The adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel attracted the attention of Hollywood’s top actresses, including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Rebecca Hall.
Director Baz Luhrmann said he chose Mulligan because her audition was perfect. “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, 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,” he 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 telephoned Mulligan with the news on Monday night as she attended a New York fashion gala. The actress was so thrilled that she reportedly burst into tears on the red carpet.
Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations for the role of Jay Gatsby, the Long Island millionaire whose rise and fall mirrors the decadence and Great Depression of the 1920s. Tobey Maguire will play Nick Carraway, narrator of the novel.
Fitzgerald’s story was adapted in 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the lead roles, and won two Oscars.
Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet, said the film will have resonance in the current economic climate. “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 said.
“People will need an explanation of where we are and where we’ve been, and The Great Gatsby can provide that explanation.”
Mulligan is hot property in Hollywood following her Oscar-nominated performance in An Education. She appeared in the Wall Street sequel and has been tipped for a second Oscar nomination next year with Never Let Me Go.
The cast of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” is firming up, and it appears the Australian director’s critique of the American Dream may feature an international cast: Carey Mulligan, the British starlet who was nominated for an Oscar for An Education, is now the front-runner to play effervescent East Egg–er, Daisy Buchanan.
Insiders tell Vulture that, after testing for the part in New York last week, Scarlett Johansson was still very much being considered by Luhrmann and Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio. But now, we hear, because of Johansson’s recent commitment to star in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo at Fox — Zoo starts shooting in the late spring of next year; Luhrmann’s Gatsby goes before cameras next summer — she won’t be available, and Mulligan is the top candidate.
On November 09, Carey attended the Variety Series screening of “Never Let Me Go” with Andrew Garfield. Images from the event have been added to the gallery. Also, thanks to Mary, we have an additional 22 beautiful images from her TIFF portrait session – enjoy!
Yet again, I go away for a long weekend and Carey decides to make not one, but two new public appearances! On November 04 she attended the BAFTA Los Angeles 2010 Britannia Awards wearing a Preen dress and YSL shoes, whilst on November 05 she, along with co-star Andrew Garfield, attended the AFI Fest 2010 Los Angeles Times Young Hollywood Roundtable where she wore a Peter Pilotto dress. Pictures have been added to the gallery!
The young British star Carey Mulligan, has been crowned the Best Dressed Woman of 2010 by the UK glossy, Harper’s Bazaar.
The 25-year-old actress outclassed more seasoned contenders for the title such as Victoria Beckham, Tilda Swinton, Natalia Vodianova, and even the Prime Minister’s wife, SamCam.
Mulligan, described by one of the judges, the designer Erdem Moralioglu, as being “Like a Godard starlet – but totally modern”, has rarely been off the fashion radar since her much-nominated appearance in “An Education”.
With the assistance of her stylist, Tina Laakkonen, she continually challenges and surprises with her insider knowledge of the latest lust-have names. In the last year alone, she has worn Lanvin, Vionnet, Azzaro, Nina Ricci, Giles and Bottega Veneta, together with Chanel, Prada, Miu Miu, Elie Saab, Proenza Schouler and, the Singaporean, Nepal-raised and New York-based, Prabal Gurung, who is one of American Vogue’s Anna Wintour’s ‘hot’ names to watch.
Mulligan’s only slight fall from style grace happened in the aftermath of her recent break-up with actor, Shia LaBeouf, but even then she managed to make grunge-y jeans, a scraggy T-shirt and no make-up look appealing rather than appalling.
Victoria Beckham was the runner-up in the Harper’s Bazaar Best Dressed poll, with Yasmin Le Bon in third place.
The judging panel, which included the magazine’s editor, Lucy Yeomans, Sienna Miller, Stephen Jones, Kim Hersov and Moralioglu, selected the Top 20 women who represent all that is great about British style today, ranging in age from Coco Sumner, the 20-year old daughter of Sting, to Bianca Jagger, 65. The list also included the mother-and-daughter duo of the ‘Brazilian Bombshell’, Andrea Dellal, and her shoe designer-daughter, Charlotte.
Others listed included Alexa Chung, Florence Welch, Kristin Scott Thomas, Natalie Massenet, Kate Moss, Stella McCartney, Sienna Miller, Sam Taylor-Wood, and Shingai Shoniwa of The Noisettes.
Actors from both sides of the pond will be converging on the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel Thursday night to serve as presenters at the 2010 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.
Those who have agreed to hand out trophies include Valerie Bertinelli, Marion Cotillard, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Jane Leeves, Jane Lynch, Wendie Malick, Carey Mulligan, Cillian Murphy, Kevin Spacey and Olivia Wilde as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer.
The previously-announced honorees are Tony Scott and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods. the recepient of the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment; Jeff Bridges is receiving the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film; Michael Sheen, the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, and Betty White, who will be recognized with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy.
Stephen Fry will return as master of ceremonies for the second consecutive year.
TV Guide Network will telecast the awards ceremony Sunday evening, marking the first time the Britannia Awards show has aired on U.S. television.