Baz Luhrmann On Working With Kanye West and Jay-Z For The Great Gatsby Soundtrack

17 August 2012 by

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire in The Great Gatsby

We’re super excited about the release of The Great Gatsby next summer. Ever since the trailer came out for the adaption of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel way back in May, we’ve been scouring the internet for any morsel of information that’ll give us clues about the final production.

Speaking to brills website Refinery 29 this week, director Baz Luhrmann (you know, of Romeo & Juliet and Moulin Rouge fame) shared what inspired him to make the film; a revered classic about glitz, glamour and tragedy in the Roaring Twenties.

‘I was on the Trans-Siberian railway, with a bottle of Australian wine, with the book playing on my earphones, and it was just… exquisite,’ says Luhrmann. Yep, that would probably do it for us, too.

Whilst the film is keeping us waiting just a little while longer (it’s released next year - boo), one thing we CAN get excited about is the soundtrack. It’s a well-known fact that Luhrmann is a fan of mixing contemporary tunes with period settings (Fatboy Slim in Moulin Rouge, The Cardigans in Romeo & Juliet), so it should be no surprise that Kanye West and Jay-Z’s No Church in the Wild features on The Great Gatsby trailer.

‘I can’t go in to too much detail, but I am working with some of the best musical people in the world right now,’ says Luhrmann. ‘They are amazing: I am loving what I’m doing with them.’

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire head up the film’s cast. It was originally penned for a December release, but moved to summer 2013. We don’t know why, we just know that we cannot WAIT! Check out the trailer here:


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