While I'm sure that any actor would love to play in a film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby - one of the greatest books ever written - I'd have to imagine that the least in-demand role must be George Wilson. A lowly mechanic with an unfaithful wife who eventually kills himself and the title character, it's not exactly sunshine, rainbows and partying in West Egg. Still, like I said, it is Gatsby, so I have to imagine that Jason Clarke is over the moon right now.
THR reports that the Chicago Code actor has landed the role of George Wilson in Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of the classic novel. He joins a cast that already includes Leonardo DiCaprio (Gatsby), Tobey Maguire (Nick Carraway), Carey Mulligan (Daisy Buchanan), Joel Edgerton (Tom Buchanan) and Isla Fisher (Myrtle Wilson). According to the site, Luhrmann has actively been trying to cast more Australians in the film as doing so will help get the project tax credits during production. Filming is scheduled to commence in the fall.
I'm going to choose to look at it this way: George may be a cuckold who eventually commits murder-suicide, but he did manage to marry someone that looks like Isla Fisher. I;m not entirely sure if he's allowed to complain too much.
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