The American classic by F. Scott Fitzgerald may be getting an update if Australian director Baz Lurhmann has his way...
Casting news from THR:
Carey Mulligan has been officially offered the role of Daisy Buchanan, the starring female role in Baz Luhrmann’s (Moulin Rouge, Australia) adaptation of The Great Gatsby, set up at Columbia.
Luhrmann has been meeting with actors and conducting table reads over the past couple of months in order to find the right mix for his cast, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire pegged to play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carraway, respectively.
Update: Joel Edgarton has been cast as Tom Buchanan, Daisy's husband
In the novel set in the moneyed society of 1920 Long Island, N.Y., Buchanan is Gatsby’s love, a shallow woman whom Gatsby lost due to his being poor.
According to reports, Mulligan received a phone call from Luhrmann, who told her she won the part, while on the red carpet the Fashion Council Awards in New York.
Baz said regarding the film: "If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on money,' they're not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time they'd be willing to. People will need an explanation of where we are and where we've been, and 'The Great Gatsby' can provide that explanation."
Update (March 2011): Baz Luhrmann still planning to film movie but not right away