Carey Mulligan Now Frontrunner for Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'
Over a month ago we reported on some tasty casting rumors, courtesy of Prod Weekly, for Baz Luhrmann's highly anticipated new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's roaring 20s novel The Great Gatsby. We haven't heard any confirmations on any of them yet, but Vulture is reporting that things now coming together. Word is that Carey Mulligan is "now the front-runner to play effervescent East Egg–er, Daisy Buchanan." The original rumor said Leonardo DiCaprio would be playing Jay Gatsby, which seems locked, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Amanda Seyfried as Daisy Buchanan, but it looks like Luhrmann wants Mulligan instead.
However, the Oscar nominated star of An Education and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps isn't the only one Luhrmann has his eye on. Apparently Scarlett Johansson also tested in New York last week, and is "still very much being considered." Then she went and got herself cast in that Cameron Crowe movie, so they may just go with Mulligan anyway because those shooting schedules would overlap. So obviously this isn't solid casting and should be taken as just a rumor for now, but it sounds like it's Ms. Mulligan's gig if she wants it. This is an interesting project for Baz Luhrmann to follow-up Australia with, but it sounds like he's fully into it, holding workshops and so on. I still love Carey Mulligan and think she's a fine choice for nearly any role.