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Carey Mulligan Will Play Daisy In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 16, 2010 2:55 AM
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Project Still Not Officially Baz Luhrmann's Next Film


Update: Deadline have now unveiled an early look at Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan with a photo taken during auditioning in early November.

So this is one of those confirmation stories that still has a question mark attached to it.

Following reports last week that Carey Mulligan was the frontrunner in the gestating "The Great Gatsby" adaptation, director Baz Luhrmann has confirmed to Deadline that he has officially given her the role. "Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: 'Hello, Daisy Buchanan.'"

So hooray, this means production on the film will begin right away right? Not so fast. Despite spending a considerable amount of time work-shopping the film, Luhrmann has not yet figured out all the nuts and bolts to feel confident enough to push the project in front of cameras saying, ""There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film."

Undoubtedly, there is a question of scheduling. Leading man Leonardo DiCaprio (as Jay Gatsby) will be tied up in the early part of the year on Clint Eastwood's "Hoover" which will begin shooting in January and February and while Eastwood works very quickly, the project will still make a start on "The Great Gatsby" not likely until mid-2011 at the earliest. Luhrmann also has a New York based musical on his potential slate and if he can't overcome whatever hurdles he still sees in 'Gatsby' he could change directions and focus entirely.

Tobey Maguire (as Nick Carraway) is also expected to be joining the film, though the roles of Daisy's husband Tom, their social companion Jordan Baker, Tom's mistress Myrtle Wilson and her gas station owner husband George are all still yet to be cast. So one obstacle has been cleared but it appears there are still a few more on the path before "The Great Gatsby" can go into production.

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6 Comments

  • jingmei | October 31, 2011 6:44 AMReply

    Till after around one year's today, still hasn't come out this project. (8 For sure Carey Mulligan is just attractive to everyone of us folks, no matter she stars in any roles.

  • Kim | November 17, 2010 1:05 AMReply

    I love Carey Mulligan, she is a great actress. I am very excited for this project and I enjoy Baz Luhrmann's films and I hope it turns out great. :)

  • LA2000 | November 17, 2010 12:02 AMReply

    Luhrmann's films have all the maturity and emotional honesty of a drag queen after happy hour. There are at least a dozen other directors that could actually do the story justice rather than bury it under what I suspect will be a waterfall of glitter, camp, and garish editorial effects.

    And what's the point of putting someone of Mulligan's calibre in one of his films? You certainly won't be able to appreciate her through all of the forced visual mechanics and sparkly doo-dads. She'll be reduced to a prop.

  • Sam | November 16, 2010 10:29 AMReply

    Really think Nick should be played by an unknown, if they're intent on making this at all. Can't be any worse than the Clayton version,

  • nel | November 16, 2010 6:52 AMReply

    I want to care, I want Baz to be back on form but I just think that the movie will be aesthetically pleasing but will be overwrought and mediorce. I hope I am wrong.

  • T | November 16, 2010 4:09 AMReply

    Great, she is lovely and a very talented actress.

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