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Carey Mulligan now the frontrunner for the lead in Baz Luhrmann's Great Gatsby

11.12.2010

In a bit of casting news that shouldn't really be a shocker to anyone, Vulture reports that Carey Mulligan is being considered for the role of Daisy in Baz Lurhmann's GREAT GATSBY adaptation. Mulligan has been a hot property as of late due to her recent Oscar nomination, and this would be a suitably big role for her opposite Leonardo DiCaprio.

It's not a done deal yet, as Scarlett Johansson is still up for the part, a favorite of both Lurhmann and DiCaprio. But the problem is she just signed on to Cameron Crowe's WE BOUGHT A ZOO, which overlaps with GATSBY, so in her absence, Mulligan is the heavy favorite having just tested last week.

I don't think I'm going out on a limb here to say that Mulligan, even in her limited roles, has better acting chops than Ms. Johansson, who for all her charms and ample cup size has failed to make much of an impression since LOST IN TRANSLATION all those years ago. Granted, that's just my opinion, but I just think Mulligan would probably do a better job of it opposite Leo, even if she is British. Do you?

Extra Tidbit: I'm shocked that no high school or college English course every made me read this.
Source: Vulture

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4:37AM on 11/15/2010
Scarlett Johansson is one of those actresses that keeps giving the same performance over and over again. She's a Jennifer Aniston. And yes, I saw Match Point.
Scarlett Johansson is one of those actresses that keeps giving the same performance over and over again. She's a Jennifer Aniston. And yes, I saw Match Point.
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2:52PM on 11/14/2010

Acting Chops?

Okay, I respect Mulligan for her Oscar nomination but I completely lost faith in her talent with her performance in Wall Street 2. I mean, she hardly kept that accent at bay. I think it's a bad choice, then again, I think Johansson is only a tad better.
Okay, I respect Mulligan for her Oscar nomination but I completely lost faith in her talent with her performance in Wall Street 2. I mean, she hardly kept that accent at bay. I think it's a bad choice, then again, I think Johansson is only a tad better.
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7:00PM on 11/13/2010
The only reason I am interested in this is because of DiCaprio. I hated the old version because it was boring as shit.
The only reason I am interested in this is because of DiCaprio. I hated the old version because it was boring as shit.
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1:41PM on 11/13/2010
I had to read this in high school and in my first literature class in college.. it's slow at times but a great story.

What's up with Carey Mulligan being considered for nearly every role announced in the last 3 months?
I had to read this in high school and in my first literature class in college.. it's slow at times but a great story.

What's up with Carey Mulligan being considered for nearly every role announced in the last 3 months?
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5:27PM on 11/12/2010
Love Gatsby. Best thing ever written. Worried about Baz's take, and this makes me more worried. Carey is a wonderful actress, but she's "cute." Do you pine for years and build a mansion across from the green-lighted dock of cute?
Love Gatsby. Best thing ever written. Worried about Baz's take, and this makes me more worried. Carey is a wonderful actress, but she's "cute." Do you pine for years and build a mansion across from the green-lighted dock of cute?
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4:39PM on 11/12/2010
I wanna see the Vincent Chase/Marty Scorcese version.
I wanna see the Vincent Chase/Marty Scorcese version.
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4:30PM on 11/12/2010
Nooooo... I love Baz (Moulin Rouge is in the top 3 movies ever made)... but I hate Mulligan.. come on.
Nooooo... I love Baz (Moulin Rouge is in the top 3 movies ever made)... but I hate Mulligan.. come on.
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3:18PM on 11/12/2010
I agree that Carey would be the better fit of the two, I hope she gets it.
I agree that Carey would be the better fit of the two, I hope she gets it.
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3:17PM on 11/12/2010
I agree that Carey would be the better fit of the two, I hope she gets it.
I agree that Carey would be the better fit of the two, I hope she gets it.
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2:55PM on 11/12/2010

BAZ-IFIED

Really curious to see if Baz is going to play it straight or do for F. Scott Fitzgerald what he did for Shakespeare.
Really curious to see if Baz is going to play it straight or do for F. Scott Fitzgerald what he did for Shakespeare.
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2:51PM on 11/12/2010

Boring as shit...

I remember watching the Richard Dreyfus adaption in high school and I wanted to hang myself from the boredom.
I remember watching the Richard Dreyfus adaption in high school and I wanted to hang myself from the boredom.
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