Hip-hop artists Jay-Z and The Bullitts will collaborate on an original score for director Baz Luhrmann’s adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
“Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC ‘The Great Gatsby,'” The Bullitts Tweeted. “It is too DOPE for words!”
Baz Luhrmann is known for using modern music in his films Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet but this will be the first time the visionary director has used rap music.
This isn’t however the first time F. Scott Fitzgerald merged with the world of hip-hop. Director Christopher Scott Cherot’s 2002 drama “G”, starring Blair Underwood and Richard T. Jones, told a Gatsbyesque hip-hop love story set against the backdrop of the Hamptons.
Luhrmann hinted to the direction of the score as both the teaser and full trailer for The Great Gatsby used the rap track “No Church In The Wild” by Jay Z and Kanye West.
Long before Glee, Luhrmann popularized the musical mashup in Moulin Rouge!. The song “Elephant Love Medley” performed by Nicole Kidman and Ewan McGregor featured lyrics from past favorites by Elton John, Paul McCartney and U2, just to name a few.
The Great Gatsby follows Nick Carraway (Maguire), a Midwesterner now living in 1922 New York City, who finds himself fascinated by the mysterious past and lavish lifestyle of his neighbor, Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio). He is drawn into Gatsby’s circle, becoming a witness to obsession and tragedy.
The Great Gatsby is scheduled to be released in 3D theaters by Warner Bros. on May 10, 2013.