The stars of Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the F Scott Fitzgerald novel The Great Gatsby descended on New York for the highly anticipated new movie. See Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Tobey Maguire, Amitabh Bachchan and more celebs on the red carpet. The Great Gatsby releases in SA cinemas on 17 May.
wanted the film to feel like how it would have felt to read the novel
in 1925," the director told reporters at the Cannes Film Festival, where
the movie provided opening-night screen fireworks and red carpet
"Fitzgerald put music front and centre in his novel. He
took African-American street music called jazz and he put it right as a
star in the book.
"People said, 'Why are you doing that? It's a fad,
it'll be gone next week.' And he said, because I want this book to feel
right here, right now."
Luckily for Luhrmann, Gatsby star
Leonardo DiCaprio introduced him to Jay-Z, and the superstar agreed to
help score the film.
Two of Jay-Z's own tracks — $100 Bill and the
Grammy-winning jam No Church in the Wild — feature on the soundtrack,
and he elicited contributions from the wife Beyonce, Emeli Sande and
Lana Del Rey.
Luhrmann also used the soundtrack to counter
criticism of the absence of African-American speaking characters in the
movie — as in Fitzgerald's book.
"Jay said that music is a star in
the film so I think there is a great African-American presence in this
film and I am very, very grateful for it," he said.
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