Director Baz Luhrmann has a lot riding on his Great Gatsby remake. First, the book is a classic. Second, it was already done in 1974 and starred the swoontastical Robert Redford, not to mention a flawless Mia Farrow (that bone structure. I can’t!). I do love Luhrmann’s work (except for Australia. That was just bad), and he’s selected some pretty solid talent, including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan and Isla Fischer. The Help turned out to be a fantastic movie, so perhaps Lurhmann won’t let us down.
DiCaprio and Maguire drove around the Sydney set of Gatsby in a vintage convertible wearing civilian clothes, an indication that official filming hasn’t yet begun for the longtime friends. Fischer, however, was in full hair and makeup as she made her way to the set. The movie, to be shot in 3-D, is set for a November 2012 release.
Luhrmann had a short list of actresses he tested for the role of Daisy Buchanan, including Blake Lively (hell no), Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley. On choosing Mulligan, Luhrmann said “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.’”