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Leonardo DiCaprio May Star in The Great Gatsby 2010-10-19 12:30:12

4 Reasons I'm Excited For a Great Gatsby Remake

We first heard rumblings about a Great Gatsby remake back in 2008, but now the rumors are intensifying. The latest is that Baz Luhrmann is currently putting his adaptation through workshops with Sony. What's even more exciting is the casting buzz: Leonardo DiCaprio has read for Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire could play Nick Carraway, and Rebecca Hall's name is in the ring for Daisy Buchanan.

The project is still in the very early stages — not only are casting changes likely, but it also might not even get made any time soon — but I'm still excited about the possibility. The Great Gatsby was one of my favorite books from high school, and I'd love to see the classic drama brought to life on the big screen once again. Here's why:

  1. Baz Luhrmann as writer and possible director. If you've seen Romeo + Juliet or Moulin Rouge!, you know that Luhrmann's unique eye and creative spin make for very memorable films, epic love stories, and amazing performances — all of which are key to telling a story that we've already seen before.
  2. Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby. Jay Gatsby is just the kind of complex, conflicted character that DiCaprio can't resist, and I hope he doesn't. DiCaprio exudes charisma and charm, but he's also got the chops to portray Gatsby's insecurities while still shrouding him in mystery.
  3. The story could use a facelift. The 1922 novel has had a few screen adaptations, but the last time The Great Gatsby hit the theater was in 1974. Don't get me wrong: there's nothing to criticize about Robert Redford and Mia Farrow, but the '70s version just feels so . . . '70s.
  4. The '20s are so hot right now. If you've seen Boardwalk Empire, you know how much eye candy comes with the Prohibition Era. From the costumes to the cars to the hairstyles, a shiny new version of the story could do even more justice to a fascinating time period.
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postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
^ That's what I was thinking, redchick... I cannot picture Rebecca Hall as a blonde. And they better keep Daisy blonde-- I hate when the appearance of characters from books is totally altered in movie versions.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
and wasn't daisy a blonde? rebecca hall will look like crap w/ blonde hair.
redchick152 redchick152 6 years
oh man. ryan gosling and jgl? SWOON. throw in amanda seyfried? double SWOON. i adore leo and i know he can handle any role thrown at him with ease, but he's just not hunky enough to play gatsby. i read that book in high school knowing that robert redford had played him in the movie. redford is exactly what i picture everytime i read that book. i love the idea of a younger cast and who is hunkier than ryan freakin gosling???
postmodernsleaze postmodernsleaze 6 years
I would love to see this happen-- I was also unimpressed with the 70s version. I think JGL is a great suggestion for Nick and Ryan Gosling is a great suggestion for Gatsby. I'm not sure about the rest of the characters.
care0531 care0531 6 years
I love Leo and anything he does! Age is just a number and with a good hair and make up team it will not be an issue at all(Look at RP being 26 and playing an 16 year old vampire). I love Leo is these early era roles. This book was one of the few books that I was really drawn to in High School. I rarely read the books assigned to me but this book I have read several times!
genesisrocks genesisrocks 6 years
So excited! I wasn't blown away by the 70s version. I agree with Lil, my first thought was that Leo is too old for the part- although he certainly has the acting chops
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
@sara777: I don't think the fact that someone too old was cast the first time is a good reason to cast someon too old the second time! It is pretty clear in the book that Gatsby is supposed to be about 30.
sara77 sara77 6 years
@lilkimbo- Robert Redford had 37 when he filmed Gatsby. @Anonymous-Leo cant act? oh please he is amazing, talented actor!but I understand that is subjective.
stephley stephley 6 years
Ryan Gosling is a much better choice!
reba506 reba506 6 years
All of the possible actors in consideration right now are WAY TOO OLD! I know everybody loved Leo DiCaprio and he's great and all, but seriously, he will never be Jay Gatsby. My suggestions are: Jay Gatsby: Ryan Gosling Nick Carraway: Andrew Garfield Daisy: I dont know about this one.
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Not to keep commenting, but I was just thinking about it, and I have to say, I would cast Ryan Gosling as Gatsby and Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Nick. I think Ellen Page would make a great Jordan, too. OK, time to stop avoiding work!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
Thanks for the info, Becky! I'd definitely be excited if she was cast.
Becky-Kirsch Becky-Kirsch 6 years
lilkimbo, I've also heard whispers that Amanda Seyfried is being considered for Daisy. Great minds think alike!
lilkimbo lilkimbo 6 years
I don't mind the 70's version but also wouldn't mind a remake. IIRC, Leonardo DiCaprio is actually too old to play Gatsby. He is supposed to be right around Nick's age and Nick turns 30 in the book. I actually think all three of the named actors are too old. Nick and Gatsby are both supposed to be right around 30; DiCaprio and Maguire are 35. Daisy is supposed to be in her early 20's (22-23, I believe); Hall is 28. Granted, they are all only 5 years older than the characters they would be playing, but if the movie is now in the casting phase, I'm assuming they would be another 1-2 years older once the movie is filmed. I also think Hall is too down-to-earth seeming to play Daisy. I think Amanda Seyfried could make a great Daisy (at 24 she's slightly older than Daisy, as well, but is younger than Hall). At any rate, I am curious to see how this goes; I'll be following any news about it!
shaima shaima 6 years
or Brad Pitt as Gatsby! I know, easy since he looks like Redford but still, I think he would have been perfect in this role. I love Di Caprio, but he looks too young to play Gatsby.
stephley stephley 6 years
No no no no no!!! It's like being in Remake Hell!!
onlysourcherry onlysourcherry 6 years
I'll say it--I didn't love the 70s version of Gatsby. This is one of my all time favorite novels and I'd love to see it done well. Luhrmann won't make it a musical, will he? That would ruin it all.
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