Last week we announced a slew of actresses who were in the running to play the female lead in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Some of the women included Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Rachel Hall, Keira Knightley, and Scarlett Johansson but according to Vulture another British actress has found herself at the head of the pack. Carey Mulligan has become the current front runner to play Daisy Buchanan.
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.
Sources claim that Johansson was very much in the lead to play Daisy, but casting hit a roadblock when she accepted a part in Cameron’s Crowe upcoming film, We Bought a Zoo. It begins production in late spring of next year, while Gatsby is expected to start filming in the summer. She was Luhrmann’s first choice but since the film’s schedules will conflict Mulligan is the next in line.
What do you think of Mulligan playing the role of Daisy?