Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Carey Mulligan to star in The Great Gatsby

Deadline has the scoop, that 25 year old British star Carey Mulligan has been chosen to play Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of the F.Scott Fitzgerald literary classic The Great Gatsby.

According to the report, Mulligan was on the reception line for The Fashion Council Awards in New York when she got the call on her cell phone from Luhrmann and she burst into tears on the red carpet.

Luhrmann told Deadline "The results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very encouraging," “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.’”
The photograph is of Carey auditioning for the role of Daisy Buchanan in New York City on November 2nd.

Some of the other actresses apparently considered for the role included Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman

Leonardo DiCaprio is still on board to star as Jay Gatsby, with Tobey Maguire expected to take on the role of Nick Carraway.


  1. how do guys like carey mulligan and andrew garfield get all the breaks?

  2. Super-talented, good-looking and success breeds success.

  3. How did the facebook director and the "never let me go" director know garfield's the next big thing? And I was shocked when Garfield got the Spiderman gig.

    the UK has so many talented young actresses, but Carey is cornering all the big hollywood roles. Good for her. But Juno Temple should get a shot at fame too.

  4. It was by getting those roles that Garfield became the next big thing! He was well regarded after his roles in Boy A and Red Riding, he was cast in Never Let Me Go right at the beginning of 2009 (when he wasn't especially well-known) and then that success (and talent) breeds more success...and publicity!

    Juno's been fantastically busy over the last couple of years with many films still to come out. She's younger and slightly more "edgy" than Mulligan. Give her a couple more years and she'll be nabbing the major roles too.

  5. And Garfield was already being recognised in acting circles for his talent well before 2009.

    He was in the first stage production of the highly acclaimed Chatroom (alongside other rising stars like Matt Smith and Andrea Riseborough) http://bit.ly/9RA9MC.

    He won the Milton Shulman Award for Outstanding Newcomer at the 2006 Evening Standard Theatre Awards.

    Shared the 2007 London Theatre Critics Circle Most Promising Newcomer Award with Connie Fisher.

    Won the 2004 Manchester Evening News Most Promising Newcomer Theatre Award for his performance in "Kes" at the Royal Exchange Theatre, Manchester.

    2008: Named as one of European films' Shooting Stars by the European Film Promotion Board.

    One of Variety Magazine's '10 Actors to Watch' (2007).

    This is how casting directors spot (and recommend) young and up-and-coming talent.