'Great Gatsby' to open Cannes Film Festival
March 12th, 2013
05:09 PM ET

'Great Gatsby' to open Cannes Film Festival

This year's Cannes film festival will swing open in '20s style.

Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" has been selected to begin the festivities for the 66th edition.

The project, which stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan, could become one of summer's biggest events when it has its American release on May 10. (You have seen the trailer, right? Better yet, consider the source material!)

"The Great Gatsby" will then debut at the film festival five days later on May 15.

This won't be the first time Cannes has screened a film in 3-D, as it previously did that with 2009's "Up." Luhrmann isn't a stranger to the festival, either, as his 2001 movie "Moulin Rouge!" opened that year's fest.

For Luhrmann, opening at Cannes has a special significance for both his film and its story.

“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on ‘The Great Gatsby’ to open the Cannes Film Festival," Luhrmann said in a statement. "F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote some of the most poignant and beautiful passages of his extraordinary novel just a short distance away.”

Cannes will run from May 15 - 26, and will be judged by this year's special guest judge and head of jury, Steven Spielberg.

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    I cannot wait too see this movie

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  6. Want too take a grip first.


    March 14, 2013 at 4:13 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Gross

    I hope it is R rated and we get to see Carey's furry little gatsby.

    March 14, 2013 at 4:10 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Goranesh

    I just bought a great Ariel Atom from having earned $9356 this month and would you believe, $10k this past-month. This is really the most-comfortable work I have ever had. I began this 6 months ago and right away was bringing in more than $83 per/h. This is what I do, Rich45.C0M____

    March 13, 2013 at 8:27 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Walter

    Absolutely cannot wait to see this. DiCaprio will blow all other Gatsby's straight out of the water.

    March 13, 2013 at 4:26 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Agreed...3D

    is what we call "getting familiar" before seeing the "actuals"...lol

    March 13, 2013 at 12:58 pm | Report abuse |
  11. El Disgusto

    3D, 2D, great or otherwise, I just want to see Carey Mulligan’s gatsbys up on the big screen. She plays a flapper, for godsake, so let us see her flapjacks flapping around all flippity floppity.

    March 13, 2013 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Fran and 3D

    i call that the getting to know process...

    March 13, 2013 at 12:04 pm | Report abuse |
  13. The actor

    is "getting to know" more and more about Madonna's character...lol

    March 13, 2013 at 12:01 pm | Report abuse |
  14. M.A.P. (Mothers against poo)

    The Grat Shatsby and the brown smear.

    March 13, 2013 at 11:56 am | Report abuse |
  15. Rex

    5 stars

    March 13, 2013 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
  16. El Disgusto

    It's because Carey Mulligan's B(.)(.)BS look better in 3D.

    March 12, 2013 at 7:16 pm | Report abuse |
  17. Geeze

    dicaprio is a nut! lol...

    March 12, 2013 at 5:18 pm | Report abuse |
  18. Observer

    Loved the original, but this one looks lame. Who thought that DiCaprio was fit to follow Redford in the lead?

    And what's up with the 3-D??? Not like this is an action flick or anything...

    March 12, 2013 at 5:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • gungi

      There is nothing wrong with 3D in films like this. 3D is not just meant for action and "in-you-face" things.
      It can give the audience a sense of being in the film which helps pull the viewer into the film.

      March 12, 2013 at 7:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Disgusto

      Plus, the B( . )( . )BS just leap off the screen in 3D films, giving the impression that you can reach out and touch them (with apologies to the woman sitting in front of you).

      March 12, 2013 at 10:38 pm | Report abuse |
    • El Disgusto

      ( ° )( ° )

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      March 13, 2013 at 12:15 pm | Report abuse |

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