Joel Edgerton: 'The Great Gatsby' Rehearsals Continue, Baz Luhrmann Providing Plenty Of Research
If you're looking to get in touch with Joel Edgerton right now, your best bet may be commissioning a time machine.
The Australian actor is starring as Tom Buchanan in the upcoming big screen adaptation of F. Scott's Fitzgerald classic novel, "The Great Gatsby," and in a conversation on Friday about his new family/MMA drama, "Warrior," he gave The Huffington Post the update on the ambitious, star-studded literary translation.
Directed by fellow Aussie Baz Luhrmann and featuring co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Isla Fisher (according to reports) as Myrtle, the film, Edgerton said, is on its way towards production.
"Everything is going to plan. We're deep into pre-production," Edgerton offered. "I leave LA on Monday to go back to Australia to continue the rehearsal process, which started a couple of months ago back in New York. I have this feeling Baz is almost, he goes so far into the world of his movie that I assume Baz no longer even has a cell phone. I'm sure he's talking in to a ye olde world-y phone and riding a horse to work. We'll get back into rehearsals; it's an incredible experience and i'm looking forward to getting started."
The preparation extends to the rest of the cast; Edgerton says that he has received volumes of information to help him prepare to play the millionaire racist socialite.
"I've got research materials on every angle of the movie, from the crime of the era to... books on the Yale football club, because Tom is the star quarterback," he said. "I've been playing polo, we've got reams of music from the era and pictures and all sorts of documentaries and stuff. Baz likes to surround you 360 degrees in the world of the movie."
That being said, the extra preparation work is something Edgerton actually truly appreciates and enjoys, especially the immensity of the undertaking.
"I'm very well aware that I'm involved in an American classic. I promise you I'm gonna do my best job!" he laughed. "If I could have a career where I spend my time working with directors who dont clock in nine-to-five and half care about their projects but fully live and breathe it, I'm very lucky, as well."