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Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is finally ready for audiences. The film has been selected to open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival.
Festival organizers announced that the film will be screened at the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals on Wednesday, May 15, the first night of the 66th annual festival. The festival confirmed that Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and Jay-Z, whose songs have been used in the trailer, will be in attendance.
The Great Gatsby is also going to be screened in 3D. This is just the second time the festival has opened with a 3D release and first since 2009, when Disney and Pixar’s Up opened the prestigious festival.
“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival,” Luhrmann said in a statement. “We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but also because 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 Saint-Raphaël.”
The Great Gatsby will not be screened in competition. Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the title role, will be attending Cannes for the first time since 2007.
The 66th annual Cannes Film Festival will run through May 26. Steven Spielberg will be heading the jury this year.
Gatsby is based on the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel. It was originally supposed to be released last year, but was pushed back to May 10. Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton and Isla Fischer co-star with DiCaprio.