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Jay-Z Producing Score for Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood January 2, 2013 at 1:41PM

The first two trailers for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," both featuring the pulsing hip-hop beats of Kanye West-Jay-Z collaboration "Watch the Throne," let us know that this will be no ordinary F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation...
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Poster detail for "The Great Gatsby"
Poster detail for "The Great Gatsby"

The first two trailers for Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby," both featuring the pulsing hip-hop beats of Kanye West-Jay-Z collaboration "Watch the Throne," let us know that this will be no ordinary F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation. Sure enough, it was revealed on Twitter today that Jay-Z is producing the score for the film.

Musician Jeymes Samuel, who is singer and producer for the band The Bullitts, tweeted that he and the legendary rapper are "working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC The Great Gatsby."

The film's official composer is Craig Armstrong ("Moulin Rouge," "Love Actually," "Ray"), so the extent of Jay-Z and Samuel's musical contribution remains to be seen.

"The Great Gatsby" may have box office woes upon its May 10 release. The film was originally slated to hit theaters this past December, but Warner Bros. opted to pull it out of the line of Oscar fire. Instead it will contend with fanboy tentpoles.

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.