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Tuesday, November 16, 2010

It's official: Carey Mulligan will play Daisy

After weeks of speculation, director Baz Luhrmann announced today that Carey Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan in his adaptation of the Great Gatsby...

"I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation," said Luhrmann, who also considered Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Abbie Cornish
and Keira Knightley for the part.

"However, specific to this particular production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, 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,’” said Luhrmann.

She'll star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in the movie roles played in 1974
by Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

What do you think of Carey in this role?

(Photos, above by Mikael Jansson for Interview Magazine.)


Blogger Jennifer said...

I think I can see her as Daisy well before I can see DiCaprio as Gatsby!

November 16, 2010 at 2:56 PM  
Blogger Casee Marie said...

Aww, yay! I heard just yesterday that she was in consideration and I was so excited. It's nice to see the part going to someone a little fresher. I love Scarlett and Keira, et all, but I feel like they're routine choices. Carrie's charm is quite refreshing.

November 16, 2010 at 3:00 PM  
Blogger The Gourmet Traveller said...

Brilliant - I can't wait! She's a wonderful actress with such nuance... love her.

November 16, 2010 at 3:12 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

As someone (forget her name) wrote in The Guardian yesterday: can't be done. I love Carey, et al.

GG cannot be filmed & I usually say, heck, film things but change them because you have to. Can't be done. I repeat. Many of us who have made Gatsby a big part of our lives, professionally & otherwise, know this & it's just going to be a disaster in terms of the novel.


November 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM  
Blogger Giulia said...

Here it Sarah Churchwell. I'd spit it out but she does such a terrific job, why bother:)

November 16, 2010 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Molly McGonigle said...

I'm so excited about it. I think she'll do a great job in this role!

November 16, 2010 at 5:33 PM  
Blogger Mary said...

I love it, and I agree that it probably won't be true to the novel, but as long as you accept that, I'm hoping for a good movie!

November 16, 2010 at 5:56 PM  
Blogger Isabelle Lafleche said...

Fantastic! Looking forward to this adaptation of one of my favorite novels.

November 16, 2010 at 6:34 PM  
Blogger My Dog-Eared Pages said...

I love her and think it's a brilliant decision. ; )

November 16, 2010 at 8:09 PM  
Blogger ☆Vale said...

I loved her in "An Education"...

November 16, 2010 at 11:24 PM  
Blogger Miss Milky said...

She's a wonderful actress, I like her...

November 17, 2010 at 12:21 AM  
Blogger Tonia said...

I agree with Jennifer: Mulligan great choice, diCaprio? Hmmm. But then I don't know who I would cast as Gatsby, he's so personal to everyone who reads and loves the book.

November 17, 2010 at 12:37 AM  
Blogger Dottie said...

she'll make a lovely daisy, can't wait!

ps. I found you through a facebook ad and I'm so happy i did. this is a brilliant blog -- right up my street. consider me your newest follower.


November 17, 2010 at 12:47 AM  
Blogger curious constellation said...

Oh wow, I'm so excited to see this. I think Carey will be brilliant!

November 17, 2010 at 6:40 AM  
Blogger kimberj said...

I think she'll be perfect! Although (yes I know I'm the only one...) but I think Anna Faris should have been considered. Believe it or not, the girl has serious acting chops and with those huge doe eyes could have been quite good.

November 17, 2010 at 9:29 AM  
Blogger Holly Anne said...

Crazy about her... I think she will do great. I can't wait to see this movie!

November 17, 2010 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger mandyface said...

I was JUST thinking the other day that I would love to see a new Great Gatsby film! Crazy awesome! I'm excited about the cast, and Baz Luhrmann, I mean come on, its going to be amazing!!

November 18, 2010 at 11:06 AM  
Blogger little augury said...

Gatsby will be very hard to make, witness 1974, though the costumes were gorgeous.There wasn't any there-there. I just posted on this pick and some thoughts about the potential for the film. I have to read the SC guardian post too. pgt

November 21, 2010 at 9:45 PM  

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