Having been scheduled for release in December 2012 but postponed for further production, it has been confirmed that The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCarprio and Carey Mulligan, will be the first film screened at the Cannes Film Festival 2013.
The screen adaptation of the much-loved F. Scott Fitzgerald novel has been the talk of the town while more and more details of Baz Lurhmann’s vast production emerge, including the news that Miuccia Prada had a hand in the costumes and Tiffany & Co provided the jewellery.
On hearing the news, director Baz Lurhmann admitted: “It is a great honour for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open Cannes Film Festival.”
Adding: “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 St. Raphael.”
No doubt there will be a flashbulb frenzy come 15 May 2013 when the stars hit the Cannes Film Festival red carpet.