For those of you excited to celebrate a very Gatsby Christmas, well, you'll have to wait for Christmas in July—or some point in the sizzling summer, that is. While Leonardo DiCaprio's The Great Gatsby was originally slated to hit theaters Dec. 25 of this year, the release date has been moved to summer 2013.
Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow announced the date change today, but fear not: The Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel is turning out better than anyone could've imagined.
"Based on what we've seen, Baz Luhrmann's incredible work is all we anticipated and so much more," Dan Fellman, president of domestic distribution at Warner Bros. said in a statement. "It truly brings Fitzgerald's American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way."
A sentiment echoed by Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, president of international distribution, who gushed, "With this film [Baz] has done something completely unexpected—making it in 3D—while capturing the emotion, the intimacy, the power and the spectacle of the time. The responses we've had to some of the early sneak peeks have been phenomenal…The Great Gatsby will be the perfect summer movie around the world."
The movie stars DiCaprio as Gatsby himself, with an A-list supporting cast that includes Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton. While we're disappointed we'll have to wait longer to see the movie, we have a feeling the only thing that will top those hot summer days is the even hotter chemistry between Leo and Carey.
And that's certainly worth waiting for, no?
UPDATE Sept. 20, 2012: Warners announced that Gatsby will now open May 10, 2013.