Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan

Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s 3D retelling of The Great Gatsby, which has megastar Amitabh Bachchan in a cameo, will open the 66th Festival de Cannes.

The opening will also be graced “with the presence of Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan”, as well as American rapper Jay-Z, a release said.

Amitabh Bachchan plays the role of Meyer Wolfsheim in his debut Hollywood movie.

Starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role, the film is Luhrmann’s interpretation of F Scott Fitzgerald famous classic and is set against the backdrop of roaring twenties in the US.

The out of competition film will be screened in the Grand Theatre Lumiere of the Palais des Festivals on May 15.

The film revolves around the romantic and tragic figure of Jay Gatsby (DiCaprio), as narrated by his friend Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire). Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan, Gatsby’s love and married to a rich man, played by Joel Edgerton.

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