Famously unique BAFTA winning director and producer Baz Luhrmann has applied his signature modern twist to a classic story once again with the trailer release of his upcoming film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 'The Great Gatsby'.
The trailer for the film set in the 1920s opens with scenes of New York City and its numerous outrageous parties, playing in the background is Jay Z and Kanye West's 'No Church in the Wild' from their 2011 album 'Watch the Throne'.
Luhrmann has previously favoured using modern songs in period movies; the soundtrack for his 1996 Shakespeare adaptation 'Romeo + Juliet' included songs from the likes of DES'REE, Radiohead and Garbage. His cabaret style musical 'Moulin Rouge' had its cast perform renditions and medleys of songs originally from a wide variety of artists including Elton John and Christina Aguilera.
Isla Fisher, who stars as Myrtle Wilson in the flick, reveals to MTV that modern music is not just used in the trailers, but is also used to aid the stars acting. 'On my first day, he had JAY-Z pumped up full and we did the entire scene with JAY-Z in our ear on full blast while acting and it was just so liberating', she says. '[Luhrmann] really understands actors and how self-conscious we feel at times. [and] the complexity of being vulnerable every minute when you're acting, and he just makes you feel so safe.'
'The Great Gatsby' is set to hit the screens in December this year (2012).