On December 31, it was announced Jay-Z has been officially hired as the composer for 'The Great Gatsby', the latest adaption of the classic novel by F. Scott Fitzgerald.
As reported, he has replaced Craig Armstrong as the composer. Armstrong's name was listed in the film's trailer thus far, though a Jay-Z song--as well as a few others--have been heard in the trailers as well.
The film is based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, and stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Carey Mulligan. It follows the protagonist, Nick Carraway, and his interactions with the rich and powerful Jay Gatsby. Gatsby yearns for love, as well as power and respect; it is the defining novel of the Roaring Twenties, showing all that was good and all that was wrong.
Previously, Craig Armstrong--a Baz Luhrmann regular--was reported as the composer. He has previously scored 'Australia' and 'Moulin Rouge', resulting in great acclaim.
'The rapper is, apparently, hard at work to accomplish the task with another artist, who goes by the name The Bullitts,' Greg Gilman writes for The Wrap. The Bullitts, it is also written, broke the news on Twitter with the tweet:
'Jay-Z and myself have been working tirelessly on the score for the upcoming #CLASSIC 'The Great Gatsby.'
As evidenced by the trailers, they will most likely not be scoring the film is the style of a 20s film. Very modern styles of music and song will be used--something like the collage that was 'Moulin Rouge'.
For more information, visit http://www.thewrap.com/movies/article/jay-z-composing-original-score-great-gatsby-71006 and http://www.ign.com/articles/2013/01/01/jay-z-will-score-the-great-gatsby.