DiCaprio, Maguire and Seyfried Rumored for 'The Great Gatsby'
Almost two years ago we heard that director Baz Luhrmann was going to adapt F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. Since then we've heard absolutely nothing about the development of the project. Presuming Luhrmann still holds the rights and is still attached to direct, Production Weekly mentions on Twitter some rumors of the amazing cast he might be putting together. Apparently Leonardo DiCaprio is up for Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire for Nick Carraway and Amanda Seyfried for Daisy Buchanan. For any students reading the classic in school, the adaptation could make things a little more interesting. Read on!
Of course the book itself is a truly spectacular piece of literature that has stood the test of time for good reason. First published in 1925, the story chronicles an era that Fitzgerald himself dubbed the "Jazz Age." It is presented as a recollection of Nick Carraway, a young man from a patrician Midwestern family who lived in New York after graduating from Yale in the early 1920s. Nick declares that, following his father's advice, he avoids judging people: a habit that has caused trouble, exemplified by events concerning a man named Gatsby. Eventually Jay Gastby meets the wealthy Daisy Buchanan and begins a love affair with her which plays out through the remainder of the book. If the rumors are true and Baz Luhrmann is still attached, this sounds like one of the most promising adaptations of a literary classic yet. What do you think?
Update: Over at MTV, Luhrmann did confirm that he's still up for The Great Gatsby, but he'll have to choose between that and another project he's been working on. He says, "The rumors are out! I've got two going. One is a musical and one is a period work, both based in New York City, and I'm about to make that decision. I've got the script for both of them and I'm making that decision in four to six weeks, no longer than six weeks." We'll let you know as soon as he's made his decision and hopefully we'll get more details on this mystery musical sooner or later.