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'Great Gatsby' movie is pushed to summer 2013

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(Read caption) 'The Great Gatsby' will star Leonardo DiCaprio (l.) as Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan (r.) as Daisy Buchanan.

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The Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel “The Great Gatsby” is moving its release date from Christmas of this year to sometime in the summer of 2013, according to its studio Warner Bros.

“It truly brings Fitzgerald's American classic to life in a completely immersive, visually stunning and exciting way,” said Warner Bros. Pictures president of domestic distribution Dan Fellman in a statement. “We think moviegoers of all ages are going to embrace it, and it makes sense to ensure this unique film reaches the largest audience possible.”

Veronika Kwan Vandenberg, the president of international distribution for Warner Bros. Pictures, said response from test screenings had been positive.

“We think 'The Great Gatsby' will be the perfect summer movie around the world," she said.

“Gatsby” is directed by “Moulin Rouge!” director Baz Luhrmann and will star actor Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular character, “Drive” actress Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and “Spider-Man” actor Tobey Maguire as the story’s narrator Nick Carraway. It will be released in 3-D.

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