Baz Luhrmann is Using Some Contemporary Music for 'Great Gatbsy'

October 15, 2012
Source: The Playlist

The Great Gatsby

While the new adaptation of The Great Gatbsy from director Baz Luhrmann was originally slated to hit theaters this year, audiences are now stuck waiting until next summer to see the film. There have been rumblings that there might be some trouble with the production, but they don't sound terribly worrisome. An interesting tidbit has now surfaced regarding the music in the film. Following the use of contemporary tracks from Jay-Z and Jack White in the trailer, we were left wondering if Luhrmann would use modern music for the period drama, similar to Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. Now we have an answer. Read on!

The Playlist recently spoke with Adelaide Clemens, who plays Catherine in the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, and she might have been a little too forthcoming about some contemporary artists contributing to the film's soundtrack. The actress says:

"They have some new music that's going to be added to the film. Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don't think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door. I don't know if I'm allowed to say that."

Prince has contributed music to plenty of films from Bat Dance in Tim Burton's Batman to his most recent soundtrack contribution in Happy Feet back in 2006. Meanwhile, Lady Gaga hasn't crafted any original material for a film despite having several songs appear on various film soundtracks. It would be even more interesting if these two joined forces for some original music. Of course, this isn't necessarily a sure thing as both of these artists are quite busy. But it does let us know that there will at least be some modern music in the film as Clemens also said Prince and Lady Gaga was only a sampling of the artists who might be involved. Surely there will be some sort of score as well, but we like this news for the most part. Stay tuned!

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just don't let it sound like the mainstream stuff on the radio nowadays and it won't be too bothersome -_-'

Fidel Reyes on Oct 15, 2012


Hate to be a squared prude but why bother making a period piece if you are going to use contemporary music? Music is a reflection of the time period it's produced in so using it in a period piece movie defeats the purpose and makes the whole endevour kinda off...well if they make new music in the style of music from that period o.k I guess but I don't think electro, dubstep ,gungnam style or whatever the hell kids are listening to these days gonna fit the bill...imho... Flame shield on 😛 ...

Here we go on Oct 15, 2012


i couldn't agree more - period pieces with modern music?.....makes NO sense.

beevis on Oct 15, 2012


Well, we seem to be okay with period pieces having modern effects, cinematography, musical scores, and using modern cameras...but modern music is a problem? I agree, if they turn on the radio and a modern piece of music is playing, that's weird. But movies have scores..and they aren't part of the 'reality' of the film(the characters don't hear the score) so if a modern piece of music is a part of the score, the background music...I don't see how it's a problem. It's presence is likely just trying to convey a mood or feeling, just like any wordless musical score composition would.

Chris Groves on Oct 15, 2012


and I'm not defending Dubstep or a lot of the sub-par modern music that's topping the characters right now, just making a point.

Chris Groves on Oct 15, 2012


chris - using effects, cameras...etc... to bring a given period to life as it existed at that time has nothing to do with using music that doesn't belong in that time. as far as your comments on the music aspect -no, i don't want rap or lada gaga (or whatever other modern music) as the score to a movie with a story from the 1920's. and to convey the proper mood - they need music from that time. check out "boardwalk empire" on HBO for what i'm talking about - it's excellent.

beevis on Oct 15, 2012


Luhrmann used modern music in Moulin Rouge (which technically is a period piece) and it worked really well, so I'm willing to give it a shot in Gatsby. It really depends on the scene it gets used in...for the party scenes, for instance - I liked the use of the music in the trailer although it was modern against the period picture.

Emma on Oct 15, 2012


sorry - i can't comment on that film. i didn't like the cast and the story didn't particularly interest me. i can say i did NOT like the use of the music in gatsby trailer. we'll just have to disagree on this.

beevis on Oct 15, 2012


I am up for some detroit techno in that bitch.

Chippa on Oct 15, 2012


Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet

masterdebater on Oct 15, 2012


This is Baz Luhrmann. Was there a doubt, audiences will be listening to modern artists at least if not modern music.

Me_Or_Something_Like_Me on Oct 15, 2012


Umm. Do you mean 'Gatsby'?

GrammarSlammerBammer on Oct 15, 2012


you people need to check your grammar before u post your articles.

truong18 on Oct 15, 2012


Itz "them iz" not "them arz"

Chippa on Oct 15, 2012

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