DiCaprio, Maguire And Hall Workshopping The Great Gatsby With Baz Luhrmann

By Eric Eisenberg 2010-10-18 19:08:38discussion comments
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Australian director Baz Luhrmann has been toying with the idea of adapting one of the greatest novels of all time for years now: F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. A couple weeks ago, word came out that Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire And Amanda Seyfried were being tossed around as possible names for the project, though details were incredibly limited. While Luhrmann did confirm that he has been working on the script, he's not even sure if it will be his next project and didn't address any of the rumored names. Now recent reports are suggesting that two of the names may have been right on target.

Deadline reports that Luhrmann is currently in New York "work shopping" the script with partner Craig Pearce and has brought in actors to read some of the parts? Who, you might ask? Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Rebecca Hall for Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and Daisy, respectively. The article does, however, say that Luhrmann workshops all of his scripts this way and that there is no guarantee that the three actors will be cast (that is, if the film is even made).

Many have tried to adapt Fitzgerald's greatest work for the silver screen (there have been three attempts already), but none have succeeded. While Seyfried certainly isn't a bad actress, Hall is a major upgrade and the project would be even more solid with her involvement. That said, none of it works without a proper script and it's encouraging to hear that Luhrmann wants to make sure of its quality before sending it into production. We may get a proper treatment of the Great American Novel yet.
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