Baz Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY to Open Cannes Film Festival
Director Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated adaptation of The Great Gatsby was originally scheduled to open this past Christmas day. Due to the extremely crowded holiday season, which was packed with great films, Warner Bros. decided to push the film back to the spring. The Leonardo DiCaprio led adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel has been selected to open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Gatsby will be the second 3D film to open the festival in its history, right behind Disney Pixar’s Up in 2009. Hit the jump to read more.
The Great Gatsby stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Amitabh Bachchan, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, and Elizabeth Debicki and hits theaters in 3D on May 10th, 2013.
This addition to the festival marks the third time in five years its opening film will be a big name Hollywood production – Robin Hood in 2010 and Up in 2009. This will also be the second time that a Baz Luhrmann helmed film will be opening Cannes – Moulin Rouge opened at the 2001 Cannes Film Festival.
The festival opens on May 15th, while the U.S. sees a release date for the film five days earlier than that. It will be interesting to see how the film fares stateside before making its big debut at Cannes. Keeping with tradition, Gatsby will not be up for competition at the festival.
Over the past two years, films like Midnight in Paris and Moonrise Kingdom have seen a great deal of success after opening the festival, but U.S. critics will ultimately hold the fate of the film in their hands.