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Baz Luhrmann to Take on the Great Gatsby

Director Baz Luhrmann (Australia, Moulin Rouge, Romeo and Juliet) recently sat down for an interview with the Hollywood Reporter and opened up on all sorts of stuff — including the fact that he has acquired the rights to F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby and feels that now is the perfect time for this "parable for economic disaster." Here's more:

Luhrmann sees the pre-Depression story as a wake-up call as the economy comes crashing down and another Gilded Age, as he sees it, comes to an end.

"If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on money,' they're not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time they'd be willing to."

He added, "People will need an explanation of where we are and where we've been, and The Great Gatsby can provide that explanation."

I'm a fan of Luhrmann's so I can't wait to see what he does with this story. It seems like he might consider Nicole Kidman for the role of Daisy Buchanan, but I wonder if there are other actresses who could do well with the part. Which actors could you see in some of the other roles, like Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and Tom Buchanan? And do you think this classic is in good hands with Luhrmann?


SammyJoeKooid SammyJoeKooid 8 years
First off, daisy was blonde..duhh. but she doesnt have to be blonde cuz movies dont always go by that. and i think Liv Tyler would do a good job as well as Amy Adams...Nicole kidman would suck so would kate bosworth. Gatsby should sooo be played by Robert downey jr.. hes amazing. and why is everyone forgetting Jordan Backer. Charlize Theron would be good,
brainstewerz brainstewerz 8 years
I always imagined Jordan as being played by Cate Blanchett. But at this point they might have to find someone for Daisy, she definitely has to be a brunette, or at most auburn haired, with an hourglass figure. Not too pretty but not too ugly, but definitely very vivacious and able to play someone troubled and confused. We really need some better actresses out auditioning, the hollywood starlets now are all cookie-cutter, bland and shallow. An interesting choice would be Zooey Deschanel, she's definitely out of the ordinary and spunky.
pimprenelle pimprenelle 8 years
Ewwwww not baz luhrmann please!!!! Anyone else!!! And that disgusting botox monster that is Nicole Kidman??? God have mercy! The 74 movie was alright, Redford and Dunaway have awesome chemistry.
reesiecup reesiecup 8 years
exciting! i'll have to re-read the book.
LittleMissVain LittleMissVain 8 years
I agree about Amy Adams for Daisy, she would be PERFECT!!! Somehow I see James McAvoy as Gatsby. I reckon Edward Norton would fit the role nicely too, but he seems to old, Gatsby is supposed to be about 28.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 8 years
I loved this book and the 1974 movie version was great too, but I think Baz could make a decent remake of it. As long as he doesn't cast Nicole Kidman...I like her, but she is too old for the role of Daisy. Isn't she supposed to be in her 20s?
prettygirl prettygirl 8 years
I see people saying James Franco would fit well as Gatsby. He wouldn't. He would ruin it.
prettygirl prettygirl 8 years
I love The Great Gatsby. One of my all time favorite books. The 1974 film was great. Nicole would make for a terrible Daisy. I think Daisy should be played by Rachel McAdams. As for Nick, I think Jim Sturgess or Ryan Gosling could play the role well. I don't know who would make a good Gatsby. Redford was amazing, and I don't know who could pull it off as great as he did. I hope the film turns out to be great, I can't wait to see it!
tiggles101 tiggles101 8 years
I still can't see how anyone could replace Robert Redford. Man he's hot. THOSE BLUE EYES. *Drool* he was a great Gatsby.
tiggles101 tiggles101 8 years
NO WAY! I love this book! I hope Baz does a good job on this movie. I loved Romeo + Juliet. Moulin Rouge was ok and I havn't seen Australia yet. But if he ruins my favourite book of all time I will hunt him down and kill him...slowly. I think Nicole would do alright in the role. But I do think its about time he found a new muse. If Nicole is chosen as Daisy it would probably be like watching her in Moulin Rouge again. New muse Baz. New muse. Do it for us.
i haven't seen any of the film adaptions, but i have read the book and if this movie has any chance of being good, they should cast unknowns. maybe just a famous actor for gatsby, i think leonardo dicaprio would be good.
outofhere outofhere 8 years
Enough is enough - puhleeze, anyone but Nicole! I can only see Redford as Gatsby, I'm going to have to think about it :ponder:
Gossamer Gossamer 8 years
Toby Stephens was Gatsby in 1999 so i don't know why they have to redo it. He is absolutely gorgeous.
SpeakLike-aChild SpeakLike-aChild 8 years
hmm I'm not sure if I'll like it, I liked a lot Romeo + Juliet when I was a teenager but I hated Moulin Rouge
Phunkometry Phunkometry 8 years
Jordan Baker gets no credit here? She was an important character too! Actually, she was my favorite. She was more gritty (or realistic, anyway), Daisy was too airy. For some weird reason or another, I always pictured Gatsby as looking kind of like Mr. Clean. But wtf, who had shaved, shiny heads in the 20s? And I saw Nick as being an older version pf this boy from my school... also named Nick (creative, I know). Jordan Baker looked like Louise Brooks, and Daisy was kinda like a chubby version of this look here: And I don't remember what Tom looked like because I disliked him so much. And I DEFINITELY don't remember the actual descriptions of characters in the book except that Daisy was blonde, and Nick's girl back home developed a line of sweat on her upper lip when they would play tennis. But she wasn't even a character. In terms of modern actors, I have no clue. But yeah, I am not so much feeling the Nicole Kidman of it all.
Stacey-Cakes Stacey-Cakes 8 years
I absolutely love this book so I can't wait for the movie! I'm not sure what my dream cast would look like, but like many others, I really hope that he doesn't cast Nicole Kidman in the movie.
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
Jake Gyllenhall for Nick?! I should have put all my choices in one post but I am deep in thought thinking about who should play what ha. Ooh Leonardo DiCaprio would be a perfect Gatsby
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
Ryan Gosling for Gatsby
cupcakers cupcakers 8 years
carak carak 8 years
this is one of my favorite books and NICOLE KIDMAN IS WAY TOO OLD TO PLAY DAISY!!!!
rossy rossy 8 years
What about Scarlett Johansson as Daisy?
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