Jay Z and Baz Luhrmann Team Up for The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio in The Great Gatsby

CAREY MULLIGAN as Daisy Buchanan and LEONARDO DICAPRIO as Jay Gatsby in Warner Bros. Pictures' and Village Roadshow Pictures' drama "THE GREAT GATSBY," a Warner Bros. Pictures release. Photo courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures

One thing is for certain – this isn’t your mom and dad’s The Great Gatsby. Not only is filmmaker Baz Luhrmann delivering to the big screen a 3D version of the critically acclaimed novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, he’s also brought in Shawn ‘Jay Z’ Carter to collaborate on The Great Gatsby soundtrack.
 
Jay Z, who’s also an executive producer on the Warner Bros Pictures release, was in charge of “procuring, performing, producing and arranging” the soundtrack to feature some of today’s top musical artists.
 
Says Luhrmann about Jay Z’s involvement: “Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories—not just as decoration, but to actively tell story using the immediacy of pop culture. He coined the phrase ‘the Jazz Age.’ So, the question for me in approaching Gatsby was how to elicit from our audience the same level of excitement and pop-cultural immediacy toward the world that Fitzgerald did for his audience? And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop. Not only is Jay Z a great artist, full stop, but I had heard that he was a great collaborator. Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay Z was recording ‘No Church in the Wild,’ and the collaboration grew from there.”
 
“As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo [DiCaprio], I knew this was the right project,” said Jay Z. “The Great Gatsby is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to Moulin Rouge made it a masterpiece, and Romeo + Juliet’s score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”
 
The Plot:
 
The Great Gatsby follows would-be writer Nick Carraway as he leaves the Midwest and comes to New York City in the spring of 1922, an era of loosening morals, glittering jazz, bootleg kings, and sky-rocketing stocks. Chasing his own American Dream, Nick lands next door to a mysterious, party-giving millionaire, Jay Gatsby, and across the bay from his cousin, Daisy, and her philandering, blue-blooded husband, Tom Buchanan. It is thus that Nick is drawn into the captivating world of the super rich, their illusions, loves and deceits. As Nick bears witness, within and without of the world he inhabits, he pens a tale of impossible love, incorruptible dreams and high-octane tragedy, and holds a mirror to our own modern times and struggles.
 
Leonardo DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar® nominee Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton as Daisy and Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke as Myrtle and George Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Indian film legend Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.
 
The Great Gatsby opens in 3D on May 10, 2013.
 
Source: Warner Bros Pictures
 

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Rebecca Murray

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Journalist covering the entertainment industry for more than 13 years. Member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association, Alliance of Women Film Journalists, and San Diego Film Critics Society.

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