15 Stars We'd Love to See on the Upcoming Great Gatsby TV Series
Break out the Champagne and beads: The Great Gatsby is getting a new adaptation! As first reported by The Hollywood Reporter, A+E Studios and ITV Studios America are partnering on a miniseries adaptation of the classic novel, which just entered the public domain this year. No network is attached to air the miniseries yet, but it promises to be an intriguing take: not only is one of the consulting producers Blake Hazard, a great-granddaughter of F. Scott and Zelda Fitzgerald, but the series also promises to expand the narrow scope of the novel, exploring the Black community of New York in the 1920s and the jazz musical subculture.
Billed in the announcement as "a more diverse, inclusive version of Gatsby that better reflects the America we live in," the new series will need just the right cast to set itself apart — and we've got some ideas already! Keep reading to see a few of our top picks for Jay, Daisy, and Nick.
Regé-Jean Page as Jay Gatsby
What better follow-up for the breakout star of Bridgerton than one of the most iconic roles ever? We know Page would bring plenty of brooding, pining, and unstoppable charisma to the role of Gatsby.
Nicholas Hoult as Jay Gatsby
Hoult's no-holds-barred, scene-stealing performance on The Great proves how adept he is at making a selfish, rich misfit into someone you can't look away from. If he brings that kind of charm and wry wit to Gatsby, he'd be a perfect fit.
Dev Patel as Jay Gatsby
Patel has the ability to hold together a story as a legit leading man while also bringing his unique personality to everything he touches. Recent projects like The Personal History of David Copperfield prove he's as much at home in a period piece as a modern one, and he'd be a charismatic center for the show.
Taron Egerton as Jay Gatsby
Egerton is something of a shape shifter as an actor, always seamlessly disappearing into any role, comedy or drama. He'd bring an intriguing energy to Gatsby — as Rocketman proved, he's excellent at portraying the kind of simultaneous hedonism and melancholy that underpins so much of the classic novel.
David Corenswet as Jay Gatsby
He's a rising darling at Netflix, where he's proven his old-school leading-man style in projects like Hollywood and The Politician. A role like Jay Gatsby could prove a career changer for someone like Corenswet, who has the added bonus of being just enough of an up-and-comer to be able to disappear into the role without external baggage.
Anya Taylor-Joy as Daisy Buchanan
Last year's It girl would be pretty much a perfect choice for Daisy. Recent projects like Emma and The Queen's Gambit showcase just how talented she is at playing complicated, not always likable women in historical eras, and that's just the kind of multifaceted take necessary for the spoiled and selfish but fragile Daisy.
Zendaya as Daisy Buchanan
What's a girl to do after winning an Emmy? Tackle one of literature's most iconic roles, of course! Zendaya has blown us all away with her acting range on Euphoria, and we'd love to see her take on hard-partying, emotionally frustrated Daisy.
Amandla Stenberg as Daisy Buchanan
An edgier choice for Daisy? Maybe, but Stenberg has proven two things over the course of their acting career. One, they're a total chameleon who can handle any role and style that's thrown their way, and two, they're incredible when it comes to nailing those moments of high emotion, which is a must have in any actor playing Daisy.
Sophie Turner as Daisy Buchanan
Daisy Buchanan is spoiled, self-centered, difficult to like, and dangerously romantic — who better to help bring a challenging, three-dimensional woman to life than Turner, who chronicled Sansa Stark's journey from petulant princess-wannabe to strong, self-assured queen on Game of Thrones?
Tati Gabrielle as Daisy Buchanan
Daisy's glamour and life of hedonism play a central role in the story. As Prudence on Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, Gabrielle steals every scene she's in, perfectly balancing the character's stylish villainy with complicated motivations and a layer of real vulnerability.
Nick Robinson as Nick Carraway
The Love, Simon star has proven he's got the restraint to pull off the less-flashy roles but the watchability that makes him still a major player in any story.
Josh O'Connor as Nick Carraway
O'Connor manages to make Prince Charles both incredibly sympathetic and incredibly monstrous on The Crown, portraying a young man who's never able to feel secure and who's seeking human connection in a world that doesn't prioritize it. That performance alone makes him a great candidate to play Nick.
Jordan Fisher as Nick Carraway
Nick is plenty charming but also a little bit caught off-guard by the party atmosphere and the extravagance of his neighbors. If anyone does charming-but-baffled everyman well, it's Fisher.
Tom Holland as Nick Carraway
Let's be honest: Nick Carraway is a bit of a nerd, albeit a well-meaning and good-hearted one. So who better to play him than the current Spider-Man? It would be a fun callback to the 2013 film version of Gatsby, too, where Tobey Maguire, aka the original film Spider-Man, played Nick.
Thomas Brodie-Sangster as Nick Carraway
Thanks to his turn on The Queen's Gambit, Brodie-Sangster has officially moved past "the kid from Love Actually" and has turned out to be a quirky, capable actor who would definitely bring a unique brand of geek charming to the character of Nick.