Leo’s Going to Cannes

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The Great Gatsby, the much-delayed adaptation starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan, will open the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, its organizers announced Tuesday.

“It is a great honor for all those who have worked on ‘The Great Gatsby’ to open the Cannes Film Festival,” director Baz Luhrmann said. “We are thrilled to return to a country, place and festival that has always been so close to our hearts, not only because my first film ‘Strictly Ballroom’ was screened there 21 years ago, but also because 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-Raphaël.”

The film, of course, is based on the classic Jazz Age novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald, about a self-made millionaire (DiCaprio) and his quest for money and love.

Mulligan plays his married love interest, Daisy Buchanan.

The film, which was shot in 3-D, was originally supposed to open last Christmas. It will now hit theaters nationwide on May 10, five days before its premiere in Cannes.

Lurhmann previously opened Cannes in 2001 with his Oscar-winning musical Moulin Rouge!

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