Just to give you an idea of how ridiculous casting roundups can be-- just eleven days ago, news broke that Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson were all in the mix to play Daisy in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" with the director apparently keen on Natalie Portman. Fast-forward less than two weeks later and now apparently Carey Mulligan, not named in any previous reports, is the frontrunner. Great job, internet.
Vulture reports that the Brit actress -- who is part of the aforementioned roster of actresses that get linked to everything, all the time -- is reportedly the favorite to land the part as the previous number one choice, Scarlett Johansson, will have a scheduling conflict as she will be shooting Cameron Crowe's "We Bought A Zoo" late next spring and 'Gatsby' is eying a start date roughly around the same time.
Mulligan is a fine choice we suppose, and we certainly won't complain if she's cast, but what is wrong with Rebecca Hall? We're kind of bummed her name has pretty much disappeared after being the first actress linked to the part. If there is any actress we would love to see vaulted into the A-list, it's her, but alas, her breakout role will have to wait.
Of course, it doesn't need to be said that nothing is set in stone yet. The project has already seen two "top candidates" (Johansson and Portman) so anything can happen. It's a big leap from being interested to signing on the dotted line, but we'll see how this one plays out. But Mulligan as a free wheeling jazz age girl? Sure, we can definitely see it.