First Baz Luhrmann raised eyebrows with the announcement that he would be filming "The Great Gatsby" in 3D. Now he's leaving mouths agape with a second revelation.
According to The Wrap, Rapper-actor-entrepreneur Jay-Z is composing the score for Luhrmann's upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, a short work by F. Scott Fitzgerald that many consider to be the Great American Novel. So it's out with the old—as in the traditional Jazz Age music—and in with the new. No flappers and Roaring Twenties stuff here!
Like it or hate it, that's the direction taken by Luhrman, whose "Moulin Rouge!" and "Romeo + Juliet" were contemporized in part by music.
Fans got a sense of Luhrman's new take on the Gatsby soundtrack with two recently released trailers.
Last September, Warner Bros. announced that "The Great Gatsby" would hit theaters on May 10, 2013, instead of competing against "Les Miserables" and "Django Unchained" during Christmas week.
As sacrilegious and un-American as seems to jettison the music of the Jazz Age, I'm going to withhold judgment until I see the film. At least it doesn't look like the yawner that the 1974 film turned out to be.
Luhrmann's version stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan—great choices all!