Keira Knightley, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson In Mix For 'Great Gatsby'

by Kevin Jagernauth
November 1, 2010 6:59 AM
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Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively & Abbie Cornish Also In Contention



Do these names seem familiar? Yep, its the go-to crop of actresses that seem to circle every major project and you've probably seen them crop up as potential leads for Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" and Ridley Scott's "Alien" prequel. So not really much of a surprise then that another high profile project, Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" now has these usual contenders being linked to the part of Daisy. If you had asked us to guess what names would be considered, these faces probably would've been right up there.

Deadline reports that while Baz Luhrmann is pretty much set on Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire for the male leads of Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway after workshopping the script with them, he's still not set on his Daisy -- who has been read by Rebecca Hall -- and is eager to hear some different actresses try the part on for size. The contenders are expected to fly into New York in the coming weeks to read opposite DiCaprio.

Among the names being batted around are Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried (previously linked to the project), Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson but Luhrmann is apparently keen on Natalie Portman and no surprise there. She was also considered a top contender for "Gravity" and "Alien" and will continue to be sought after for any project requiring a young female lead. Portman obviously has a lot of heat on her right now thanks to her excellent turn in Darren Aronofsky's "Black Swan" but having recently turned down both "Gravity" and "Pride And Prejudice And Zombies" it appears she's being very selective with her next part.

Luhrmann was said to be choosing between 'Gatsby' and a New York-set musical for his next film, but this one seems to have taken frontrunner status. The project is currently set up at Sony.

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7 Comments

  • ALC - Australia | March 10, 2011 10:29 AMReply

    Mr. Luhrmann,
    I live in Australia and I am a powerful professional singer - who has the ability to send shivers up your spine.
    I am also an actress who has amazing energy.
    I have the capacity to capture my audience and make them feel what I feel.
    Is your decision set in stone?
    alc1@live.com.au

  • Mike | November 12, 2010 9:01 AMReply

    Anne Hathaway should be Jordan Baker!

  • BradZuhl | November 2, 2010 2:36 AMReply

    You've got to go with the best actress and hands down that would be Michelle Williams.

  • austin111 | November 2, 2010 2:25 AMReply

    Portman may have a stranglehold on the role if she wants it. She also auditioned opposite DiCaprio for Romeo and Juliet. Luhrman was sold on her then except for one problem -- she seemed much too young against DiCaprio at the time and he feared it might seem like he was robbing the cradle. It'd be interesting to see that audition because she was apparently really something with plenty of chemistry going on.

  • sp | November 1, 2010 11:06 AMReply

    Wow ! scriptgrrl, now that was very funny ! Your words are so true ! !

  • scriptgrrl | November 1, 2010 9:05 AMReply

    You forgot Carey Mulligan and Noomi Rapace. Their publicists work overtime to get them mentioned in every go-to list!

  • Edward Davis | November 1, 2010 8:06 AMReply

    uhh, what the hell is wrong with Rebecca Hall?

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