Hunter a great place for Gatsby - and Leonardo

Leonardo DiCaprio could be making his way to the Hunter when Australian director Baz Luhrmann starts work on a remake of legendary novel and film The Great Gatsby.

Screen Hunter Central Coast manager Annette Hubber said Morpeth, Maitland and Singleton were three of many areas offered to Luhrmann but she had not heard back from him.

US giant Warner Bros will back the Bazmark Films production and Fox Studios in Sydney will be the production base for the film that will be shot in NSW.

The majority of the story, set in New York in 1922, will be filmed in Sydney but other parts of NSW will be used.

‘‘We are certainly hopeful but we haven’t been advised of anything at this stage,’’ Mrs Hubber said.

‘‘We’ve pitched a lot of quite sparse locations outside Singleton and remote areas around Morpeth and Maitland but really we can offer them anything from the Mooney Mooney bridge to Forster and out to Merriwa.’’

DiCaprio and Luhrmann have not worked on a film together since Romeo + Juliet in 1996.

The chance to have both stars in the region follows on from other movies in which the Hunter has featured, including Tomorrow When the War Began, Wolverine, Superman Returns, Matrix Reloaded, Young Einstein, Newcastle and Suburban Mayhem.

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