“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.”
– F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby
The spring semester is quickly nearing an end, which means students need something to look forward to, something that distracts from the stress of final exams and lengthy presentations. So what better way to welcome summer than watching Leo DiCaprio portray Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby remake?
Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated retelling of the literary classic will grace the silver screen on May 10.
Along with new trailers and posters constantly reminding us of the film’s upcoming release, this week also marks the novel’s 88th anniversary.
Will DiCaprio’s portrayal of the iconic character even compare to Robert Redford’s performance in the 1974 version? What about Baz Luhrmann as director? (Based on his past film credits, he tends to gravitate toward remakes.)
Several questions remain, but one thing’s for certain– the film’s tracklist won’t exactly resemble the Jazz Age music of the 1920s. The soundtrack, which is due for a May 7 release, boasts an impressive array of artists including Beyoncé, Lana Del Rey, Florence and the Machine, Jack White, The xx and Gotye. Jay-Z is also teaming up with Luhrmann to create the film’s score.
“‘The Great Gatsby’ is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion,” Jay-Z said in a recent Reuters press release. “It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist.”
Check out the film’s third trailer, which features songs from the soundtrack here.