Carey Mulligan Is Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s ‘The Great Gatsby’

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Carey Mulligan in rehearsal as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby Carey Mulligan Is Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmanns The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan, one of Hollywood’s brightest and most beautiful starlets, will portray Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby.

This casting comes on the heels of a recent developments that presented names like Leonardo DiCaprio and a virtual who’s who of top female actresses for parts in the Gatsby remake. Ironically, she wasn’t even on that list last week.

After exploding on the scene with An Education, Mulligan has taken roles in increasingly high profile films in just the last two years. In that short time, she has been in five movies, starring in four of them (she had a small cameo role in Public Enemies). Each was critically well-received and her performances drove much of the praise.

Carey Mulligan is Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby Carey Mulligan Is Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmanns The Great Gatsby

Carey Mulligan in An Education

Mulligan’s beauty is only enhanced by her elegance. The 25-year-old British actress is perfectly built to portray Daisy Buchanan in this adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s story. While she may fit the bill physically, her typical on-screen characters are nothing like Daisy. This departure from her normally strong female leads will be an interesting angle for Mulligan.

Daisy is the epitome of a ditsy woman that you might find circling a mall for ten hours in modern society. Will Mulligan bring a shroud of maturity to the role? It could work, but might not fit the tone of the character’s arc within the story.

Baz Luhrmann’s eccentric style will be another new fit for Mulligan. But her ability to transform into the characters she has played on camera will help the transition – as will the apparent rehearsals with Luhrmann.

Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby Carey Mulligan Is Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmanns The Great Gatsby

Baz Luhrmann gave Deadline this photo of Mulligan as Daisy in rehearsals.

Luhrmann told Deadline that the pair rehearsed the character in early November and he snapped the above photo of her in full makeup. Luhrmann has also shown a propensity for directing period pieces.

The Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet director has always been committed to workshopping the roles before casting. This is what ultimately led to his casting of Leonardo DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet.

We still do not know who will portray Gatsby, but the early rumors of DiCaprio would be a fun match on screen. This is a good start for Luhrmann’s adaptation, but he is still unsure if The Great Gatsby will be his next film. He is in the early stages of pre-production, so we shouldn’t jump the gun here, but casting Mulligan is a great starting point.

What do you think of Mulligan in the classic role once played by Mia Farrow? How would she fit across Leonardo DiCaprio? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Deadline

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  1. I remember reading through the novel in school in such detail that I think you’re spot on about Mulligan being the perfect choice for Daisy

  2. Meh, I don’t really know about a ditsy, mature Daisy. But I’m up for trying

  3. Oh my gosh, I love The Great Gatsby!!!

    And I’m hoping they get this one right. . . the ’74 film didn’t do it justice, even though it had an all-star cast.

    • The writing is the masterpiece, not the story, so I don’t think any film adaptaion will ever do it justice.

  4. The Great Gatsby is my favorite book from high school. I think she will be a great Daisy and I love the idea of Dicaprio as Jay Gatsby but I’m a little concerned with how they’ll look together. Will she look too young or will he look too old? Now I actually like the idea of Tobey Mcguire as Nick (imo he’s a very UNDERRATED actorY and I would actually love to see Keira Knightley as Jordan. Luhrmann is the guy who can make this book really come alive. In a perfect world he would get started on this now for a very late 2011 but I doubt that’s gonna happen.

    • I think that the age gap is perfect. A man at his prime and a woman at her prime. What’s there not to like.

  5. i thought the The Great Gatsby was a really bad story. I felt no sympathy or relation with any of the characters.

    but Baz Luhrmann is a great director (miss the target with “Australia” but everything else is good). and i LOVE Carey Mulligan. so i will give this movie a chance.

    Any predictions on casting for Gatsby or Nick?

    i’m guessing Philip Seymour Hoffman as Gatsby and Daniel Radcliff as Nick

  6. Please…
    someone kill this girl before she ruins another movie!

    • what movie has she ruined?

      she’s only done 4 movies so far and though i havent seen “Never Let Me Go” she’s done a pretty good job.

      • only movie i saw her in was wall street: money never sleeps
        Didn’t think the movie itself was very good, but she didn’t help much either…

        • well i liked it. and you shouldnt dis someone after seeing them in only one movie.

    • Agreed. She’s boring as hell

  7. I do not want the talent vaccuum that is Tobey Maguire anywhere near this film, that will be instant ruination.
    Mulligan is a good choice as is Dicaprio, but there is a noticable age gap between the two and I wonder how that will come across on screen.

    It’s a wonderful book, an absolute classic, I hope they get this right and don’t fluff it up.

    • i’m not liking DiCaprio for Gatsby either, he’s one of the best actors out there i just think he’s wrong for the role.

      Robert Pattinson. I know the people didnt like him in the Twilight films but he was pretty good in Harry Potter 4 and Little Ashes.

      Josh Harnett would also be a good pick

      • Ok, at no point should Edward Cullen be anywhere near a project like this, but I do like Hartnett for the part.

        • you have to take in mind that Twilight sucks talent out of anyone involved. the part calls for Pattinson to be dull, stonefaced, and emotionless. alot of people confuse that with bad acting. and while definatly not good acting, its not a good example of what he could really do.

          plus putting him in the movie may give the movie higher credit among fans. with him the movie could be very financially successful.

          its just a suggestion

  8. I do believe she will do well as Daisy. Let’s hope someone other than Leonardo Dicaprio is cast as Gatsby. I think James Caviezel should play Nick Caraway and David Tennant would be perfect as Tom Buchanan. Anyone else agree?

  9. Does anybody else think she’d own the role of Mary Jane in the new Spider-Man movies?

    • No, she would be great as Gwen Stacy, but no MJ. That role should have gone to Emma Stone.

  10. Great choice!! Very talented actress.

  11. The great Gatsby is one of my favorite books ever and I love this casting decision, but Dicaprio as Gatsby?
    That won’t work. Too much of an age difference, why can’t they get someone younger? I am liking the idea of Magiure as Nick though.

  12. ryan gosling as jay gatsby is my pick along with casey affleck for nick.

  13. keira knightly should have been casted as daisy!

  14. Spot on with DiCaprio…not at all with Mulligan. Nowhere remotely near a beauty, nor seductive. There could have been so many other choices. I really want to see this movie, but the casting of Mulligan might ruin it for me.