Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” will open the 66th Annual Cannes Film Festival and be part of the official selection process which will include Steven Spielberg as juror.

Luhrmann is excited about the honor of opening at Cannes:

“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-Raphael. It is a great honor for all those who have worked on ‘The Great Gatsby’ to open the Cannes film festival.”

Luhrmann isn’t the first person to bring F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” to life on the big screen. There have been approximately five different film adaptations of the classic book since 1926. The last one to be released was a TV Movie in 2000 and starred Mira Sorvino, Paul Rudd, and Toby Stephens.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachchan, and Jay-Z (who scores the movie) will also be in attendance in Cannes.

“The Great Gatsby” stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, Isla Fisher, and Amitabh Bachchan and will open in theaters on May 10, 2013.

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