Actor Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby and Carey Mulligan will play Daisy Buchanan in an upcoming adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Baz Luhrmann, the director of Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, is preparing to direct the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved novel.
Mulligan received the news yesterday. The 25-year-old actress was nominated for an Academy Award for her role in the adaptation, An Education. Luhrmann included that photo of the actress on his website (copyright Bazmark), an image shot while Mulligan auditioned for the role earlier this month.
Here’s more from the director’s website: “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. However, specific to this particular production of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, 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.'”