First look: ‘The Great Gatsby’ trailer with music by Beyonce

With just six weeks to go till “The Great Gatsby” opens the Cannes filmfest, the promotional drive is picking up speed. On Thursday, a new trailer (see below) debuted that showcases the modern music that serves as a backdrop to this third screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s 1925 novel.

The film was expected to be the centerpiece of Warners’ Oscar campaign last year but it got bumped from Christmas Day to this summer when helmer Baz Luhrmann asked for more time to get it just right. For this lavish 3-D production, he has reteamed with Leonardo DiCaprio, whose career was launched with Luhrmann’s “Romeo + Juliet,” 

The director has brought in 17-time Grammy champ Jay-Z in to handle the music. Three of the 14 cuts from the soundtrack are featured in this teaser: Beyonce and Andre 3000‘s cover of Amy Winehouse‘s “Black to Black,” Lana Del Ray crooning “Young and Beautiful,” and Florence + the Machine ‘s “Over the Love.”

For Luhrmann, the music is an integral part of the movie. As he explains, “Fitzgerald’s novel is peppered with contemporary music references specific to the story’s setting of 1922. While we acknowledge, as Fitzgerald phrased it, ‘the Jazz Age,’ and this is the period represented on screen, we — our audience — are living in the ‘hip-hop age’ and want our viewers to feel the impact of modern-day music the way Fitzgerald did for the readers of his novel at the time of its publication.”

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The trailer also promises plenty of that lush style for which Luhrmann is so well-known. Art direction and costumes are by his wife Catherine Martin who won a pair of Oscars for her work on “Moulin Rouge!” in 2001. Though that film, which opened in May, was nominated for Best Picture, Luhrmann was snubbed by the academy. 

He worked with Craig Pearce, who co-wrote “Moulin Rouge” as well as “Romeo + Juliet,” to adapt this classic novel about mysterious millionaire Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio) and his tragic love affair with the married Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan), which is recounted by her cousin Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). 

Take a look (and listen) below. 

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