One day after the submission deadline for the Cannes Film Festival, the festival’s opening film has been announced. Baz Luhrmann’s latest, the Leonardo DiCaprio led adaption of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, is set to open the 66th Cannes Film Festival on May 15.
Baz, known for Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge, and Australia, has a tendency to favor style over substance, a trait he shares with the titular Jay Gatsby. Unfortunately, for this same reason the trailer showcases a saturated visual style which threatens to overshadow the considerable talent acting in the film. We will have to wait until May to see if Baz fumbles the adaptation of Fitzgerald’s masterpiece, but in the interim, check out the trailer above and speculate to its success or failure.