The Great Gatsby to open Cannes Film Festival
Story by Jack Foley
BAZ Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby is to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival.
Based on F Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic novel, the film stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan and is based on a script by Luhrmann himself and co-writer Craig Pearce.
Luhrmann, whose debut film Strictly Ballroom was screened at Cannes 21 years ago and whose Moulin Rouge! also opened Cannes in 2001, said in a statement that the festival had “always been so close to our hearts”.
He added: “F Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away at a villa outside Saint-Raphael.”
The 3D film will be shown on May 15 at the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals and will mark only the second time in the history of the festival that a film has been shown in that format, following Pixar’s Up in 2009.
For DiCaprio, the film marks the first time he has worked with Luhrmann since their 1996 film Romeo + Juliet, for which Luhrmann won a Bafta for best screenplay and best direction.
It will also mark the actor’s first return to Cannes since he presented the 2007 ecological documentary, The 11th Hour, which he produced.
Jay-Z, who contributes to the soundtrack along with Jack White, is also due to attend the opening at Cannes.