Rapper Jay-Z signed on with Australian director Baz Luhrmann to produce and perform on the soundtrack for The Great Gatsby, according to New York Daily News.
Jay-Z signed on as soundtrack executive producer and revealed that other top musical artists will perform on the soundtrack as well. He added that he will bring a modern "jazz age" feel to the film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1925 novel about America's Roaring Twenties. Jay-Z and Kanye West's song No Church in the Wild is also featured in the film's trailers.
Luhrmann called the collaboration with Jay-Z "a credible and natural fit."
"Fitzgerald was a pioneer, famed and controversial for using the then-new and explosive sound called jazz in his novels and short stories-not just as decoration, but to actively tell the story using the immediacy of pop culture," the director said. "And in our age, the energy of jazz is caught in the energy of hip-hop."
He added that not only is Jay-Z "a great artist," but he heard the rapper is also a "great collaborator." Luhrmann said he and Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the lead role in Gatsby, were with Jay-Z in a recording session for No Church in the Wild and saw him in action, and "the collaboration grew from there."
The Great Gatsby soundtrack will be released by Interscope Records later this year, according to IndieWire, and the film will make its international premiere at the 66th annual Cannes Film Festival on May 15 in 3-D. Gatsby stars DiCaprio as Fitzgerald's iconic character Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as his lost love Daisy, Toby Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway, Joel Edgerton and Jason Clarke.
The film will open in the U.S. on May 10.
Watch the official trailer for The Great Gatsby below.