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Baz Luhrmann May Get Prince, Lady Gaga For Great Gatsby Soundtrack

Baz Luhrmann is back in the laboratory to tinker with his adaptation of The Great Gatsby now that Warner Bros. has delayed the film’s opening from December to May 10, 2013. And one of the places where he’s likely to tweak his finished product is the soundtrack, where track selections can drastically change the mood of a given scene. Which artists will Luhrmann be contemplating for his Gatsby score as the movie races through post-production?

According to Adelaide Clemens, Prince and Lady Gaga are on the docket for Luhrmann, and likely are going to be part of the Gatsby soundtrack. The actress plays Catherine in the pending film, and spoke with The Playlist about her involvement while also promoting Silent Hill 3D. Of Gatsby, Clemens said:

“They have some new music that's going to be added to the film. Some pretty huge artists have approached Baz and are writing songs for the film, and I don't think Warner Bros. are going to turn down Prince and Lady Gaga knocking down your door. … I don't know if I'm allowed to say that."

Yet say it, she did. And really, the inclusion of these hot pop artists should come as no surprise. Luhrmann reworked Elton John’s Your Song into a poetic melody for Moulin Rouge!, and tapped such artists as Butthole Surfers and Radiohead for his Romeo and Juliet soundtrack back in 1996. Prince and Lady Gaga easily could come up with songs that enhance Luhrmann’s vision for The Great Gatsby< so look for confirmation from either the director or the studio soon.

That being said, very few of us are going to see The Great Gatsby because there is a Gaga song on the soundtrack. We want to see how Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire contribute to the ensemble. And we want to see how Luhrmann bounces back from the bloated and disappointing Australia. The movie’s coming, and now we might now a little bit more of how it’s going to sound once it gets here.

Sean O’Connell is a journalist and CinemaBlend’s Managing Editor. He's frequently found on Twitter at @Sean_OConnell. ReelBlend cohost. A movie junkie who's Infatuated with comic-book films. Helped get the Snyder Cut released, then wrote a book about it.