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01 November 2011

Leonardo DiCaprio Filming The Great Gatsby In Sydney, by Greg Tingle - 1st November 2011

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Leonardo DiCaprio had enjoyed his first appearance on the Sydney set of The Great Gatsby yesterday.

The megastar, who portrays millionaire Jay Gatsby, walked around the White Bay set with co-star Tobey Maguire.

It's understood they worked on matters such as rehearsing lines. They two were also seen in a vintage yellow auto to shoot a scene while driving.

DiCaprio was looking dashing in this three-piece suit. Make no mistake, he's the picture perfect Hollywood leading man, but is anyone looking to topple 'Our Leo', we wonder.

The Great Gatsby is a Baz Luhrmann-directed film which has some key scenes shot in Sydney's inner west (Balmain - Rozelle region), with production budget in the region of $88 million. Word is budget may be raised if need be, such is the importance of the project.

Rozelle's abandoned White Bay power station has been recreated to resemble a wasteland on the outskirts of 1920's New York.

Insiders understand the movie will pour about $120 million into the New south Wales economy over the four-month shoot.

The project is a real shot in the arm for the entertainment industry with about 1300 people working on the film in some capacity, including 275 full-time crew and 150 in post-production.

Film locations in Sydney include Fox Studios at Moore Park, Rozelle - White Bay, but we're yet to know the location of the mansion which will home 'Our Leo's' character.

DiCaprio and co-star Tobey Maguire have been enjoying their time on set and have been rehearsing lines and leaving nothing to chance.

DiCaprio looked dashing in a period suit and trim straw hat, right out of the 20s. Maguire was right there next to him, playing perceptive narrator and character Nick Carraway, seeing right through the deceptiveness and flaws of Jay Gatsby.

Sydney appears to have caught Leonardo DiCaprio fever in a big way. Expect to hear all sorts of gossip on the man today - Melbourne Cup Day. We're betting that The Great Gatsby will prove to be some of the greatest work ever by DiCaprio, much of the cast and of course by celebrated director, Mark Anthony "Baz" Luhrmann.

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