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Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby' to Kick Off Cannes

Adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel will open film festival

March 12, 2013 11:35 AM ET
Baz Luhrmann
Baz Luhrmann
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The Cannes Film Festival will kick off with one of the year's most anticipated movies. Baz Lurhmann's adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby will open the French festival, with star Leonardo DiCaprio making his first Cannes appearance since 2007. DiCaprio plays Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan takes on Daisy Buchanan, and Tobey McGuire portrays narrator Nick Carraway in the classic 1920s American tale. Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! opened Cannes in 2001.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan 'Happy Together' in 'Great Gatsby' Trailer

Jay-Z is among the stars set to attend the festival's opening gala. The Cannes Film Festival runs from May 15th to the 26th, and Steven Spielberg leads this year's jury. The Great Gatsby will open in theaters on May 10th. Last year's winner of the festival's Palme d'Or, Michael Haneke's Amour, was nominated for five Oscars and won the award for Best Foreign Language Film earlier this year.

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