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Isla Fisher To Play Myrtle Wilson In Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'

by Kevin Jagernauth
April 19, 2011 6:36 AM
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Update: Deadline reports that due to his schedule with the Tehran hostage thriller "Argo," Ben Affleck won't be able to take the role in "The Great Gatsby."

Isla Fisher isn't exactly known for her dramatic chops. She made her splash in Hollywood as the unhinged Gloria in "Wedding Crashers" and since then has mostly done stuff like "The Pleasure of Your Company," "Definitely, Maybe" and "Confessions of a Shopaholic." That said, she did impress in the underseen thriller "The Lookout" and it looks like she's ready to make a big step away from the gigs that typically earn her payday.

THR reports that Fisher is in negotiations to join Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby." The bound-to-be-epic adaptation already has Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan set to star in the film about malaise and discontent among the well-heeled during Prohibition. She will take on the role of Myrtle Wilson who has an affair with the still-to-be cast Tom Buchanan (Ben Affleck has been in talks) before (SPOILER ALERT) dying in a car crash.

It's an interesting bit of casting; Fisher certainly doesn't have the deep dramatic resumé of her co-stars but she's got the talent to pull it off, though we think it'll depend on who winds up playing Tom. Ben Affleck? We're not quite sure we dig that casting though it would be a great against-type role for him, and they could definitely both surprise us here.

"The Great Gatsby" is gearing up to shoot later this year possibly in 3D. No release date has been set just yet.

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4 Comments

  • sp | April 19, 2011 9:18 AMReply

    I wish Hugh Jackman was cast as Tom Buchanan.

  • Marcelina | April 19, 2011 7:16 AMReply

    Isla Fisher has an amazing figure. I just love her curves. She’s so shapely. She’s a great example to real women around the country. She proves that curves really are sexy! I’m not skinny, I’m curvy, but I think that’s the best way to be. Womanly. It’s sexy!

    She recently gave birth to her second child and she had six movies for which principal photography was postponed until after she had given birth. I have a lot of respect for any actress who can make studio executives say “We really want her for this part – oh, she’s pregnant? That’s OK, we’ll wait.” and not just give the role to someone else.

  • Kevin Jagernauth | April 19, 2011 7:04 AMReply

    Uh, this is a much different kind of boor. Unless in some unabridged version of the book Tom Buchanan goes around paddling people on the ass.

  • A. Campbell | April 19, 2011 7:02 AMReply

    Ever heard of a little movie called DAZED AND CONFUSED? Affleck was plenty credible as a masculine boor there.

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