Come May, The Great Gatsby is set to wow us with scandal and style in equal measure, and now the confirmation that Jay-Z is responsible for the soundtrack ensures the action will unravel to a dance-floor worthy beat.
After being introduced to director Baz Luhrmann by Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays Jay Gatsby, Jay-Z has assembled a cast of chart-topping artists to bring the jazz era bang up to date.
Jay's original music and productions of other artists tracks have been woven with a score by long-time Luhrmann collaborator, composer Craig Armstrong.
Luhrmann says of the film's musical experience: "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.”
While Jay-Z explains: “As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project. 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 Great Gatsby will open Cannes Film Festival and hit UK cinemas on 17 May, while the soundtrack will be released on Interscope Records.
By Hayley Spencer