Carey Mulligan Officially Joining Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'
Last week, before the weekend came along, we found out that the charming Carey Mulligan had become the frontrunner for Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Back when we first heard about Luhrmann's take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, Amanda Seyfried had been mentioned for the part. Then names like Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson were in the running. However, Deadline has heard from director Baz Luhrmann himself that Mulligan is indeed his Daisy Buchanan. In a rare occasion, the filmmaker even provided a rehearsal picture of Mulligan all made-up in character which you can see below.
Apparently the actress just found out about her casting while in the reception line for The Fashion Council Awards in New York when she got the call on her cell phone from Luhrmann. Despite being in the presence of Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour (who was prominently featured in the documentary The September Issue), Mulligan burst into tears right there on the red carpet, and that just makes me fall in love with her even more. Here's what Luhrmann had to say about his workshops with actors while searching for his cast and how he broke the news to Ms. Mulligan:
"The results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very encouraging. There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film. 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.'"
It sounds like Luhrmann is simply being cautious, and is well aware that the next project isn't officially the next project until he's on set shooting. But with casting going so well, and all the pieces coming together, it's a safe bet that The Great Gatsby will be the next project we see from Baz Luhrmann. It seems like DiCaprio is all but official, and Tobey Maguire seems to pretty much be locked as well. In addition there are plenty of other roles to be cast, so while Luhrmann has some hard work ahead of him, this isn't a bad start. Until we hear more, check out the first look photo below and stay tuned for any updates! What do you guys think?