This last weekend in Manhattan, Baz Luhrmann met with a trio of actors, presumably his current leading choices for the cast, and had a workshop session on scenes from The Great Gatsby. While Luhrmann hasn’t officially announced that this will be his next picture, it is of course looking more and more likely as he starts expending this kind of effort.
According to The Wrap and Deadline, who each seem to have scored a part of the puzzle first and rushed to cry “Exclusive!”, Leonardo DiCaprio read for Jay Gatsby, Maguire took the role of Nick Carraway, the novel’s narrator, and Rebecca Hall was in for Daisy Buchanan.
I’m not so hot on DiCaprio – at least, I haven’t been since he last collaborated with Lurhmann – though Maguire and Hall seem like most suitable choices. They’ve never actually put me off, I have to say.
Luhrmann’s screenplay has been co-written with Craig Pearce, his collaborator on all three films of the Red Curtain Trilogy – Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet and Moulin Rouge. I’m hoping this indicates that the adaptation won’t be either a dry and airless one, or even one that’s too faithful to Fitzgerald’s novel. We have the novel – now let’s have something else. Something new and fresh.