“The Great Gatsby” writer / producer / director Baz Luhrmann and collaborators Shawn “JAY Z” Carter, an executive producer on the film, and Anton Monsted, its executive music supervisor, revealed the lineup for the movie’s soundtrack today, April 4.
It encompasses the broad spectrum of musical styles represented in this energetic re-telling of the classic text. The joint announcement was made today by Warner Bros. Pictures and Universal Music Group’s Interscope Records.
Meanwhile, Back Lot Records will release the soundtrack for Oblivion, Universal Pictures’ upcoming action-adventure starring Tom Cruise, on April 9. The Oblivion Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features new music by Anthony Gonzalez of M83 and Joseph Trapanese. (Read: Tom Cruise Starrer Oblivion Gets Soundtrack)[ Also Read: Daniel Craig Stars in Range Rover Sport Film ]
JAY Z (with collaborator and the film’s executive music consultant Jeymes Samuel) has worked with Luhrmann and his team on the project over the past two years, translating the Jazz Age sensibility of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel into the musical equivalents of our own times, through the blending of hip-hop, traditional jazz and other contemporary musical textures.[ Also Read: Sony Releasing Soundtrack of James Bond Film Skyfall ]
JAY Z’s own “No Church in the Wild,” which he was recording when he and Luhrmann first came together, is included in the film, along with his original “100$ Bill.”
The first single to drop will be the hauntingly melodious track “Young and Beautiful,” from recent Brit Award winner for Best International Female Solo Artist, Lana Del Rey; the music video and song release are scheduled for April 22 and April 23, respectively. Del Rey collaborated with Luhrmann in creating the song.[ Also Read: 10 Reasons I Like Bollywood Movies ]
Luhrmann also worked personally alongside good friends and collaborators Florence Welch, of Florence + The Machine, and The xx. Each of the artists worked to picture.
A new trailer for the film will be released by Warner Bros. Pictures today, April 4, and will feature the songs “Back To Black,” from Beyonce x Andre 3000; “Young And Beautiful,” from Lana Del Rey; and “Over The Love,” from Florence + The Machine. The trailer can be viewed at www.thegreatgatsbymovie.com.
Academy Award nominee DiCaprio (“Django Unchained,” “Aviator”) plays Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire starring as Nick Carraway; Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan (“An Education”) 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 actor Amitabh Bachchan will play the role of Meyer Wolfsheim.
Opening beginning May 10, 2013, the film will be distributed in 3D and 2D by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company, and in select territories by Village Roadshow Pictures.
Photo courtesy: Warner Bros. Pictures / The Great Gatsby