Jay-Z has added a new hat to ever growing list of job titles. This time it’s executive producer. The rapper/industry mogul is going to produce the soundtrack to Baz Luhrmann’s remake of the F. Scott Fitzgerald classic novel, “The Great Gatsby.” The film is slated to land in the U.S. May 10 before it opens the Cannes Film Festival on May 15.
According to a statement made by the films producers, Jay’s an executive producer on the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic. His job includes “procuring, performing, producing and arranging for a soundtrack featuring some of the world’s top musical artists.”
The rapper’s efforts to that end coincide with those of composer Craig Armstrong, who crafted the movie’s score.
The statement also reveals that Jay and Luhrmann were introduced by “Gatsby’s” Leonardo DiCaprio, who portrays the “Great” character at the center of the tale.
“As soon as I spoke with Baz and Leonardo, I knew this was the right project,” Jay said. “‘The Great Gatsby’ is that classic American story of one’s introduction to extravagance, decadence and illusion. It’s ripe for experimentation and ready to be interpreted with a modern twist. The imagination Baz brought to ‘Moulin Rouge’ made it a masterpiece, and ‘Romeo + Juliet’s’ score wasn’t just in the background; the music became a character. This film’s vision and direction has all the makings of an epic experience.”