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Geeking Out for ‘Gatsby’

It’s been almost a year since the first trailer debuted—in all its roaring ‘20s, Jay-Z/Kanye “No Church in the Wild” sampling glory. Since then we’ve been counting down the days until the latest adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” hits theaters.

Directed by Baz Luhrmann and starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, the film promises to be nothing short of a visual extravaganza. And a musical one too. Thankfully, the wait is almost over—the film is out this Friday, May 10. Here’s what’s on our “to do” list before we go see how great the  “The Great Gatsby” really is:

Reread (or read) the book
Nobody needs to know exactly how long it’s been since you took 10th-grade American Lit… but admitting that you need a refresher on this classic is O.K. And if somehow you missed out on this literary gem, you really should try and make it a point to read it before you see the movie.

Or at least check out the audiobook
The newest audio version that’s available for download on audible.com is narrated by none other than Jake Gyllenhaal.

Film School
Did you know there’s already a movie? Made in the ‘70s, this version of “The Great Gatsby” stars Sam Waterston as narrator Nick Carraway, with Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanan and Robert Redford as Gatsby, with a script by Francis Ford Coppola. It’s totally worth Netflixing.

Fall in love with the completely badass soundtrack
Beyonce covering Amy Winehouse. Emeli Sande covering Beyonce. Plus Jay-Z, Jack White, Florence and the Machine and even Gotye. As far as soundtracks go, it doesn’t get bigger than this one. Go listen now, if you haven’t already.

Remember Romeo
Need a reminder of the magic Luhrmann and DiCaprio are capable of creating together? Look no further than their ‘90s take on the classic “Romeo and Juliet.” And why not turn it into an entire Luhrmann movie-watching marathon and add in “Moulin Rouge!” while you’re at it.

Get “Carried” Away
Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan is pretty much everywhere right now—if you’re into fashion magazines and blogs that is. So if you want to soak up some Gatsby fashion before heading to the theater, pick up the current issue of Vogue and swoon away.