Baz Luhrmann Looks To DiCaprio For ‘Great Gatsby’ Remake

Published 6 years ago by , Updated August 22nd, 2013 at 3:13 pm,

Ever since Baz Luhrmann announced his plans to do a remake of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, The Great Gatsby, there’s been tons of speculation on how he’ll choose to tell the story and how the roles will be casted. Most importantly, which two actors will Luhrmann choose to play the male leads, Nick Carraway and Jay Gatsby.

There’s been some buzz about Luhrmann bringing back actors he’s collaborated with in the past to help tell the epic story of Jay Gatsby and his long lost love, Daisy Buchannan. However, Luhrmann says he’s not currently focusing on casting, but rather the overall direction of the film. If he is casting from a pool of actors he’s worked with before, though, there’s a chance that Leonardo DiCaprio may be brought in to play the film’s narrator, Nick Carraway.

If this is the case, casting DiCaprio to be the film’s driving force instead of the tragic antagonist, Jay Gatsby, would be sort of strange. The 1974 version of The Great Gatsby used film great Robert Redford to play Gatsby. DiCaprio has the same sort of presence, acting abilities and looks to make an already sympathetic character beloved once again for a new generation.

Luhrmann has also said that he’s currently focusing on the relevance of the story in today’s current economic climate. Luhrmann revealed to MTV News:

“It’s a great story,” he said. “A great iconic story and if you think about it, it truly reveals the time we’re in. It might explain a bit of what we’ve been through. If you reread it now you’ll see how powerful and meaningful it is in this time.”

Regardless of who Luhrmann casts in the film, one thing’s for sure: Luhrmann will do (IMO) what he does best and create a film that pays homage to a period in time, while still upholding the integrity of the story’s initial intent. Let’s hope this actually happens. Most of the time when a classic story is adapted for film the intent of the author is sacrificed in order to create a box office smash.

What’s your take on Baz Luhrmann directing The Great Gatsby? Do you think Leonardo DiCaprio would make a better Gatsby, Carraway, or neither? Let us know in the comments!

source: MTV Movies Blog

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  1. carraway for dicaprio if anything.. i always thought of gatsby as the clive owen or even daniel craig… but not dicaprio… pleasse no

  2. I disagree, I can see DiCaprio as Gatsby. I can totally see it.

  3. This won’t do, I can’t relate to DiCaprio, and he doesn’t seem like the WWII war hero type like Gatsby was supposed to be. Oh wait, or was it WWI? Oops, I actually forgot, think it is WWI actually…

  4. Leo was supposed to Luhrman’s Alexander before that fell through! Shame! I would have loved to see Luhrman’s take on the Macedonian considering how epic he made Australia!
    Now, I enjoyed Stone’s Alexander as well, but Baz’ take would have been quite interesting to see!

  5. @Ken J

    Have you seen DiCaprio in any of his more recent films? He’s not the annoying little punk he played in Titanic any more. :-P


  6. What Vic says is true about Leo. I was Ken J before, then I saw Gangs Of New York and it seemed like DiCaprio Man’d Up! It is like he finally grew a pair!

  7. hopefully only a better movie than “australia”!

  8. Yah it’s true Vic, for some reason I keep missing every movie with Leo in it, Blood Diamond, Body of Lies, etc.

  9. One of the most overated stories of our lifetime.

  10. redford was perfect for gatsby. probably brad pitt for gatsby or leo if he manned up. nick carraway needs to be a relatively unknown. definitely.

  11. Ryan Gosling = Jay Gatsby
    Rachel McAdams = Daisy
    Anne Hathaway = Jordan
    Lee Pace = Tom
    Joseph Gordon-Levitt = Nick.

    The perfect movie poster for it would be a updated version of a J.C. Leyendecker “Arrow Collar” poster.

    • no…I see
      Jay-Brad Pitt
      Daisey-Carlise Theron
      and leo would make a great Nick

    • Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams what are you trying to recreate the notebook?
      I think Leodardo DiCapprio would make a perfect Jay Gatsby I think he’ll be able to portray the mysterious aura of Gatsby and capture the viewers sypathy.

  12. Dicapprio would pull of the role of Jay gatsby marvelously; he would do a great job with Nick Carraway as well as I could see him to doing a role which required narration, but I doubt that DiCaprio would take this movie on unless he was casted as Gatsby, which ideally he should. He’s got what it takes…
    Clive Owen? Daniel Craig? Ryan Gosling…yeah if your a 12 year oold girl

  13. Christian Bale for Gatsby.
    DiCaprio is fine for Carraway.

    I can also picture Brad Pitt as Gatsby.

  14. if matt mcconaughey wasn’t such a southern stoner, he’d be a good fit for gatsby. better than dicaprio anyway.

  15. hey check this out….

    i reckon brad pitt looks like he’d be appropriate!

  16. I wouldn’t call Gatsby the antagonist at all…

  17. I think johnny depp would make an excellent gatsby

  18. Gatsby wasn’t the antagonist in the novel, he was just a love-struck fool. Daisy’s husband was clearly the antagonist, especially being the cheater…

  19. I thinks DiCaprio would be a great Gatsby. Kate Hudson should be Daisy. She looks really similar to the Daisy that was cast as in the previous movie. As for Tom, he should be more bulky than the Tom in the other movie. I think Nick should look similar to DiCaprio but a little more “next-door” type. I would love seeing this movie remade. Looking forward to it! When is this all planned to start?

  20. I think Shia Labouef would play a good Nick Carraway. And DiCaprio would be an excellent cast to play Gatsby. He (Dicaprio) has shown that he can play that macho leading man role (the departed, blood diamond) while being a huge box-office draw.

  21. DiCaprio is good for Gatsby, but he seems way too old to play Nick.

  22. i also think anne would make a good jordan
    still think diane kruger would be the best daisy

  23. i also think anne would make a good jordan
    still think diane kruger would be the best daisy

  24. I do like Dicaprio, but I have a hard time seeing him as Gatsby. Maybe he could pull it off, but I think Christian Bale is the best suggestion so far. Gatsby needs to have a sort of reserved yet vulnerable persona that Bale could pull off more naturally that might be somewhat contrived by Leo. As for Nick, he needs to be a guy that is easily overlooked, guy next door, with an older soul, yet still somewhat innocent – NOT TOO GOOD LOOKING-I think Toby McGuire could really do Nick Justice. As for the gals there are many choices, but I hope they stay true to the book and cast actors that are not over 30 or yet over 40 (Naomi Watts!! What are you thinking!). Youth is vital to the story and I hope that is taken into account. Also, a brutish large Tom would be much appreciated.

  25. Firstly, I must say that I am terribly excited about the remake as it is a literary treasure. Dicaprio could very easily surprise us as Gatsby, the truth is he never disappoints. Maguire as Nick is a very interesting choice, he would do justice to the role, Kruger would make a perfect Daisy but I think that Januray Jones from Mad Men also suits the part. Luhrmann is a unique artist so I look forward to his overall interpretation.

  26. Leo would be great for Gatsby, but totally wrong for Nick. Nick needs to be very un-glamorous to bring the midwestern everyman element into the narration. Carey is a great choice for Daisy. Hope he does as good a job casting Tom.

  27. Why remake “The Great Gatsby”? It’s been done so many times – I think there are four different film versions. Director Jack Clayton was dissed for his direction that starred Robert Redford and Mia Farrow. (Film critics were incensed that THE great American novel was directed by an Englishman.) I read this Fitzgerald classic every year and always take away some fresh epiphany. I thought Clayton’s fim was a mirror image of the novel, unbeatable.

  28. I think Leo would be a perfect Gatstby…Ive always thought so actually, and Jake Gyllenhall would make a good Nick (imho) Im not sure about Daisy but Anne would be great for Jordan!!