Young and rapidly rising star Carey Mulligan (“Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps,” “Never Let Me Go”) is about to add another major role to her resume. Baz Luhrmann has just picked her to play Daisy in his onscreen adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” - 1922′s classic novel that dissects the american dream through mores and relationships of the rich and famous during the Jazz Age.
Director of “Moulin Rouge” and “Romeo + Juliet” has been working on this project for a while now, including holding workshops of the script written by himself and Craig Pierce with Hall, Tobey Maguire and Leonardo Dicaprio penned for the three central parts of Daisy, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby. However just before the weekend Vulture disclosed that Luhrmann was in fact considering several other actresses, including Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson (oh really), Michelle Williams, Blake Lively and Keira Knightley, but was especially interested in Mulligan.
And now she’s actually got the job. Director explained his choice to Deadline: “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, 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.’”
While it must have been quite a dissapointment to some of the actresses who tried out for the role, Luhrmann’s choice is really not that surprising. Mulligan’s immaculate performance in “An Education” showed her as a perfect period peice girl – aristocratic, intelligent, modest, charming and just sufficiently retro.
In the meantime director must continue to work on his cast, for instance find actors to play Daisy’s husband Tom and his mistress – Hall, perhaps?