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Joel Edgerton: 'Baz Luhrmann is the right man for Great Gatsby'

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Joel Edgerton has praised director Baz Luhrmann's commitment to The Great Gatsby.

The star, who will play Tom Buchanan in the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, revealed that he thinks that Luhrmann is the perfect man to helm the picture.

"Baz Luhrmann is the right man for this job, he's got a visual poetry to the way he makes movies, I think he's akin... to the descriptive language that Fitzgerald had in the book," Edgerton told The Playlist.

He continued: "I think that is so much a part of the success of that book, the characters are great and the story is great but the description language, the way he put it into words is what made that book keen. There needs to be a maestro at the helm that's going to turn that into a thing that matches the book."

In addition to Edgerton, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway.

Filming on The Great Gatsby begins this month in Australia. It is slated for a November 2012 release.

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