'The Great Gatsby' to open Cannes

‘The Great Gatsby’ to open Cannes


The Cannes Film Festival will kick off this year with a taste of good old Americana after event organisers announced on Tuesday that director Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ will open the festival.Organisers said Tuesday that the film ‘The Great Gatsby’, with Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role and directed by Australian Baz Luhrmann, will open this year’s Cannes festival – in 3D, no less, reports france24.com.
Luhrmann stressed the film’s French connection, saying in a statement that author F Scott Fitzgerald wrote ‘some of the most poignant and beautiful passages’ of ‘The Great Gatsby’ at a French Riviera villa not far from Cannes.
Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan also star in Luhrmann’s version of the 1925 novel.
Steven Spielberg is heading the jury at the Cannes festival this year, which runs May 15-26.


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