'Chicago Code' Star Jason Clarke Joins Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'

June 13, 2011
Source: THR

Great Gatsby / Jason Clarke

With a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton, it's hard to think that the cast of Baz Lurhmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby could get any better. However, with plenty of free time following the tragic cancellation of the fantastic crime drama series "The Chicago Code," THR reports star Jason Clarke has also signed on to star in the film. Though he put on a hell of a Chicago accent while on the one-season run of the stellar police drama, Clarke actually hails from Australia, so it's no surprise that Luhrmann, being a filmmaker from Down Under, wanted Clarke involved.

Clarke will play George Wilson, husband of Myrtle (Fisher) and the man integral to the climax of the novel's story. DiCaprio plays the title character Jay Gatsby while Maguire plays Nick Carraway (who is also the narrator of the classic novel), Mulligan plays the lovely Daisy Buchanan, and Edgerton plays her husband Tom Buchanan. With this cast and Luhrmann at the helm, this should be quite the definitive adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's seminal novel. Warner Bros and Village Roadshow are developing, with production set to start down in Australia this fall. I can't wait to see how it all turns out. How about you?

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