Bachchan makes Hollywood debut in ‘The Great Gatsby’
Mumbai (Reuters) - Bollywood star Amitabh Bachchan will be part of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of “The Great Gatsby”, in a role that marks his first foray into Hollywood.
Bachchan, who turns 69 next month, joins an illustrious Hollywood cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Macguire and Carey Mulligan, producers Warner Bros said on Thursday.
Bachchan will essay the role of Meyer Wolfsheim, who was a gambler in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s iconic novel of the same name. DiCaprio stars in the title role of Gatsby.
Principal photography for “The Great Gatsby” began this week in Australia. In August, Bachchan mentioned on his blog he was visiting the country for a couple of days.
"Time has been spent well and hopefully judiciously. Days ahead will tell us whether it was fruitful or not,” Bachchan blogged from Sydney on Aug 29.
Bachchan has never acted in a Hollywood film in his four-decade career, but has come close. He was supposed to act in Mira Nair’s adaptation of the novel “Shantaram” with Johnny Depp, but the film never took off.
Luhrmann said he was “thrilled” to be working with Bachchan.
“Over the years, Amitabh’s films have made a tremendous impression on my life and work. His film 'Sholay' was my introduction to Indian cinema," Luhrmann was quoted as saying by news agency IANS.
- Tweet this
- Share this
- Digg this
- U.S. strikes have slowed Iraq militants but not weakened them - Pentagon
- INSIGHT - As Islamic State fighters begin to blend in, defeating them no easy matter
- RBI rule handicaps India's infrastructure hopes
- Japan aims to double India investment in 5 years - Nikkei
- Family of seriously ill Joan Rivers 'keeping fingers crossed' -daughter
Journalist Reema Abbasi's “Historic Temples in Pakistan: A Call to Conscience” is a book-length attempt to record in pictures the history of an Islamic country’s Hindu past, especially as extremist activity mounts against Pakistan’s religious and ethnic minorities, including Ahmadis, Christians, Sikhs and Shia Muslims. Full Article