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DiCaprio, Maguire and Seyfried Rumored for 'The Great Gatsby'

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October 1, 2010
Source: Production Weekly

DiCaprio / Maguire / Seyfried

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.

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  • snitch robinson
    didn't scorsese already make this movie?
  • Xerxex
    it'll be good to see DiCaprio and McGuire in the same film together, the two seem to have a strong friendship off screen, perhaps that chemistry will follow to the silver screen.
  • Patrick Harley
    Sorry, but that run down of the storyline is kind of wrong. Nick doesn't start a love affair with Daisy - she's his cousin. It's Gatsby who craves Daisy and climbs the social ladder all in order to try and get her. Ultimately, it is his wealth that is his downfall, cementing the book's critique of the American Dream.
  • Jake
    Leo as Jay Gatsby is clever although honestly, this is a role I'd love to see tackled by Brad Pitt. Could this be because of his striking resemblance to Robert Redford who previously portrayed the character? Maybe. Ultimately though, I don't have a problem with Leo being cast and his working with Baz Luhrman before leads it to make even more sense. My main issue, and I may be totally on my own with this, is that I really don't want to see Tobey McGuire play Nick Carraway. He's really one of only 2 or 3 characters in the story I like and I really don't like Tobey that much. I really like Baz Luhrman though, so I guess we'll see.
  • Jake
    Also, yeah. That synopsis is just a bit off. Haha.
  • Dude
    Leo works and Tobey could really capture nick but seyfried, whilst talented is too young to be a decent foil for Leo... But luhrman is a legend so could still be awesome!!
  • SkaOreo
    While I liked the book, I wasn't a fan of the Robert Redford film. Hopefully this is a much better film adaptation.
  • Jordan
    i think the casting is dead on, i can almost picture the movie in my head.
  • Thanks for pointing out that mistake. Just flip flipped the character names. Obviously that would make for quite the different story. Cheers!
  • bubba b
    I've got to say I think Vincent Chase would be great in this! Any chance Baz would be replaced by Scorsese?
  • zzz
    Classic story, great cast.
  • Guy
    This casting sounds amazing.
  • beavis
    this is great news. i'd love to see it.
  • Kevin
    I'm OK with the cast but Baz Luhrman needs to keep his hands off of this... he is the WORST!!!!
  • Sho
    Didn't Vinnie Chase already star in this?
  • Leedumet916
    gatsby should be played by a unknown actor, it would bring more mystery to gatsby's character. why always use A list stars.

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