Baz Luhrmann’s "The Great Gatsby" Now Has an Official Daisy: Carey Mulligan

11/18/2010 Posted by Admin

Baz Luhrmann’s "The Great Gatsby" Now Has an Official Daisy: Carey Mulligan

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By our guest blogger, Daphne Hernandez

Can Oscar buzz start before an actress actually begins her performance? It seems Baz Luhrmann of "Moulin Rouge!" and "Romeo + Juliet" fame, has finally found his '“Great” woman’ to play the role of Daisy Buchanan 2.0: Carey Mulligan.

Mulligan broke onto the “serious actress” scene just last year and rose to critical acclaim with her Oscar-nominated role in "An Education," sharing the Best Actress category with Hollywood legends Helen Mirren and Meryl Streep. Not too shabby for the British actress, who made her film debut just five years ago in "Pride and Prejudice."

This summer, she stood her own against another legend, Michael Douglas, in Oliver Stone’s "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," which earned the number one spot at the Box Office its opening weekend. Mulligan beat out a laundry list of young Hollywood actresses for the role of Daisy Buchanan, including rumored front-runner Rebecca Hall ("Vicki Cristina Barcelona") and current It-girl Blake Lively ("Gossip Girl," "The Town"). Daisy Buchanan was made famous decades ago by Mia Farrow in the original film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s famous novel.

While there are no start dates for the film’s production, Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo “The Susan Lucci of the Oscars” DiCaprio is linked as the possible titular role, while Toby Maguire is rumored to play Nick Carraway. Luhrmann has not officially decided whether "Gatsby" will be his next project, but there is no doubt the rumblings over this film will not die down anytime soon.

This may not be the fantasy of Martin Scorsese’s Gatsby with Vinny Chase in the lead that Entourage teased me with once upon a season finale. However, I’m anxious to see what Luhrmann’s stylized mind comes up with; who else can pit “Smells Like Teen Spirit” in a Burlesque musical and get away with it?


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