When you hear the name Amy Winehouse, one doesn’t automatically think of Beyonce, but now Baz Luhrmann’s bridging those two musical acts together as Beyonce is set to cover Amy Winehouse for The Great Gatsby.
The film adaptation from the novel of the same title is sure to have a booming soundtrack if nothing else. Jay-Z is currently serving as executive producer for Luhrmann’s soundtrack, which is a no-brainer on Beyonce’s inclusion. In addition to Beyonce’s vocals on the Amy Winehouse cover, Andre 3000 from OutKast is lending his hand to the collaboration of the “Back to Black” cover.
While we aren’t sure if the cover will be in the same style of its originator, it’s sure to sound interesting to say the least. It definitely seems to have the quirky edge the rest of the soundtrack has. Earlier reports came out that Lady Gaga and Prince were also contributing to the album, and with Jay-Z and Kanye’s “No Church In The Wild” playing against the period piece filled with vibrant colors, Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is sure to be a treat for the ears and eyes.
Luhrmann’s unique take on the F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel stars Leonardo DiCaprio in the main role, with Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton rounding out the ensemble cast. The film is currently schelduled to open the Cannes Film Festival on May 15, which is considered a blessing since The Great Gatsby originally had a prime December release date for last year’s Oscar ceremony before it was pushed back to a dead-end May date.
The synopsis for The Great Gatsby is as follows:
“From the uniquely imaginative mind of writer/producer/director Baz Luhrmann comes the new big screen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby. The filmmaker will create his own distinctive visual interpretation of the classic story, bringing the period to life in a way that has never been seen before, in a film starring Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role.”
In case you’re not familiar with Amy Wine’s “Back to Black” here’s a video of the original song by the late singer: