame, Daisy Buchanan.
A tale of intrigue, betrayal and cool suits on hot summer nights unfolds as the audience learn more and more about the eponymous Gatsby. Luhrmann hopes his take on the 1925 novel will be relevant to today, with its criticisms of the decadent lifestyle led by the super-rich.
But will it be all style and no substance in this modern twist on a classic? The cast certainly have decent CVs on their side, with numerous awards and nominations behind them, which could well be in the film’s favour. Already promising to be a spectacle, the film will also be shown in 3D.
The Great Gatsby is set to be released in time for Christmas 2012.
Daniel Craig resumes his role as the brooding Bond in the 23rd film featuring Ian Fleming’s very British spy. Not much is given away by the teaser trailer, except that there will be explosions and fight scenes interspersed with Craig looking out moodily over various cityscapes. Javier Bardem plays the villain of the piece but what is Skyfall? All will be revealed.
On general release from 9 Nov.
Life of Pi
The only survivor of a sunken ship, Pi finds himself stuck on a boat with a bengal tiger for 227 days. Based on Yann Martel’s bestselling novel, Ang Lee’s latest venture has been kept well under wraps. With only one still from the film released so far and the lead actor a relative unknown, there’s not much to go on. Let’s hope Lee’s CV is enough to ensure a quality film.
On general release from 21 Nov.
Already a hotly tipped Oscar contender, this epic tale of love, loss and poverty in Revolution-era France looks to be a mammoth Christmas hit. The rousing numbers of the West End success are transferred from stage to screen, with the trailer giving audiences a sneak peek at Anne Hathaway’s gut-wrenchingly emotional rendition of ‘I Dreamed a Dream’. Bring your hankies.
On general release from 14 Dec.
An ex-military policeman wanders the US delivering his vigilante justice with a punch. Based on the character created by author Lee Child, Tom Cruise is set to play Jack Reacher, which has caused some controversy, with critics suggesting Cruise is too clean-cut and too short to play the part, although (recent Holmes divorce scandal aside) there’s no doubt that Cruise is still a box office draw.
On general release from 21 Dec.
It’s been a renaissance year for Abraham Lincoln, with the release of two films centring on America’s 16th president. Steven Spielberg reminds us that, aside from hunting vampires, Honest Abe was a thumping good head of state. Daniel Day-Lewis dons the famous hat and beard for the presidential role focusing on the road to the Civil War and the abolition of slavery.
On general release from Dec.
German-made, with an American cast and filmed right here in Scotland, Cloud Atlas follows six storylines as they intertwine. Natalie Portman, Tom Hanks, Halle Berry and James McAvoy are just some of the names in this story of action, mystery and romance exploring the ripple effect of the decisions of some on the lives of others.
On general release from tbc.
Oz the Great and Powerful
James Franco stars as the Great and Powerful Oz in this prequel to the 1939 classic. We find out how the wonderful wizard made his way over the rainbow to the land of Oz as Disney switches from black and white to glorious technicolour when our hero touches down in Oz. Look out for flying monkeys and munchkins.
On general release from 8 Mar.
Iron Man 3/Star Trek 2
2013 sees the return of two big-bucks blockbusters as Iron Man and Star Trek each roll out another instalment. No plot information has been released for either film but rumours in the Iron Man camp suggest he may be facing nemesis, Mandarin. Trekkies can probably expect more of the same action, adventure and aliens from the Enterprise crew – it’s only logical.
On general release from May 2013.
Star Trek 2 Teaser Trailer (2013) - J.J. Abrams Movie HD - Fan Made
The Hobbit is finally released next year (date tbc) and the prequel to Lord of the Rings is sure to be a blockbuster giant. Martin Freeman plays the film’s reluctant hero, Bilbo Baggins, along with the familiar bearded faces of Sir Ian McKellen as Gandalf and Christopher Lee as Sauron. The stellar cast doesn’t stop there, with Stephen Fry, Billy Connolly and Benedict Cumberbatch also starring.