'The Great Gatsby' Set to Open 2013 Cannes Film Festival

The Great Gatsby to open 2013 Cannes Film FestivalThis doesn't make any sense, but I guess it means my first day at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival won't involve seeing a film as it has been announced Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby will open the 66th Festival de Cannes despite the fact it opens five days earlier in the U.S. If you can explain that one to me, be my guest.

I guess, since it opens in France the same day as opening night is the reasoning for the decision, but the fact it will already be in U.S. theaters seems to lessen the impact in my opinion.

Of course, the film won't be playing in competition so it hardly matters and is merely a case of getting stars such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton on the red carpet. The Hollywood Reporter also notes rapper Jay-Z and Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan also will also attend the premiere.

Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge! opened the festival in 2009 and his debut feature, Strictly Ballroom, was a part of the Un Certain Regard selection in 1992.

  • http://www.smartfilm.blogspot.com SmartFilm

    Yeah certainly an interesting tactic here. At least that probably is shows that they have a lot of faith in Great Gatsby.

  • Bat

    Small mistake: Moulin Rouge opened Cannes in 2001

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Grasshopper/ Grasshopper

    I hope it's a good film because it has such a great cast and was a great book. And if its opening Cannes, it's promising that it'll be good.

    • Nick

      Robin Hood and The Da Vinci Code opened Cannes too.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS

        I realize I'm in the minority on this, but I think Robin Hood is a good film.

        • http://cineenuruguay.blogspot.com/ Driver

          Same here, I think its a good film, maybe a little long but it's at least passable.

        • Winchester

          It kind of is a minority opinion but I also think it's a better film than it usually gets given credit for. Although I do have a couple of issues with the third act. I also tend to go with the Director's Cut on Blu Ray that irons out a couple things.

        • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

          I also think that Robin Hood is a good film, if long.

      • Anna

        Yeah , and if I remember correctly so did Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal skull...

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Xarnis/ Xarnis

      Robin Hood was good, but not great. But both of those films were not well received by most, so that could easily happen to Gatsby

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/kylejames182/ kyle coley

    WB what are you doing?

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Adu/ Adu

    Yeah, hopefully it means they are confident of the finished product.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Kessler/ Kessler

    Hopefully this is a sign of confidence. Actually, this is a much better idea than having it released on Christmas Day where it could've failed. Warner Bros. made a smart choice.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/andyluvsfilms/ andyluvsfilms

    not excited about this one but then i dont really know the story, the trailer looks good though

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Cordia/ Cordia

    Strange choice considering the opening date in the U.S..but it is a good sign about the movie i guess

  • http://timeforafilm.com Alex Thomas

    Last four Cannes' opening films:
    Up, Robin Hood, Midnight in Paris, Moonrise Kingdom.

    I'd say that's largely a positive group (boy I love Up and Moonrise Kingdom) so by that logic this should be a promising sign for Gatsby.

    I do find it strange that it will already be out in the USA. No surprise that Australia have to wait until May 30... especially with an Australian director you'd think we might get it at the same time... grrrr,

    • http://hypethemovies.wordpress.com Jordan B.

      Up, Midnight in Paris, and Moonrise Kingdom are among my favorite films of the past few years, so hopefully with Gatsby they aren't just selecting it as the opening night film for the star-studded crowd it will draw but also for the film's quality.

      Given what I've heard about the production and the first cut, though, I'm still not convinced. I guess we'll see in a couple of months.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

        yes, my first thought on this choice is that they wanted to bring out the big guns as far as the for Gatsby cast goes. I do think,though, that Cannes believes it has some merit. I look forward to it either way.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/Corbin/ Corbin

    Despite the fact that it will be open in the US already, the fact that this is opening Cannes has given me even MORE to look forward to. I'm actually reading the book right now, and I really can't wait to see what Luhrmann does with it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AS/ AS


  • Herr Anon

    Well now we have the opening film announced, all we need now is the rest of the line-up to be announced in the next month or so and the Cannes Film Festival ball will begin rolling

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/navaneethks/ navaneethks

    I have better hopes for this movie now. Being a fan of leanordo dicaprio I always expected this movie to be good. And the Cannes news just reassured that. He is careful in his movie selection.

    • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

      DeCaprio usually gives all of himself to his roles. I am a fan of his talent as well. Too bad he seems to be on the wrong side of the Academy's good graces. He really should have some sort of award by now.

      • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture


  • Winchester

    When I went to see Cloud Atlas a couple weeks ago I saw a new trailer for Gatsby that I thought was far better than the previously released one.

    I still expect it to be style over substance as is the norm for Lurhman but it made it look like style that would be worth at least one viewing.

  • Chris138

    I hope the movie is good.

  • http://www.criterion.com/my_criterion/27913-criterion10 Criterion10

    I wonder how this film will turn out. I'm actually reading the book right now in school, and I'm really afraid that Luhrmann is going to butcher it.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/lalecture/ lalecture

    I just read on IMDB that Gatsby has a $127 million budget!! That sounds really high. Wow, it had better do well at the box office to make a profit.

  • http://www.ropeofsilicon.com/profile/AntonioA/ Antonio A

    Critics are sharpening their knives already.

  • http://cinemmaconfessions.com Gautam

    Great to hear that Amitabh Bachchan is going to make it to the festival which I believe will be his first time.

    Watch out for him to steal the show, even though he's hardly for 10 minutes in the film. He will also receive a lot of attention from the media as Bollywood stars are much more popular in Europe than America.

  • Zayden

    Amitabh Bachchan. Yay! He's (and Shah Rukh Khan) actually as big as all of those Hollywood stars, as far as Europe is concerned. But as it is, not expecting the mainstream American media to know that.

    Anyway, as far as the film is concerned, The Cannes opening has upped my expectations just a wee bit.