The Great Gatsby script
Synopsis: Midwest native Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) arrives in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. Nick, a would-be writer, moves in next-door to millionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and across the bay from his cousin Daisy (Carey Mulligan) and her philandering husband, Tom (Joel Edgerton). Thus, Nick becomes drawn into the captivating world of the wealthy and -- as he bears witness to their illusions and deceits -- pens a tale of impossible love, dreams, and tragedy.

DISSOLVE TO:

EXT. NICK’S BUNGALOW - LATE AFTERNOON

HIGH AND WIDE:
Nick’s old Dodge disappears down the drive...

NICK (V.O.)

She lived across the bay...

SWOOP ACROSS THE BAY TOWARDS...

EXT. BUCHANAN MANSION - LATE AFTERNOON

An impressive Georgian mansion overlooks a quarter mile oflawn that cascades down to a private polo field.

NICK (V.O.)

In old money East Egg.

BRINNNGGG! BRINNNGGG! We hear a phone ringing off-screen.

FOLLOW:
A polo player (TOM), as he gallops toward the house.

NICK (V.O.)

Her husband was heir to one of

America’s wealthiest families.

BRINNNGGG! BRINNNGGG!

Tom whacks the polo ball...

NICK (V.O.)

His name was Tom Buchanan.

7.

The ball nearly hits one of Tom’s gardeners...

NICK (V.O.)

When we were at Yale together he’d

been a sporting star.

BRINNNGGG! BRINNNGGG!

Tom dismounts and bounds up the stairs to the porch...

NICK (V.O.)

But now his glory days were behindhim and he contented himself

with... other affairs.

Tom aggressively grabs the telephone from HENRI, the butler,

and turns; revealing an imposing, hard-mouthed man of thirty.

TOM (INTO PHONE)

I thought I told you not to call mehere...!

PULL FOCUS:
Tom sees a servant escort Nick along the balcony.

Clunking down the receiver, Tom strides toward Nick andgrasps his hand with overbearing strength.

TOM (CONT’D)

Shakespeare! How’s the great

American novel coming...?

NICK:

Oh, I’m selling bonds now Tom...

with Walter Chase’s outfit-

TOM:

Never heard of em.

Tom slaps Nick with irritating heartiness!

TOM (CONT’D)

Hey! What say after dinner we gointo town?

NICK:

Can’t-

TOM:

Catch up with the old wolf pack?

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Baz Luhrmann

Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann (born 17 September 1962) is an Australian film director, screenwriter and producer best known for The Red Curtain Trilogy, comprising his romantic comedy film Strictly Ballroom (1992), the romantic drama Romeo + Juliet (1996), and the pastiche-jukebox musical Moulin Rouge! (2001). His 2008 film Australia is an epic historical romantic drama film starring Hugh Jackman and Nicole Kidman. His 2013 drama The Great Gatsby, based on F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel of the same name, stars Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. more…

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