'Flipped' Star Callan McAuliffe Joining Baz Luhrmann's 'Great Gatsby'
The actor showed some true talent with his turn in the charming coming-of-age romance Flipped and even pulled his weight in I Am Number Four (even if the film wasn't all that impressive). Now young Callan McAuliffe is poised to make his star rise a little higher as Variety reports the actor will play a young Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel The Great Gatsby. With Leonardo DiCaprio playing the older version of the titular character, McAuliffe certainly has his work cut out for him to measure up to the caliber of the elder Gatsby, but I think he's got the talent to pull it off.
In addition, EW has learned that model Gemma Ward, who most recently played the creepy mermaid queen in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, has also landed a role in the adaptation. It's not known what character she'll play, but The New York Observer points out that she could end up playing Catherine, Myrtle Wilson’s sister who accompanies Nick Carraway and Tom Buchanan to the party at the McKee’s apartment on Fifth Avenue. It would be a fitting role for the model-turned-actress, but we'll have to wait for official confirmation. Either way, with Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Joel Edgerton also involved, you can't deny the power of this cast.