Hollywood is rounding up the usual suspects for the female lead in the upcoming big screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby, the film based on the classic novel of the same name written by F. Scott Fitzgerald from 1925. According to Deadline, a who’s who of actresses have been named as serious contenders for the part including Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Rachel Hall, and Michelle Williams.
In late December it was announced that Australian director Bahz Luhrmann would helm The Great Gatsby. If you remember, the book was previously adapted in 1974 with Robert Redford, Mia Farrow, and Bruce Dern playing the three main roles. This incarnation could feature Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire as the male leads Jay Gatsby and narrator Nick Carraway. Hall recently read for the part of Daisy Buchanan, Jay’s love interest and Nick’s cousin.
Luhrmann definitely wants DiCaprio and Maguire to play the men, but he’s looking for a little more in terms of Daisy. Besides the aforementioned actresses he’s also got his eye on Amanda Seyfried, Abbie Cornish, and Blake Lively. Out of this bunch, Portman and Williams seem to have the upper hand in our eyes. Nothing against the other ladies but aesthetically and talent-wise they seem like better choices.
Who do you think should play Daisy in the film? Who has the upper hand in this fight?