It didn’t take long for director Baz Luhrmann to get Carey Mulligan on board with his adaptation of the literary classic, The Great Gatsby. Last week we reported that Mulligan had rose to the top of the shortlist of actresses who were in the running for the part of Daisy Buchanan, when Scarlett Johansson became unavailable. Today, the director confirmed to Deadline that Mulligan is his Daisy.
In a statement to Deadline Luhrmann said,
“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.”
As we previously reported:
In late December it was announced that Luhrmann would helm The Great Gatsby. 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 taking on the role of Daisy Buchanan?