When the first previews of Baz Lurhmann's sure-to-be-opulent adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel about decadence and love in the Roaring Twenties, many felt it a tad odd that the Kayne West and Jay-Z track "No Church In The Wild" was blaring in the background. Well, apparently Mr. Lurhmann had a clear reason for this, as it was announced today that Jay-Z will executive produce and contribute to the film's soundtrack. The official statement said that:
"Luhrmann and Jay-Z were introduced by Leonardo DiCaprio (Jay Gatsby), and this led to a two-year collaborative effort," the statement says. "During this time, Jay-Z worked with Luhrmann and his team to capture, translate and contrast the feelings of Fitzgerald's decadent era with that of our own, using hip-hop and jazz, music contemporary and period, to bring two distinct American moments to simultaneous life."
Lurhmann then shared another wild little tidbit saying,""Leonardo and I were lucky enough to be present in a recording session over two years ago as Jay-Z was recording 'No Church in the Wild,' and the collaboration grew from there." Wild, right? Ahhh to be a Gatsby...
The film, which also stars Ilsa Fisher, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire, comes to theaters May 10th. No release date for the soundtrack has been announced. Watch the "No Church In The Wild" featuring trailer below: