Joel Edgerton is Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'
Back in early April we heard that Ben Affleck was in talks to play Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's 1923 seminal classic novel The Great Gatsby. But then word came later that month that the actor would instead step behind the camera again for Argo, the true story of how the CIA used a fake sci-fi film to rescue Americans during the Tehran hostage crisis. Now it appears Luhrmann has finally found someone to replace Affleck with Deadline reporting Joel Edgerton, an actor who's star has been rising since his turn in Animal Kingdom, has landed the pivotal role in the upcoming adaptation.
On Edgerton's addition to The Great Gatsby cast, Luhrmann states:
"In casting Tom one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."
In the story, Buchanan is married to Daisy (Carey Mulligan), but ends up having an affair with Myrtle (Isla Fisher), the wife of gas station owner George Wilson. The latter role has yet to be filled (as far as we know), and with a cast that already includes Mulligan, Fisher, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Tobey Maguire, the cast can't get much better. As a fan of Luhrmann's take on Romeo + Juliet and the musical Moulin Rouge, I really can't wait to see what he can bring to the table for this new adaptation of the iconic novel. How about you?