First Look At Carey Mulligan As Baz Luhrmann's Daisy Buchanan
If the word that Carey Mulligan was Baz Luhrmann's top choice to play Daisy in his adaptation of The Great Gatsby sounded just about perfect, there's good reason: Luhrmann has confirmed to Deadline that Mulligan has indeed snagged the part, having broken the news to her earlier tonight.
Luhrmann also provided a photo of Mulligan in full Daisy makeup (seen at right), snapped during the screen tests that were shown to the presidents of Sony earlier today. Still, despite the fact that Mulligan is now set to star alongside Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and Tobey Maguire (probably) as Nick Carraway, Luhrmann says he's not 100% sure that Gatsby will be next for him, despite how much fun he had meeting with a long list of actresses to find Daisy:
"There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film. Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: "Hello, Daisy Buchanan."
The best part of all of this may be that Luhrmann called Mulligan on her phone while she was walking the red carpet at the Fashion Council Awards, causing her to burst into tears in front of the likes of Karl Lagerfeld and Anna Wintour. Given how many photographers typically flank these carpets, isn't it only a matter of time before we see shots of Mulligan sobbing into her cell phone? I think that would actually be pretty endearing, if not a little overly private.
As much as I'm convinced that there really can't be a good adaptation of The Great Gatsby for the screen-- it's a perfect novel much more for its writing style than the plot itself-- it's good to see Luhrmann at least assembling a fantastic cast. I can't wait to see the self-possessed and whip-smart Mulligan inhabit the likes of the flighty, shallow Daisy, and especially to see DiCaprio's Gatsby moon over her from the distance across the sound. OK, I'll admit-- I might be excited for this movie despite all the reasons I know to be skeptical. Good casting has that effect on me, I guess.
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