Wed, 13 Mar 2013 11:50:00 GMT | By Rajesh Kumar Singh, Glamsham Editorial

Amitabh Bachchan to walk Cannes red carpet for THE GREAT GATSBY

It was the Bachchan bahu Aishwarya Rai Bachchan who has been gracing the Cannes red carpet all these years. This year it is the turn of the pa-in-law to do the honours. Amitabh Bachchan will be walking the Cannes red carpet on the opening night of the 66th Festival de Cannes on 15th May, 2013, that opens with THE GREAT GATSBY, a film he has acted in. He will be joined by the Hollywood glitterati and his co-actors Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Joel Edgerton, and the film's Australian director and his friend Baz Luhrmann. The film will play out of competition and will have its red carpet premiere at the Grand The�tre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals. Apart from these stars, the American pop star, rapper Jay-Z, will also be joining the opening ceremony. Bachchan's presence at Cannes is also significant since the numero uno film festival is celebrating the 100th year of Indian cinema by according India the status of the guest country this year.

Adapted from the famous novel by American author Francis Scott Fitzgerald and set against the roaring twenties on the East Coast of the United States, THE GREAT GATSBY depicts the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, whose husband is played by Joel Edgerton.

Commenting on the selection of the film as the festival opener, Baz Luhrmann said, "It is a great honor for all those who have worked on THE GREAT GATSBY to open the Cannes Film Festival. 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 St. Raphael."

Produced by Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the film was scripted by Baz Luhrmann and his faithful co-screenwriter Graig Pearce, based on Fitzgerald's 1925 novel.

The film will be screened in 3D - for the second time during the history of the Festival, following UP by Pete Docter, in 2009. On the same day the Festival gets underway - Wednesday 15th May - THE GREAT GATSBY will also open in cinemas nationwide. Both in France and internationally, the film will be distributed in 2D and 3D by Warner Bros. Pictures and in certain regions by Village Roadshow Pictures.

Born in 1962 in Australia, Baz Luhrmann has twice been honoured by the Festival de Cannes for STRICTLY BALLROOM (Un Certain Regard in 1992) and for Moulin Rouge! at the 54th Festival, in 2009, at an opening which is unlikely to be forgotten any time soon.

Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby) has rarely been seen on the Croisette. He returns to Cannes for the first time since the 2007 presentation of The 11th Hour, a documentary on ecological issues which the actor himself produced.

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