Well, it looks like the star-studded cast of Baz Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby might just get a little bigger—in addition to nabbing Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Macguire as narrator Nick Carraway, and Carrie Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Luhrman just might be able to add Ben Affleck to the cast as Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s husband, if Affleck’s schedule can accommodate it.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, there’s a major conflict in that Luhrman plans on beginning filming in August (in 3D… sigh), while Affleck is aiming to direct the political thriller Argo in September .
Both sides are working to make the schedules work out, so that Affleck can tackle another directorial project, while still allowing Luhrman to utterly destroy a timeless piece of American literature with camp and trendy cinematic gimmicks used by studios to increase ticket prices. Because if there is one thing American moviegoers want to see, it’s a Prohibition-era tale of bootlegging, the decline of the American Dream, and the emptiness at the heart of extreme wealth… in 3D!
No word yet on how Affleck and Luhrman are working to accommodate either person’s shooting schedule.
What would you think of Ben Affleck as Tom Buchanan?