Jay-Z said he would join some of the world’s top musical artists on the soundtrack which would bring modern “jazz age” energy to the latest film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of 1920s America.
The hip-hop entrepreneur said he was introduced to Luhrmann by Leonardo DiCaprio who plays the lead role of the mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby in the movie and this led to a two-year collaboration.
“As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project,” Jay-Z said in a statement.
“‘The Great Gatsby’ is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist.”
Jay-Z will be executive producer of the soundtrack and contribute some newly written songs to the score by composer Craig Armstrong, who worked with Luhrmann on his previous films “Moulin Rouge!” and “Romeo + Juliet”.
The soundtrack of the film, which opens on May 10, will be released by Interscope Records.
This is so exciting! Can’t wait for the film and soundtrack!