After much head scratching and brow furrowing from Baz Luhrmann as to who's going to play Daisy Buchanan in his new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1922 novel The Great Gatsby, he has now whittled down the list to one, and the name on it is the UK's very own, Carey Mulligan.
Other contender’s for the role were Rebecca Hall, who had been engaged in workshops with Tobey Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio playing the three central roles of Daisy, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Michelle Williams, Blake Lively and Keira Knightley were also in the running but it appears late entry Carey was the one who caught Lurhman’s eye.
Speaking to Deadline the director has said ‘There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film. 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. However, specific to this particular production, 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.’’ During said phone call, Mulligan was at the Fashion council awards in New york and upon hering the news, burst into happy tears right there on the red carpet.
Nominated for an Oscar in her breakout role for An Education and now with big hitters Never Let Me Go and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps under her belt, we’re confident mulligan is up to the challenge to play the attractive yet slightly shallow Daisy... watch this space for more updates and let us know what you think below…