‘The Great Gatsby’ Throws Opening Bash for Cannes Film Festival

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Tobey Maguire, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Great Gatsby'
Tobey Maguire, left, and Leonardo DiCaprio in 'The Great Gatsby'

Leonardo DiCaprio will be doing the Cannes-Cannes.

"The Great Gatsby," Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel starring DiCaprio, will screen out of competition at the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals on May 15 to open the vaunted film fest.

Luhrmann is no stranger to having a film of his be the first out of the gate at Cannes, as "Moulin Rouge!" threw quite the opening gala back in 2001.

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"It is a great honor for all those who have worked on 'The Great Gatsby' to open the Cannes Film Festival," said Luhrmann in an official statement. "We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film, 'Strictly Ballroom,' was screened there 21 years ago, but also 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."

"The Great Gatsby," which makes for Luhrmann's first feature since 2008's "Australia" and only his second since "Moulin Rouge!," takes place on Long Island in the Roaring '20s, where the story of the charismatic and more than a little mysterious Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), a legend in his own time (and host of at least one grand Luhrmann-style ultra-soiree), is told by his friend, Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan plays Gatsby's ladylove Daisy, who's married to the rich, powerful and bullying Tom Buchanan (Joel Edgerton).

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Luhrmann's trademark astonishing production design, costuming and choreography will be all the more immersive (and probably overwhelming) in 3-D, a format utilized in only one previous Cannes opening film: Pixar's "Up" in 2009. Don't be surprised if "Gatsby" also features a house breaking free of its foundations and floating up into the sky courtesy of a big bunch of balloons, because ... well, that's just the kind of thing that might just randomly happen in a Baz Luhrmann film.

"The Great Gatsby" will actually get a domestic release a few days before the Cannes screening as it's set to open in U.S. theaters on May 10.

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