Well, Obviously: Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’ Might Feature a Contemporary Soundtrack

By  · Published on October 16th, 2012

Well, have you seen Moulin Rouge? In some of the least surprising news of possibly the entire decade, The Playlist has dug up news that Baz Luhrmann’s plagued The Great Gatsby won’t just come with the added gimmick of 3D, but possibly with a Prince and Lady Gaga-heavy soundtrack. You know what, Baz? That’s fine. It’s really fine. It’s certainly better than using 3D to tell the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald story. It’s at least much more predictable.

The outlet sat down with Adelaide Clemens (who co-stars in Luhrmann’s film), and she revealed the news, saying that “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.” Somewhat charmingly, The Playlist pressed her for more confirmation on said artists, and “she confirmed she was referring to the Prince and the Lady Gaga, demurring, ‘I don’t know if I’m allowed to say that.’” Thank goodness Prince has returned to his classic stage name, just imagine how confusing this would be if poor Clemens was trying to convey that (insert symbol here) might be doing some work on the soundtrack.

Ribbing aside, this is actually the best (alleged) news we’ve heard about the film so far. Luhrmann’s films have always been elevated by daring and original soundtracks (again, none so much as Moulin Rouge, though Romeo + Juliet quite easily takes second place in this race), so while we might not agree with the visual direction of the film, we might change our mind thanks to its audio. Also, if you don’t like Prince, you truly need to reconsider that position.

The Great Gatsby will open on May 10, 2013.