From “Moulin Rouge!” to “Romeo and Juliet,” director Baz Luhrman has always been fond of mixing vintage material with modern tunes, so it shouldn’t come as a surprise that Jay-Z has been tapped as composer of the director’s 3D adaptation of “The Great Gatsby.”
The fourteen-time Grammy winner’s producer Jeymes Samuel (aka ‘The Bullitts’) recently made the announcement on Twitter.
“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming#CLASSIC The Great Gatsby! It is too DOPE for words!” he tweeted.
Based on the 1920’s-set novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Warner Bros.’ “The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carrie Mulligan and tells the story of a Midwesterner (Maguire) fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor (DiCaprio). The $120 million “Gatsby,” co-financed by Village Roadshow, was originally scheduled to open Christmas day before Warner Bros. pushed the film back to May 10 (DiCaprio’s “Django Unchained” also opened Christmas day).
“The Great Gatsby’s” first teaser coincidentally featured music from Jay-Z and collaborator Kanye West.