Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s  “Great Gatsby” will kick off the 66th Festival de Cannes, on Wednesday 15th May, in the Grand Théâtre Lumière of the Palais des Festivals.  The project is out of Competition in the Official Selection.

“Great Gatsby” is an adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel of 1925 of the same name. It stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher and Jason Clarke.  The story chronicles the roaring 20’s life and times of millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his neighbor Nick (Maguire).

The film’s opening at Cannes has a special significance for Luhrmann and its history.

“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on The Great Gatsby to open the Cannes Film Festival. 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 Saint-Raphaël.”

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