“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,” Luhrmann said. “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.”
Luhrmann had thrown the net out to quite a few actresses interested in playing Daisy, including Natalie Portman, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Blake Lively, Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Rebecca Hall and Kiera Knightly. Ultimately, after workshopping the film with his potential cast, he chose Mulligan.
Right now, it’s looking like Leonardo DiCaprio will be playing the titular Jay Gatsby, while Tobey Maguire will assume to role of Gatsby’s friend, Daisy’s second cousin and the film’s narrator, Nick Carraway, but Lurhmann has yet to officially confirm this casting. Though Mulligan is much younger than DiCaprio and Maguire, her performances in “An Education” and “Never Let Me Go” that she has great screen presence and is quite capable of holding her own opposite the likes of DiCaprio and Maguire. Plus, if she has Luhrmann’s stamp of approval, who are we to judge?
Do you think that Carey Mulligan was a good casting choice for “The Great Gatsby?