Baz Luhrmann 'thrilled' The Great Gatsby is to open Cannes Film Festival 2013
Baz Luhrmann’s 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby will open the Cannes Film Festival this year, organisers said today.
The eagerly anticipated film, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, was delayed from being released in 2012 so that Luhrmann could continue to refine the film.
The director is said to be a favourite of the festival. His 2001 musical drama Moulin Rouge remains one of the most memorable opening nights in Cannes history, with an expensive after-party thrown by distributor 20th Century Fox.
Luhrmann said he was “thrilled” to be able to return to Cannes for the 66th annual festival.
“Not only because my first film Strictly Ballroom was screened there 21 years ago, but 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 St. Raphael,” he said.
With Steven Spielberg confirmed as the head of the festival jury, it looks to be an exciting year for Cannes. Perhaps The Great Gatsby distributors Warner Bros will throw an after-party fit for Jay Gatsby himself.
Cannes kicks off on Wednesday 15 May at the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals.
It is only the second time the debut film has been in 3D following animation Up by Pete Docter in 2009.
DiCaprio, who plays Jay Gatsby, has rarely been seen on the Croisette. He returns to Cannes for the first time since the 2007 presentation of The 11th Hour, a documentary on ecological issues which the actor himself produced.
Final Top Gear reviewTV
FestivalsFive ways to avoid the portable toilets
Jurassic WorldThe results are completely brilliant
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Should Apple buy Greece?
- 2 Michael Douglas regrets 'embarrassing' Catherine Zeta-Jones with oral sex comments
- 3 Drummer Lee Rigby's family reject 'extremist' groups using Woolwich murder for political gain
- 4 Tunisia hotel attack: Locals form 'human shield' to protect hotel from gunman Seifeddine Rezgui
- 5 Fox News anchor asks 'what's to prevent' three people from marrying after same-sex marriage legalised
Lionel Richie at Glastonbury 2015, review: Like the anti-Kanye he delights in audience engagement
Glastonbury 2015: Lionel Richie attracts festival's biggest crowds for Sunday's 'dad slot'
Glastonbury 2015: The best things you missed from Lionel Richie and the Dalai Lama to how beautiful the festival is
Glastonbury 2015: Shocking scenes of rubbish left strewn across campsite as clean-up begins
Glastonbury 2015: The Who take swipe at Kanye West - 'who's the biggest rock star in the world?'
The moment a Queen's Guard soldier lost it and drew his gun at annoying tourist
Austerity is essential if Britain wants to reduce inequality – why can't the left-wingers who march against it realise this?
Greece crisis: The wider lesson is that it’s time to abandon this failed experiment in currencies
'I wish the BBC would stop calling it Islamic State' – David Cameron unleashes frustration at broadcaster
Extend Right To Buy to tenants of private landlords, Labour's Jeremy Corbyn says
David Cameron struck double blow in his hopes to win Britain a new EU deal