The actor also spoke with MTV News about the ‘very subtle’ use of 3-D in ‘The Great Gatsby.’
By Josh Wigler, with reporting by Josh Horowitz

Joel Edgerton
Photo: MTV News

PARK CITY, UtahJoel Edgerton could tell you about Kathryn Bigelow‘s untitled Osama Bin Laden movie, but then he’d have to kill you.

OK, perhaps it’s not as dramatic as all of that. Still, the “Wish You Were Here” actor spoke briefly with MTV News about starring in the Navy Seal thriller alongside Chris Pratt and Jessica Chastain, and while he’s “very excited” to start shooting the film, his lips are sealed on the top-secret op.

“I can’t really tell you anything about it,” he told MTV during the Sundance Film Festival. “I don’t know that I can’t tell you anything about it, but I’d be very ill-informed to talk about it at this point. But I’m just excited to work with all of those guys.”

Edgerton was much more inclined to talk about “The Great Gatsby,” Baz Luhrmann‘s upcoming adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic. The Australian actor, who stars in “Gatsby” as drunken socialite Tom Buchanan, spoke at length about Luhrmann’s “very subtle” use of 3-D in the film.

“3-D is absolutely the right thing for [the film],” said Edgerton. “I’ve seen sections of the movie and it sort of invites you in. It’s not like spectacle 3-D; you’re not being confronted by things blowing at your head. But it invites you in. What it does psychologically is very interesting, and I think you’ll forget you’re watching 3-D.”

“Also, it’s lavish,” he continued. “That era was so lavish. The ’20s was about excess, so why not add a bit of excess to the filmmaking as well?”

For those who remain skeptical of the use of 3-D in “Gatsby,” Edgerton expects negative opinions to change when the movie is released this December.

“Baz knows absolutely everything he’s doing,” he said. “I’m really excited for all the people [groaning] about 3-D to see the movie. I hope everybody is crossing their arms and frowning to begin with, because I think they’ll unfurl by the time they see it.”

What do you think of the use of 3-D in “The Great Gatsby”? Sound off in the comments!

The 2012 Sundance Film Festival is officially under way, and the MTV Movies team is on the ground reporting on the hottest stars and the movies everyone will be talking about in the year to come. Keep it locked with MTV Movies for everything there is to know about Sundance.

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