Gatsby mania continues to sweep
Sydney as we count down to the beginning of the movie
shoot. The Daily Telegraph has posted a couple of
articles tracking where the film's stars have been
spotted around the city - one called 'Your
very own map of where you can find the stars' and
another entitled 'How
to spot a Gatsby in Sydney'. The
paper also reported that Joel Edgerton was seen
surfing at Bondi Beach last Thursday, and on the
Wednesday night "he joined
co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey
Mulligan and Isla Fisher and Gatsby director Baz
Luhrmann for a 'bonding dinner'. The A-listers, plus
some crew, ate at inner-city French bistro Felix, using
a rear entrance. 'They came in late and ordered some
drinks and a lot of food,' said a spy at the Justin
Hemmes-owned restaurant. 'They looked like they were
having a great time.'"
The Daily Telegraph also reported the following
article, speculating about the film and reporting that
filming is due to begin next week:
The Great Gatsby is a golden
bonus in 3D
The Daily Telegraph, 26 August 2011
It has all the features of a bona fide blockbuster - a
$120 million budget, three of Hollywood's biggest stars
and a stylish story rated one of America's literary
classics. And it's happening in Sydney. The Harbour City
is taking centre stage for director Baz Luhrmann's
highly anticipated adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's
The Great Gatsby, a mammoth production involving 275
crew - and another 150 on post-production - that is
expected to inject more than $120 million into our
economy. Luhrmann's grand vision involves recreating
1920s New York on the Fox Studio soundstages, with
superstar Leonardo DiCaprio headlining as Jay Gatsby.
... With the stakes this high, the director is relying
on DiCaprio to help pull off a creative feat as daring
as their eye-popping 1996 MTV retread of Romeo + Juliet.
They will be supported by Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway
and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. Also touching down
in Sydney for costume fittings and make-up tests this
week were home-grown stars Joel Edgerton, who plays
Daisy's husband Tom, and Isla Fisher, as Tom's mistress
... Luhrmann's epic should bring $88 million in
production expenditure to the state and create 1300
jobs. And Deputy Premier and Trade and Investment
Minister Andrew Stoner said: "There's no doubt that
having Leo in Sydney is a boost for our city's profile
around the world." Filming for Gatsby is due to start
In the meantime the stars have been immersing themselves
in 1920s culture, scrutinising footage from the era to
ensure they can walk the walk and talk the talk. With a
four-month shoot looming, they appear determined to
settle in and enjoy Sydney's delights - particularly
DiCaprio. The 36-year-old is believed unhappy with his
current digs, a penthouse in the Gazebo building in
Elizabeth Bay with 360-degree city views. DiCaprio and
his US agent were seen checking out the Royal Suite of
the Shangri-La in The Rocks on Thursday. "He came in (to
the Shangri-La) to check out the penthouse, apparently
he wasn't happy with his current accommodation," a hotel
source said. "He said he's looking for something more
secure (in the long term) but will stay in hotels for a
and Baz Luhrmann on 'Gatsby' Set
USA has captured the first image of Isla Fisher
in hair and make-up as Myrtle Wilson on the set of The
Great Gatsby, which has been posted online by various
media sources, including the UK's
Daily Mail. Rex USA has also captured the
first picture I've seen of Baz Luhrmann on set, which
again was featured in the Daily Mail.
Maguire Together on 'Gatsby' Set
Various media sources have posted a
variety of photos of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire
driving around Fox Studios in a 1929 convertible to be
used in the filming of The Great Gatsby. (Socialitelife.com
posted the most with a total of 15 images).
The Herald Sun reported: "Luhrmann
bought two of the vintage collectable vehicles for his
blockbuster 3D remake, which are worth about $3 million
and have been sourced from an American museum."
(Visitors to Baz the Great!
may recall that I first posted news about these cars
back in May 2011, when
TMZ provided images of the cars bought).
The Daily Telegraph posted the above photo and
further reported: "Once considered
the ultimate status symbol in the 1930s and owned by the
likes of Al Capone, Howard Hughes and Mae West, the
Duesenbergs were reportedly sourced from an American
auto museum and shipped to Australia for the four-month
Gatsby shoot. It is understood the actors took their
first driving lesson in one of the vintage roadsters
yesterday as pre-production continues on the $150
million 3D epic, which will be shot mostly at Sydney's
Fox Studios. Shooting on the hugely anticipated film -
also starring British actress Carey Mulligan and Aussies
Isla Fisher and Joel Edgerton - is scheduled to begin on
DiCaprio and Maguire on 'Gatsby'
The first photos of Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey
Maguire arriving yesterday on the set of The Great
Gatsby at Fox Studios in Sydney have been posted by
Pop Sugar provided ten great photos, and CelebrityGossip.net
posted the above four pictures (check out the
site for larger images):
Ready to start work on their latest project, Leonardo
DiCaprio and co-star Tobey Maguire were spotted arriving
on the Syndey, Australia set of "The Great
Gatsby" earlier today (August 23). The casually-clad
"Titanic" hunk and his "Spider-Man" star pal were all
smiles as they took to their new Down Under
locale, eager to get busy on the Baz Luhrmann directed
film. Teaming up their mighty star power for the
highly-anticipated film, Leo is set to play Jay
Gatsby while Tobey will front the role of Nick Carraway.
Due out in theaters in November of 2012, the classic
remake is an adaptation of F. Scott
Fitzgerald's Long Island-set novel, where "Midwesterner
Nick Carraway is lured into the lavish world of his
neighbor, Jay Gatsby. Soon enough, however,
Carraway will see through the cracks of Gatsby's nouveau
riche existence, where obsession, madness, and tragedy
Gossip and New Cast Member
Meanwhile, Gatsby gossip has been
spreading across the internet over the past few days as
the anticipation surrounding the shoot continues to
build. The International Business Times posted a
helpful article that summarises each of the seven main
characters in the movie. The Herald Sun revealed
that landmarks such as New York's Plaza Hotel and
Gatsby's Long Island mansion are being recreated at Fox
Studios for the shoot. We know that pre-production has
been underway for some time, and now the stars are
arriving in Sydney ahead of next month's shoot.
Carey Mulligan reportedly arrived in Australia on
The Daily Telegraph posting the above photo of
her shopping on Oxford Street. Leonardo
DiCaprio arrived on Monday (see my previous News Update)
and headed straight to Fox Studios (where the above
photos were snapped) before being seen later at
"the exclusive eastern suburbs house he will live in
during the four-month shoot". Tobey Maguire also flew in
at some point in the last few days, with Joel
Edgerton expected to arrive this week.
The Daily Telepgraph has also revealed another cast member,
revealing that Bollywood leading man Abhishek Bachchan
(pictured above) is set to join the cast -
movie star in India, Bachchan is also famed as the
husband of fellow Bollywood star Aishwarya Rai whom he
married in 2007. He has appeared in more than 50 films
but The Great Gatsby will be his biggest Hollywood film
role to date."
Joel Edgerton Talks More 'Gatsby'
So far, Joel Edgerton has been the star
who has revealed the most about the upcoming Gatsby
shoot. His comments have been appearing in numerous
articles and he recently told
Collider.com: "I can tell you as much as I know
about Gatsby. We have been sort of in pre-production
where we did a really great kind of exploration workshop
in New York. I'm off on Monday and back to Australia
where everything is getting prepped and ready. We are
going to continue rehearsals and then we start shooting
in a few weeks. Then it is all systems go until
'The Great Gatsby' Rehearsals Continue, Baz Luhrmann
Providing Plenty Of Research
The Huffington Post, 22 August 2011
If you're looking to get in touch with Joel Edgerton
right now, your best bet may be commissioning a time
machine. The Australian actor is starring as Tom
Buchanan in the upcoming big screen adaptation of F.
Scott's Fitzgerald classic novel, "The Great Gatsby,"
and in a conversation on Friday about his new
family/MMA drama, "Warrior," he gave The Huffington Post
the update on the ambitious, star-studded literary
translation. Directed by fellow Aussie Baz
Luhrmann and featuring co-stars Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay
Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan
as Daisy Buchanan, and Isla Fisher (according
to reports) as Myrtle, the film, Edgerton said, is on
its way towards production.
"Everything is going to plan. We're deep into
pre-production," Edgerton offered. "I leave LA on Monday
to go back to Australia to continue the rehearsal process, which started a couple of months ago back in
New York. I have this feeling Baz is almost, he goes so
far into the world of his movie that I assume
Baz no longer even has a cell phone. I'm sure he's
talking in to a ye olde world-y phone and riding a horse
to work. We'll get back into rehearsals; it's an
incredible experience and i'm looking forward to getting
The preparation extends to the rest of the cast;
Edgerton says that he has received volumes of
information to help him prepare to play the millionaire
"I've got research materials on every angle of the
movie, from the crime of the era to... books on the Yale
football club, because Tom is the star quarterback," he said. "I've been playing polo, we've
got reams of music from the era and pictures and all
sorts of documentaries and stuff. Baz likes to
surround you 360 degrees in the world of the movie."
That being said, the extra preparation work is something
Edgerton actually truly appreciates and enjoys,
especially the immensity of the undertaking.
"I'm very well aware that I'm involved in an American
classic. I promise you I'm gonna do my best job!" he
laughed. "If I could have a career where I spend
my time working with directors who don't clock in
nine-to-five and half care about their projects but
fully live and breathe it, I'm very lucky, as well."
Arrives in Sydney
Leonardo DiCaprio flew into Sydney this
morning in the lead up to the Great
Gatsby shoot. The Age posted
this video of DiCaprio arriving at Sydney airport,
which also gives a bit of background about the film.
This video reports that filming is going
to begin next week, which ties in with the 1 September
2011 start date reported by The Sydney Morning Herald
article about Elizabeth Debicki that was posted two days ago. However,
The Daily Telegraph has
reported below that the shoot is set to begin in two
weeks. Obviously, there has been several conflicting
reports about when the shoot will actually begin, but
local media interest is definitely increasing now that
the stars are arriving in town!
Further Cast Announced for
The Daily Telegraph has revealed more cast
members for The Great Gatsby. First of all, Callan
McAuliffe, a Sydney teenager, will play the young Jay
Gatsby role just great for young
Aussie actor Callan McAuliffe
The Daily Telegraph, 21 August 2011
Sydney teenager Callan McAuliffe is the latest Aussie to
land a role in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. We can
reveal the former Scots College student will play a
young Jay Gatsby, with Hollywood heavyweight Leonardo
DiCaprio playing the older character. It's a huge coup
for the young star on the rise, who has already been
seen in movies I Am Number Four and Flipped. Luhrmann
will begin filming at Fox Studios in the first week of
September with Isla Fisher to return home for the film.
The Daily Telegraph has also revealed that Jack
Thompson has been cast in The Great Gatsby, although it
is not yet known which character he will play. It has
also been reported that another Australian actor, Kim Knuckey,
will play a senator in the film:
great new role as Leonardo DiCaprio looms
The Daily Telegraph, 20 August 2011
can reveal Aussie screen veteran Jack Thompson has been
added to the star-studded roster. It's yet to be
revealed what role Thompson, who also appeared in Baz
Luhrmann's Australia in 2008, will play in the $150
million 3D reboot of the F Scott Fitzgerald novel which
begins shooting two weeks from Monday. He will be joined
by Underbelly: Razor star Kim Knuckey who will portray a
meanwhile, is expected to hook up with his co-star and
best friend Tobey Maguire, who arrived this week.
Recently named Hollywood's highest-paid actor, DiCaprio
- who was spotted with his new $100,000 hybrid sports
car just before jetting Down Under - is rumoured to have
signed a lease on a Point Piper mini-mansion for the
duration of the shoot, with a gym and poker table at his
disposal. Both DiCaprio and Maguire are renowned as
Texas hold 'em enthusiasts. DiCaprio's girlfriend and
Gossip Girl star Blake Lively will not arrive in town
this weekend due to filming commitments in the US but is
expected to visit.
A source told Confidential this week Luhrmann continued
to "put the pieces of the puzzle together" for the
hugely anticipated film.
Meanwhile, Joel Edgerton has again been
talking to the media about his involvement in the film,
and he has had great things to say about Baz Luhrmann.
The following are interesting excerpts from
Indie Wire and
The Toronto Sun:
... Gets Ready for Great Gatsby
Indie Wire, 20 August 2011
... he’s boarding a plane in just a couple of days to
head back to his native land to shoot a new adaptation
of the a great American classic. With Leonardo DiCaprio
as the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby; Carey Mulligan
as Gatsby’s love, Daisy Buchanan; Tobey Maguire as Nick
Carraway; Jason Clarke as George Miller; and Isla Fisher
as Myrtle, a married woman having an affair with Joel
Edgerton’s Tom Buchanan, Baz Luhrmann’s take on the F.
Scott Fitzgerald novel will be the most sizzling yet.
And while some may wonder about an Aussie director
taking a distinctly American, jazz-age story and filming
it out of the country, don’t tell that to Edgerton, who
believes he’s perfectly suited for the film.
"He’s like P.T. Barnum [laughs]. Baz Luhrmann is the
right man for this job, he’s got a visual poetry to way
he makes movies, I think he’s akin…to the descriptive
language that Fitzgerald had in the book. I think that
is so much a part of the success of that book, the
characters are great and the story is great but the
description language, the way he put it into words is
what made that book keen," said Edgerton. "There needs
to be a maestro at the helm that’s going to turn that
into a thing that matches the book."
to be original
Toronto Sun, 21 August 2011
How will Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby compare to
Robert Redford's? In name only, according to Australian
actor Joel Edgerton who's joined the star-crammed cast
of Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. "They're based on
the same book, but I don't think there will be that much
else to compare them with."
The novel -- published in 1925 and considered to be F.
Scott Fitzgerald's masterpiece -- inspired the 1974 film
which, despite boasting Redford and Mia Farrow as well
as a Francis Ford Coppola-penned screenplay, was widely
regarded as a misfire.
"I think there's a visual language that needs to
accompany this film that gets somewhere close to the
magic of the descriptive language Fitzgerald used,"
Edgerton says, referencing Luhrmann's decision to shoot
in 3D. "I don't know if that film in the 1970s really
hit those heights."
In addition to DiCaprio, the new adaptation stars Carey
Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, the object of the enigmatic
Gatsby's desire; Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway;
and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, who has an affair with
Daisy's husband, Tom Buchanan (Edgerton). Originally Ben
Affleck was cast as Buchanan, but scheduling conflicts
forced him to drop out. The movie begins shooting in
Australia next month. "We're all very excited," Edgerton
says. "Baz is awesome. I think he's the right person to
handle this kind of material."
Feature Film Auditions has posted
online information regarding auditions and casting calls
for The Great Gatsby, including addresses
for extras casting and production companies. The opening
paragraph states, "Filming will be
for 17 weeks beginning mid-late September 2011 near
Sydney and Moore Park, New South Wales, Australia. The
casting directors are casting supporting roles, day
players, extras, photo doubles, and stand-ins to work
various dates during production. Over 400 cast and crew
are being employed during principal photography."
Click here to
check out all the details, and best of luck to everyone
Debicki Talks 'Gatsby'
Elizabeth Debicki has chatted with
The Sydney Morning Herald about her pivotal role
as Jordan Baker in The Great Gatsby. This will be
her feature film debut and she has said, '''I studied Gatsby
in high school and I was in love with the movie … I
guess I do have an affinity with Jordan Baker …maybe
that's what Baz saw in me.''
The article also states that filming is
due to begin on 1 September 2011, but this is
unconfirmed, as other media sources are still reporting
mid-September 2011. The names of some other Australian
cast members who have been cast in the movie have also
been revealed, which I have now added to my
Great Gatsby page.
The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 August 2011
Has Baz Luhrmann unearthed a new Nicole Kidman or even,
dare we say it, a Cate Blanchett? The director has a
habit of plucking actors from relative obscurity and
throwing them centre stage into his mega film
productions, albeit with mixed success.
The latest ''star'' Luhrmann is busy polishing inside
the sound stages at Fox Studios is Australian actor
Elizabeth Debicki, who turned 21 two weeks ago and will
make her feature film debut opposite Hollywood's biggest
names, despite having only just graduated from drama
Debicki will take on the prized role of golfing glamazon
Jordan Baker in his glamorous take on the American
literary masterpiece, F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great
Gatsby, for which the cameras are scheduled to start
rolling in Moore Park on September 1.
During rehearsals yesterday Debicki told PS Luhrmann
asked her to audition after seeing a reel of the young
actor, which had been sent to the director's office in
Los Angeles. She was immediately flown to Hollywood, put
up in the Chateau Marmont and audtioned with co-stars
Leonardo DiCaprio, in the title role, and Tobey Maguire.
''Well it was quite overwhelming at first. Even after I
got the role and was flying back, I had to remind myself
it had actually happened. It was surreal,'' she said.
''I studied Gatsby in high school and I was in love with
the movie … I guess I do have an affinity with Jordan
Baker …maybe that's what Baz saw in me.''
The story of Debicki's ''discovery'' is not dissimilar
to that of young Brandon Walters, the nine-year-old
indigenous boy plucked from the streets of Broome to
find himself in the centre of the $150 million Australia
in 2006. Big things were thought to be heading the now
14-year-old's way, after he won critical acclaim for his
role as Nullah and forged close bonds with Luhrmann and
the film's stars Nicole Kidman and Hugh Jackman. But
those aspirations are yet to be fulfilled. ''Hollywood
would have been nice, but very realistically it's very
tough on all actors,'' Walters's agent, Nathan Morris,
told PS this week.
Meanwhile, on The Great Gatsby set, Luhrmann recently
said of Debicki's casting: ''It was a surprising result,
but Elizabeth's grasp of the material and her chemical
connectivity to Tobey Maguire [playing Baker's lover
Nick Carraway], in addition to her striking, athletic
appearance, had us in a place where we were fully
confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role
of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term 'a
discovery','' he said. ''We are thrilled.''
Other Australian actors who have landed lesser roles in
the film include Kate Mulvany (former girlfriend of the
late All Saints star Mark Priestley), Jacek Koman
(husband of Catherine McClements), Arthur Dignam and Max
The Orlando Sentinel recently chatted with
Joel Edgerton about his upcoming role as Tom
Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. He has said, "I
love the character, Tom. I love Baz,
the cast that he’s assembled. We’re all set to take
on this great piece of American literary history."
Joel Edgerton on Gatsby
The Orlando Sentinel, 15 August 2011
Joel Edgerton is the
latest manly man from Australia to bring a serious
jolt of testosterone to Hollywood. He’s done big
films before, but really broke out with “Animal
Kingdom,” and establishes himself with the mixed
martial arts drama “Warrior,” opening in early
He’s landed the lead in Kathryn Bigelow’s planned
“Kill Bin Laden” movie.
He’ll play the thuggish playboy Tom Buchanan, the
guy who married Daisy, to Leo DiCpario’s Jay Gatsby
in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby,” and we’ll see
him in a couple of films later this year, notably
the remake of “The Thing.”
I asked him about Gatsby.
"Sometimes, it’s best not to know how iconic a role
is, how revered a piece of literature is. I don’t
need the pressure. I did ‘Streetcar’ a couple of
years ago on stage, and the tour culminated in New
York. Cate Blanchett was Blanche and I was Stanley.
Somehow, my brain had shut down this knowledge of
the roles and the play, the things that make you
feel the pressure. I didn’t recognize it. But it hit
me, full force, when I landed in New York to do that
play there. All that the play is, all that Broadway
is, all that Stanley Kowalski is."
"With Gatsby, coming from Australia, I didn’t feel
daunted by it. We have our own famous novels that
everybody knows from studying in school. So I never
grew up with Gatsby. It wasn’t until I was an adult
that I came into contact with Fitzgerald. I haven’t
let myself be intimidated, yet.
Now that I’m doing the film, he’s crept into my
consciousness. I love the character, Tom. I love Baz,
the cast that he’s assembled. We’re all set to take
on this great piece of American literary history."
begin filming in 3 weeks
The Daily Telegraph has today revealed that
Leonardo DiCaprio will arrive in Sydney this week in
preparation for his starring role in The Great
Gatsby. Other stars are expected to arrive
within the fortnight, with filming due to start in
less than three weeks. It has also been revealed
that casting of extras has been taking place over
the past week and that, while most of the shoot will
occur at Fox Studios, some scenes will also be shot
around Sydney. Hopefully, this article marks the
beginning of increased media coverage during the weeks ahead!
Sydney gets a star billing with arrival of Great
Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio this week
The Daily Telegraph, 15 August 2011
HOLLYWOOD superstar Leonardo DiCaprio will arrive in
Sydney this week in preparation for his role in Baz
Luhrmann's highly anticipated film The Great Gatsby.
With filming to start in less than three weeks, the
blockbuster's other big-name stars, including Carey
Mulligan, Tobey McGuire and Australian actress Isla
Fisher, will also fly within the fortnight for the
four-month shoot. Director Luhrmann has spent the
past month in pre-production at Sydney's Fox
Studios, where casting of extras and smaller roles
has been taking place over the past week. While most
of the filming will occur at Fox Studios, where
soundstages have been transformed into 1920s New
York, some scenes will be shot in and around Sydney.
NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell anticipates the big
budget production - the biggest since Hugh Jackman's
X Men Origins: Wolverine in 2009 - will inject $120
million into the local economy, with more than 800
jobs created for the project. "I'm delighted Baz
Luhrmann's next film - The Great Gatsby - will start
production in Sydney next month," the Premier said.
"This is a major feather in the state's cap, and
testimony to our world-class film-making
capabilities - The Great Gatsby is an iconic New
York story, but we'll do it ahead of the Big Apple
itself." The film, based on the classic 1920s novel
by F. Scott Fitzgerald, will star DiCaprio as Jay
Gatsby and is to be the first live action film shot
in NSW in 3D.
The project marks the first time Luhrmann and
DiCaprio have worked together since the
Oscar-nominated Romeo + Juliet in 1996. DiCaprio,
the fifth-highest paid Hollywood actor, commanding
$20 million a movie, will reprise the role made
famous by Robert Redford in 1974, with 25-year-old
British actress Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, played
by Mia Farrow in the original. DiCaprio and Mulligan
are understood to be spending their four months in
Australia staying in houses rather than hotels,
although exact details are being kept secret. Tobey
McGuire is Nick Carraway, while Isla Fisher will
play Myrtle Wilson and Joel Edgerton will play Tom
Buchanan. The tale of doomed love was filmed by
Francis Ford Coppola in 1974.
Gatsby: What it says to modern America
While we continue to wait for news of when filming of The Great Gatsby will
BBC Newshas reported the following insightful
story about the impact this movie could have on today's society, particularly people
living in America.
Gatsby: What it says to modern America
10 August 2011, BBC News
A new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby, starring
Leonardo DiCaprio, begins shooting in Australia in the
coming weeks. As the US struggles with a sense of its
own decline, is this story of thwarted ambition the
perfect tale for modern America?
Eighty-six years after being published, The Great Gatsby
is undergoing a revival. Hollywood stars Leonardo
DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan are preparing to fill the
shoes - brogues and high heels, no doubt - of Jay Gatsby
and Daisy Buchanan, in a new adaptation directed by Baz
Luhrmann. Filming is due to start in late August or
early September, with a 2012 cinema release.
Gatsby-mania has been going on for months. A new
spin-off novel that traces the fortunes of Daisy's
daughter Pamela has not long arrived in bookshops. It
follows the success of Gatz, a six-hour-long
off-Broadway hit at the end of last year. And there was
a musical appreciation provided by the Madison Symphony
Orchestra performing The Gatsby Suite in Wisconsin.
As the US's first small steps out of recession appear to
falter, with 9% unemployment, the lowest rate of home
ownership for decades, a downgrading of its credit
rating and a growing Chinese challenge to US global
supremacy, this tale of frustrated ambition, lost love
and death seems to strike a chord.
Glittering with lyrical prose, F Scott Fitzgerald's
classic novel tells the story of 1920s high society in
Long Island, the golden age of excess before the
Depression. Narrator Nick Carraway is caught up in the
social whirl of parties, afternoon cocktails and fast
cars. And in the midst is his neighbour, the mysterious
Gatsby, whose efforts to recapture the heart of an old
flame, Daisy, end in tragedy.
In one interview, Luhrmann said he wanted to hold up a
mirror to his audience, but from another time because
they would be more willing to accept it. So what is the
message that modern readers and filmgoers must digest?
"It does speak to contemporary America," says David
Dowling, author of a students' guide, The Great Gatsby
in the Classroom. "Especially that so-called American
Dream, that stereotype that everyone can succeed if you
try hard enough. That isn't always true and although
Gatsby's heart is in the right place, the way he goes
about achieving his dream brings about his downfall.
Trying to buy that love shows the failed thinking of
Gatsby and the shallowness of Daisy."
It's interesting to consider the novel in light of the
financial crash of recent years, says Mr Dowling, who
teaches 16 to 18-year-olds the novel at a school in
Portland, Maine. Gatsby's mansion is the venue for
riotous, all-night parties, filled with hedonists
getting drunk on the host's money. Yet by the end of the
story, the home is - like many foreclosed properties
across the US today - empty and neglected.
After the boom comes the bust, says Mr Dowling, and the
book asks how much we want money to play a role in our
lives and what is really important to us. "The novel
asks that basic question. Hopefully reading it [today]
can reshape the American Dream for this century."
It is telling that Nick closes the book by moving back
to the Midwest, back to his roots, to a simpler life,
says Mr Dowling. He turns his back on stockbroking and
returns to his family, to the homespun values of
yesteryear. But Fitzgerald is eager to point out the
allure of Gatsby's dream as well as its flaws, says Lee
Mitchell, professor of English at Princeton University
in New Jersey. For all its faults, he says, the novel
still celebrates his impulse.
"What's wonderful about the novel, about Nick's fiction,
is his ability to see not only the limitations of
Gatsby's dream but the possibilities of it. It's a dream
of starting over and making things over a second time.
Who wouldn't want that? We don't need the Murdochs
telling British Parliament that that's what they want,
to realise it's a universal one."
The novel is not really about the end of the American
Dream but the opening up of it, says Keith Gandal, a
professor at City University of New York.
In World War I, the US had allowed "ethnic Americans"
like Gatsby, who is of German parentage, to become Army
officers and this enabled him to climb the social
ladder, although he is never accepted.
This equality did not extend to black Americans, but it
was a blip in history when the war opened up some
opportunities beyond the Wasp elite, says Mr Gandal,
before an institutional backlash.
"Gatsby's failure to enter the highest class in social
terms and move into that class isn't about money but the
Wasp elite pushing back in the 1920s against ethnic
Not only do they close ranks against outsiders like
Gatsby but they destroy him and escape punishment for
it, says Mr Gandal, which is a very modern theme.
"Tom and Daisy just skip off and that resonates more
than anything else.
"There's a sense [today] that it's the super-rich on
Wall Street who made this happen. I'm sure that
resonates terrifically with middle-class Americans."
The debate about what the novel really means will
continue for decades.
But there are times when society reaches out to that hot
summer in New York's Jazz Age, looking for ways to
understand the present.
As Fitzgerald's famous last line puts it:
"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back
ceaselessly into the past."
Mulligan says 'No Singing' in 'Gatsby'
Further to the video I featured in my
previous news update, MTV.com has today posted another
interview with Carey Mulligan at this year's
Comic-Con. Despite being at the event to promote her
latest film, Driven, there is clearly much interest in
The Great Gatsby, as Mulligan has once again been asked
about Luhrmann's film!
Says 'No Singing' In 'The Great Gatsby' MTV.com, 26 July 2011
One of the hottest upcoming films in Hollywood is Baz
Luhrmann's adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," so it's no
surprise that leading lady Carey Mulligan was a bit
nervous about landing the role. MTV News caught up with
the "Never Let Me Go" star when she was at San Diego
Comic-Con promoting her latest flick, "Drive," that
costars Ryan Gosling and Bryan Cranston. According to
her, waiting to hear back about the audition was quite a
stressful experience for her. "I auditioned for that
when I was doing 'Drive,' so [director] Nick [Winding
Refn] was there for the whole phone-ringing, agent, 'Ahh!'
will I, won't I," Mulligan explained.
There's not much known about the upcoming project. The
casting is mostly completed, with Leonardo DiCaprio
playing the titular Gatsby and Tobey Maguire playing
leading man Nick Carraway, but so far Luhrmann still
hasn't decided if he wants to shoot in 3D or not and
filming has not yet started. One thing's for sure,
though: there won't be any singing in this Luhrmann
flick. "No singing," Mulligan said emphatically. "As I
say, it's been eight months since I got the job, so I've
had a lot of time to think about it."
Carey Mulligan has spoken to
Digital Spy from this year's Comic-Con and has
said she thinks working with Baz Luhrmann on The
Great Gatsby will be "awesome".
Check out the great video interview with Mulligan below! :)
"terrified" of 'Great Gatsby' role
Digital Spy, 25 July 2011
Carey Mulligan has admitted that she is "terrified"
about starring in Baz Luhrmann's big-screen adaptation
of The Great Gatsby. The British actress was cast as
Daisy Buchanan back in November 2010, and said that she
is nervous about starting rehearsals for the project
next month. "Terrified, of course I am," Mulligan told
Empire at Comic-Con International this weekend.
"The whole thing was always meant to happen now, it's
just [Luhrmann] cast me back then and then I think he
started casting everybody else," the actress explained.
"[It was] just more time for me to freak out at home on
Mulligan also said that the lengthy time between being
cast and starting work on the project allowed her to
fully research both her character and The Great Gatsby
writer F. Scott Fitzgerald.
"It's been so interesting, I've had so much time and
I've been able to read so much Fitzgerald," she
revealed. "I've had a lot of time to get into it so I
can't wait to start." Mulligan added that she was "so
excited" about getting the opportunity to work alongside
the Romeo + Juliet director.
The actress is joined in The Great Gatsby cast by
Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Joel Edgerton, Isla
Fisher and Elizabeth Debicki. The Great Gatsby begins
filming in September. Watch Carey Mulligan discuss the
upcoming film at Comic-Con below:
Pre-Production of 'Gatsby' underway!
Although we have not heard anything from
Bazmark since mid-May, it has now been revealed that
pre-production of The Great Gatsby is currently
happening at Fox Studios in Sydney, and that filming is
set to begin around mid-September 2011.
Sydney Morning Herald has reported the following
detailed article. This is exciting
news, as we now have confirmation that the
pre-production is definitely underway!
Baz puts great in
The Sydney Morning Herald, 23 July 2011
A decade ago he
recreated 19th-century Paris's famed Moulin Rouge and
had Nicole Kidman swinging from a trapeze inside
Sydney's Fox Studios. Then it was dusty Faraway Downs,
with Kidman joined by Hugh Jackman for Australia. Now,
in the same film lot, work is underway on Luhrmann's
next folly: 1920s Americana and all its glamour.
More than 200 workers are feverishly transforming the
Moore Park sound stages into an enclave of the super
rich, Long Island in the summer of 1922, in preparation
for filming to begin on Luhrmann's $150 million take on
F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic The Great Gatsby. The
cameras are not set to start rolling until mid-September
when stars Leonardo DiCaprio, Jason Clarke, Tobey
Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton and
Elizabeth Debicki will arrive to help Luhrmann revive
the American literary classic in 3D.
Gatsby tells the dramatic story of Nick Carraway, played
by Spiderman's Maguire, an idealistic yet naive
Midwesterner lured into the lavish world of glamorous
parties and fast cars belonging to his millionaire
neighbour, Jay Gatsby, played by DiCaprio. Fisher plays
Myrtle Wilson, who is cheating on her mechanic husband,
George, played by Jason Clarke. Joel Edgerton plays Tom
Buchanan, Carraway's arrogant cousin, who is having the
affair with Fisher's character behind his wife Daisy's
back (played by Mulligan), an old flame of Gatsby's he
is keen to win back. Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki will
play Jordan Baker, Carraway's lover.
Set in the years following World War I, the film
promises to provide Luhrmann's wife and creative
visionary Catherine Martin with fertile ground to create
extravagant costumes and sets. Scenes shot in Sydney
will recreate New York's Plaza Hotel and Long Island's
magnificent mansions where Gatsby hosted the decadent
and incredibly chic parties Carraway found so
egregiously mesmerising. Indeed the mansion Lands End in
Sands Point, New York, where Fitzgerald partied and is
said to have inspired his famous novel, was razed by
bulldozers in April, the huge white mansion with
imposing colonnades reduced to a pile of rubble.
Luhrmann's team has already acquired a fleet of shiny
vintage cars, currently being shipped to Sydney for the
shoot from Volo Auto Museum in Illinois. The cars
include a pair of 1929 Duesenbergs and a 1929 Packard,
both intended to be used by DiCaprio's character. The
cars are rumoured to be worth up to $3 million each.
Luhrmann and Martin recently threw a farewell party in
New York, attended by mates including Jackman, and are
understood to have returned to Sydney and their
Darlinghurst mansion Iona in the lead up to the shoot.
Gatsby to be
first 3D Red Epic Film
Inside Film has today confirmed that The Great Gatsby
will be shot in 3D. In the past, Baz
Luhrmann has been coy about defining whether or not the
movie would actually be filmed in 3D, but it will be
according to this article. Inside Film mistakenly reported
that filming will begin next month (which, until now,
was the common perception), but it has revealed that this
is set to be a four month shoot.
The Great Gatsby to be shot with RED EPIC and 3ality
Inside Film, 25 July 2011
Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby is set to become the
first major Australian 3D feature shot with the RED EPIC
camera and 3ality rigs. Cinematographer Simon Duggan ACS
said he completed tests on the EPIC with Luhrmann in New
York last month and was “very happy” with the results.
“It’s not that much bigger than a standard film camera,”
he said, adding that the EPIC also allows shooting
hand-held or with a Steadicam.
The film is based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic 1920s
novel and will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan
and Joel Edgerton. Duggan said the film will be shot at
5K resolution to allow blowups and visual effects.
Panavision Australia will supply the three EPIC cameras
(including one backup), as well as the 3ality rigs, for
The four-month shoot begins at Fox Studios Australia
next month and wraps up in December. Alex Proyas' VFX-heavy
Paradise Lost epic is also expected to take up a sound
stage during that time.
Mulligan 'raring to go' on Gatsby
BBC News has recently spoken to Carey Mulligan
about her upcoming role in The Great Gatsby. We
have not heard from Bazmark since mid-May, but the media
is still reporting that this much anticipated movie is
still set to begin filming next month. Mulligan
says she is "raring to go" on the production, and has
also commented that it has been "really research
Carey Mulligan 'raring to
go' on Gatsby
BBC News, 22 July 2011
Carey Mulligan says she has
done intensive research ahead of filming The Great
Gatsby in Australia next month. The Oscar-nominated
actress will play socialite Daisy Buchanan in Baz
Luhrmann's version of F Scott Fitzgerald's classic
Mulligan, who has just finished
in a stage play in New York, told the BBC: "It's
daunting. It's the biggest thing I've been involved in -
it's strange going from a little off-Broadway play to
such a big thing, but I'm raring to go."
Filming begins at Fox Studios
in Sydney in August. Luhrmann's last two films,
Australia and Moulin Rouge, were also shot there.
According to industry paper The Hollywood Reporter, it
will be the first live-action 3D movie to be shot in New
South Wales. The story itself is set in New York.
Mulligan stars opposite
Leonardo DiCaprio, who plays the mysterious Jay Gatsby
and Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway. The most
famous film version of The Great Gatsby is Jack
Clayton's 1974 movie, which starred Robert Redford as
Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Buchanan and Sam Waterston as
Mulligan said that the whole
Gatsby cast had got together in New York earlier this
year to workshop the characters. "It's really research
intensive. We got overloaded with books and research
files. I've been reading Zelda Fitzgerald [wife of F
Scott] biographies about [Chicago socialite] Ginevra
King and all these characters that Daisy was drawn
2 July 2011
Talks 'The Great Gatsby'
With filming of The Great Gatsby reportedly set to begin
in Sydney next month, we can hopefully expect more news of the
upcoming production very soon. Indeed, Hugh Jackman
recently let us all know that Baz Luhrmann and Catherine
Martin have now headed back to Australia in preparation
for the shoot. On 25 June, Jackman posted on his
page the following tweet:
"went to a farewell party 4 baz
luhrmann & catherine martin who are heading down under 4
gatsby. bon voyage & birth to a future masterpiece!"
Jackman also posted a photo of Luhrmann and
Martin at the party - check it out
Joel Edgerton talks 'The Great Gatsby': 'Tom Buchanan is
a complicated fellow' -
Entertainment Weekly, 28 June 2011
Joel Edgerton (Animal Kingdom) is currently in Paris to
promote his new film Warrior, the action-packed
tearjerking tale co-starring Tom Hardy, written and
directed by Gavin O’Connor (Miracle), about estranged
brothers who must face each other in a mixed martial
arts championship. (It hits theaters Sept. 9.) But EW
was also able to ask the 37-year-old actor about his
next role: that of Tom Buchanan in the highly
anticipated Baz Luhrmann adaptation of F. Scott
Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
“I can’t wait,” says Edgerton. “Tom Buchanan is a
fantastic character … a very complicated fellow. I love
Baz and I think the cast he’s got together is just
incredible — every single one of them.” Indeed! Edgerton
joins Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play the enigmatic Jay
Gatsby; Tobey Maguire as narrator Nick Carraway; Carey
Mulligan as Gatsby’s object of affection Daisy Buchanan;
and Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan’s
mistress. Edgerton joined the cast after Ben Affleck —
who had been in talks with the director — passed on the
role due to scheduling conflicts with his Iran hostage
“This is the cool thing about being an actor,” says
Edgerton, who has been learning to play polo for his
Gatsby role. “All sorts of things become a privilege,
you know? Getting to learn different things about
different peoples’ lives … getting to live the life of a
fighter for a little while and then getting to jump on a
horse and play polo. There’s a real childish excitement
for me. And one of the other privileges is getting to
work with extraordinary people.” He laughs. “The idea of
going toe-to-toe with Leonardo… “
Oh, and there’s one extra benefit for Edgerton: The
Great Gatsby will be filming in his native Australia.
“The studio is quite close to where I live,” he says. “I
love being in Los Angeles, but I particularly love being
to play George Wilson
in 'The Great Gatsby'
The Hollywood Reporterwas the first to announce
that Australian actor Jason Clarke has been cast in the
role of George Wilson in The Great Gatsby. Clarke
completes the casting of the major characters in Baz
Luhrmann's upcoming movie.
The Hollywood Reporter also
stated that filming will begin in the fall. As far as I
know, the American fall starts in September but,
previously, the State Government of New South Wales
advised that filming is due to start in August. However,
Variety today reported that the shoot will begin
at the end of July! Despite the general confusion
regarding the actual starting time, it now seems certain
that The Great Gatsby will begin shooting in the
next couple of months or so.
Snags Key Role in 'The Great Gatsby' (Exclusive) - The
The "Chicago Code" star joins an A-list cast led by
Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's feature adaptation.
Jason Clarke has nabbed one of the final key roles in
Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby for Warner
Bros. and Village Roadshow.
The filmmaker has lined up an A-list cast that includes
Leonardo DiCaprio as the wealthy and mysterious Jay
Gatsby; Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, who in the novel
is the narrator; Carey Mulligan as Gatsby's love, Daisy
Buchanan; and Isla Fisher as Myrtle, a married woman
having an affair with Buchanan.
Lurhmann has been leaning towards filling the last big
roles with Australian actors, a move which will help the
production secure tax credits as it moves towards a fall
shoot in Down Under. Rising male actor Joel Edgerton was
cast in mid-May as Buchanan.
Clarke, who hails from Australia, will play George
Wilson, the cuckholded husband of Myrtle and the man who
brings the story to its climax.
Clarke starred in the TV shows Brotherhood and more
recently The Chicago Code. He recently wrapped
production on The Wettest County in the World, John
Hillcoat’s ensemble period drama that also stars Shia
LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, and has The Fields, the crime
movie starring Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan,
in the can. Clarke is repped by UTA and Robert Stein
CM's "Biggest Challenge to Date"
Last month, MTV.com
hosted an hour-long webcast to celebrate the 10th
anniversary of Baz Luhrmann's Moulin Rouge!
(Check out my
10th Anniversary page).
The event was held in the very early
hours of the morning in Australian time, so most
Australian fans (like me) missed the live broadcast.
Afterwards, MTV posted several clips on their website,
which was fantastic, but unfortunately they did not post
the entire webcast. I found this disappointing, as fans
had been asked to send in questions via Twitter, yet in
all of the clips posted on MTV's website, only one
Twitter question was actually asked. I was particularly
disappointed that we did not get to hear from Catherine
Martin (CM) in any of the MTV clips, particularly
because I had been told that she had been asked my
I have now kindly been provided with a copy of the
entire MTV webcast by a fellow fan, so I have finally
been able to watch the entire MTV footage. And I am
happy to report that yes, CM was asked my Twitter
question! While MTVdid post most of the webcast
highlights on their website, I do think that this
segment should also have been featured, as CM actually
mentioned The Great Gatsby as her "biggest
challenge to date"!
At around 45 minutes into the webcast, while CM was
talking about the costumes in Moulin Rouge!, the
host asked my question. My Twitter handle, 'bazthegreat',
appeared onscreen and the host read outloud my question.
CM then answered in detail, which I have transcribed
My Question: "Catherine - The
costumes in Moulin Rouge! were brilliant, but complex.
Was this your most challenging film to work on?"
Host: "I would suspect they're all
challenging, but is this the most challenging would you
CM: "Look, every time you start a
new film, you swing between kind of arrogant cockiness
that you're going to blitz it and total and utter abject
fear that grips your very entrails. And I remember when
Baz told me we were going to make Moulin Rouge!, I went
"A can-can movie? You're kidding me! How are we going to
make that work?" And I was like "Oh my God, I don't know
how to do that." But every movie that I've made, and I
think that's another gift, is that Baz is always going
to unchartered territories so there are always
challenges that I've never met before. In Moulin Rouge!,
one of the most interesting parts of the challenges was
actually getting the can-can skirts technically to work
because they are a bit of an engineering feat. And we
tried lots of different manufacturing ways of doing them
but they are very heavy and they used to hurt the
dancer's hips so we had to work out a way of making them
very light and very moveable. So, what is my ... I'll
tell you, it's the movie I'm working on right now is my
biggest challenge to date! (points at Baz) We were only
just having a discussion about it an hour or so ago..."
Baz: "What movie is that?"
Host: (laughing) "Does it rhyme
with Bait Batsby?"
Baz: "Ok, ok..."
Host: "We'll get to that in a
second. I'm going to ask a couple of questions about
The host then changed the subject, and we know that
The Great Gatsby was discussed later on. However, I
love how Luhrmann was caught off guard by CM's comments
about the movie and interrupted her to stop her talking
about it! Obviously, Luhrmann wants the making of The
Great Gatsby to remain as mysterious as possible (we
already know this from the limited information that has
been officially released so far!) This elusiveness is
typical in the pre-production of Luhrmann's films, and
this is also why I try to report every tidbit of
information I can here on my website, so that fans can
put the pieces together in anticipation. But I thought
this was a great moment in the webcast, and I'm glad it
was my question that led to it! :)
Meanwhile, we have not heard any official Gatsby
news since Joel Edgerton's casting as Tom Buchanan, but
hopefully we will hear more soon!
to play Tom Buchanan
in 'The Great Gatsby'
Joel Edgerton (left) photographed auditioning for the
role of Tom Buchanan.
New York City, May 13, 2011. Photo: Baz Luhrmann.
website has now been updated
to reflect that Joel Edgerton will play the role of Tom
Buchanan. Bazmark also posted an official image of
Edgerton auditioning for the role, pictured above.
In my last news update, I indicated that
I thought Joel Edgerton might win the role of Tom
Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, and now his casting
has been confirmed! Edgerton is the second Australian to
be cast in Luhrmann's upcoming film in the past week,
following the announcement last Wednesday of newcomer
Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.
Deadline was again the first to report news of
this latest casting:
Gets Tom Buchanan Role In 'The Great Gatsby'
EXCLUSIVE: Joel Edgerton has been set by director Baz
Luhrmann to play Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby. He
will join Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as
Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, Isla
Fisher as Myrtle (Tom's mistress), and Australian
newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker. Edgerton,
the Australian actor who was on the short list to star
in The Bourne Legacy spinoff at Universal and other plum
roles, takes a part that was going to Ben Affleck until
his schedule didn't work when he committed to direct and
star in Argo for Warner Bros. Luhrmann's update of the
F. Scott Fitzgerald classic will be made for Warner
Bros, which will release it in 3D. Edgerton next stars
with Tom Hardy in Warrior, the Gavin O'Connor-directed
drama about brothers who square off in the mixed martial
arts arena. Edgerton has an imposing physicality that
makes him an intriguing choice for the role of Tom,
played by Bruce Dern in the 1974 film.
Luhrmann, who took the above photo of Edgerton as
Buchanan, confirmed he'd found his man: "In casting Tom
one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as
Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends
that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star
acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes
between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo
DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it
has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth
is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York
and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."
or Luke Evans
to play Tom Buchanan?
Just days after Bazmark announced the
casting of Aussie newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan
Baker in The Great Gatsby,
The Hollywood Reporter has today revealed that
Joel Edgerton and Luke Evans both read for the role of
Tom Buchanan late last week. Casting has not yet taken
place, but it seems that these two actors may be
frontrunners for this pivotal role.
Edgerton is an Australian and this is noteworthy because on 19 April
Deadline reported that Ben Affleck had pulled
out of the project, they further stated:
"Word is [Luhrmann]'s
trying to get Australian actors for some of the roles
because it helps the film's financial situation." Could
this give Edgerton an advantage over Evans? We will have
to wait and see! :)
Joel Edgerton, Luke Evans Square Off for
Key 'Great Gatsby' Role (Exclusive)
Baz Luhrmann has tested both actors to play Tom
Buchanan, a part once eyed by Ben Affleck. Baz Luhrmann
is zeroing in on his Tom Buchanan for the all-star
adaptation of The Great Gatsby, being made in 3D by
Warner Bros. Insiders say Joel Edgerton and Luke Evans
took part in readings for the role late in the week. No
decision has been made, however, as to who ultimately
Buchanan is one of the key chracters in F. Scott
Fitzgerald's story of love and discontentment among the
rich in lavish 1920s Long Island, New York. Leonardo DiCaprio is attached to play the wealthy and mysterious
Jay Gatsby, while Tobey Maguire is playing Nick Carraway,
who in the novel is the narrator. Carey Mulligan is
playing Gatsby’s love, Daisy Buchanan, who is married to
Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man having an affair with a
mistress (Isla Fisher) in the city.
Ben Affleck circled the role earlier this year but
ultimately couldn't make the dates work with Argo, the
political thriller that will be his next directorial
effort. That movie is eyeing a September start while
Gatsby is heading for a start in August.
Both Edgerton and Evans are among a group of
increasingly sought-after male actors who often compete
for similar roles. With Gatsby, either of these actors
could end up working with A-listers on an Oscar-level
prestige period movie.
Edgerton, an Australian, is only now making serious
headway into Hollywood productions, despite playing Owen
Lars in the last Star Wars trilogy. He has two movies in
post, Disney’s The Odd Life of Timothy Green and
Universal’s prequel The Thing, in the can. His name has
also surfaced in connection with Kathryn Bigelow's Navy
Seal project. He is repped by CAA, Markham Froggatt and
Irwin, and Shanahan Management.
Evans, born in England, has appeared in Clash of the
Titans and Tamara Drewe, and is poised for real notice
playing Aramis in Paul W.S. Anderson’s adaptation of The
Three Musketeers and playing Zeus opposite Henry Cavill
in Tarsem Singh’s Immortals. He also stars opposite John
Cusack in the Edgar Allan Poe thriller The Raven. He is
repped by WME and Luber Roklin Management.
Debicki to play Jordan
Baker in 'The Great Gatsby'
Elizabeth Debicki (left)
photographed auditioning for the role of Jordan Baker.
Los Angeles, April 25, 2011. Photo: Baz Luhrmann.
On 11 May 2011, Bazmark's
website announced that the role of Jordan Baker in
Great Gatsby will be played by Australian newcomer,
The role of Jordan
Baker, famous golfer and aloof love interest of narrator
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire), is to be played by
unknown newcomer Elizabeth Debicki, fresh out of the
Victorian College of the Arts.
"It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth's grasp of
the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey
Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic
appearance, had us in a place where we were fully
confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role
of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term 'a
discovery.' We are thrilled. As each role in Gatsby is
cast, we seek, in the most dramatic way, to clarify each
of Fitzgerald's characters, one against the other."
- Baz Luhrmann,
New York May 11, 2011
Bazmark's announcement was accompanied by
the above photo of Debicki in character. I think this
image is absolutely stunning. She actually looks very
much like I imagined Jordan Baker to be, and I can't
wait to see Debicki and Mulligan onscreen together as
the two gorgeous female leads!
As always, the first media source on the internet to
report the latest Great Gatsby news was
Newcomer Elizabeth Debicki To Play
Jordan Baker In 'The Great Gatsby'
EXCLUSIVE: Baz Luhrmann has found his Jordan Baker for
The Great Gatsby, his 3D adaptation of F. Scott
Fitzgerald's famed novel for Warner Bros. She's newcomer
and fellow Aussie Elizabeth Debicki, who's coming
straight from the Victorian College of the Arts. She
will play the famed golfer and love interest of narrator
Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) in the update, which
already has set Maguire as Carraway, Leonardo DiCaprio
as Gatsby and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. "It was a
surprising result, but Elizabeth's grasp of the material
and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in
addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in
a place where we were fully confident and ready to take
the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I
guess, people would term 'a discovery,' " Luhrmann said.
"We are thrilled."
As for the role of Daisy's husband Tom Buchanan,
producers are bearing down on their man. The part was
originally offerd to Ben Affleck before he had to bow
out due to a scheduling conflict with his next directing
As well as news of Debicki, Deadline also adds that producers
are "bearing down on their man" for the role of Tom
Buchanan. As previously reported, the role of Buchanan
was originally going to be taken on by Ben Affleck, but
he recently had to pull out due to scheduling
difficulties. The question remains whether Bazmark will
choose another Hollywood actor, or another unknown
Australian? Hopefully we will find out soon! :)
Meanwhile, according to
TMZ, producers have reportedly
paid out big money to purchase three 1920s cars to be
featured in The Great Gatsby.
Click here to view their photo gallery of the cars,
including the image above.
Drop $$$ On Restored 1920s Cars
Leo DiCaprio will be rolling around the set of "The
Great Gatsby" in several authentic, restored cars from
the 1920s ... and TMZ has learned producers dropped a
TON of cash to make sure they got the real deal. Sources
connected to the production tell us ... filmmakers went
to the Volo Auto Museum in Illinois last week and BOUGHT
a pair of 1929 Duesenbergs and a 1929 Packard -- both
intended to be used by DiCaprio's character, Jay Gatsby.
TMZ spoke to a rep from Volo who tells us three cars are
valued at anywhere from $800 thousand to $3 MILLION each
-- but the rep wouldn't reveal how much cash producers
plunked down for the rides. We're told the cars are
scheduled to be shipped out to the movie set in
Australia in the next few weeks. Fun Fact: 'The Great
Gatsby' takes place during the summer of 1922 ... so,
technically, these cars weren't even on the roads yet
... but they're still cool.
7 May 2011
"Moulin Rouge at 10: A Spectacular Spectacular
MTV News Event" was broadcast by MTV.com on Monday, May 2, at 3:00pm (US EST),
which celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Moulin
Rouge! and spawned lots of media publicity across
MTV.com posted various articles regarding their
'Spectacular' broadcast, each one revealing different
information that was revealed during the event
accompanied by a relevant piece of video footage. The
following article focuses on the possibility of Luhrmann
The Great Gatsby in 3D:
With the 10th anniversary of
"Moulin Rouge" come and gone, director Baz Luhrmann has
been teaming up to create a new film experience to
capture the imagination of a generation: an adaptation
of "The Great Gatsby." MTV News caught up with the
director last week and asked him about the project,
which has had rumors of everything from leading actors
to being filmed in 3-D. Luhrmann was hesitant to give
too much away about the project, which he is still
finalizing, but he is enthusiastic to begin the process
of bringing the classic story to the screen.
"This is a perfectly structured
novella and therefore a very good film is yet to be made
that is exactly like the novella, to use the primary
elements of the novella," he said. "So I thought, I
really want to do this, and then took some time but
finally bought the rights to it." It was the way the
story of Nick, Daisy and Gatsby resonates with audiences
now as well as his love of the book that really drew Luhrmann to the project. "I feel the story of 'Gatsby'
speaks so directly to what we have just gone through."
The idea to adapt the novel
came after he finished "Moulin Rouge" in the early 2000s
and then was stuck on a long train ride through China.
He only had two audiobooks with him, and one of them was
"Gatsby," so he ended up listening to that. He described
re-hearing the book as "an incredible experience" that
convinced him the story just has not been told right on
the big screen.
As to whether or not the movie
will actually be shot in 3-D, though, Luhrmann was
hesitant. "First of all I'd have to say yes," he said.
"I mean, it's something where if I was, I would love to
talk about it. When I do, I want to have something to
say. Right now, really clearly, I'm just bringing those
as Tom Buchanan - Fisher in as Myrtle Wilson?
Deadline was once again the first media resource
to provide an update about Luhrmann's The Great
Gatsby, which I have now added to my
page. This most recent casting news has now spread
across the internet, causing even more speculation about
the upcoming project.
It has now been confirmed that Ben
Affleck will not play Tom Buchanan, due to scheduling
conflicts with another film he has already committed
too. Luhrmann is now looking for a replacement, and word
is that he is trying to get an Australian actor.
Personally, I would love it if Luhrmann chose Richard
Roxburgh or David Wenham to play Tom Buchanan. Both
actors have worked with Luhrmann before in Moulin
Rouge! and I think they would be great in the role.
But we'll have to wait and see...
It has also been reported that
Australian actress, Isla Fisher, is in talks to play Tom
Buchanan's mistress, Myrtle Wilson. I must say that,
personally, I think Fisher is a surprising choice for
this character, as she is not the type of actress I
would have imagined in the role. However, I am sure that
Bazmark have chosen her for good reason, and it will be
interesting to see if her casting is confirmed.
Can't Do 'The Great Gatsby' (Deadline, 19
Though director Baz Luhrmann
wanted Ben Affleck to play Tom Buchanan in his 3D update
of The Great Gatsby, the actor won't be taking part in
the movie adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary
classic. Luhrmann offered Affleck the role in early
April and courted him hard. The problem was, the film
will shoot in Australia, and the scheduling just didn't
match up on Argo. Affleck is committed to direct that
film, about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, in the Middle
East. They tried to work it out but ultimately couldn't.
So far, Luhrmann has commitments from Leonardo DiCaprio
to play Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan to play Daisy
Buchanan, and Tobey Maguire to play Nick Carraway.
Warner Bros is in talks with Isla Fisher to play Myrtle,
the wife of a gas-station owner who is cheating with
Buchanan. Luhrmann is looking for another actor to play
him. Word is he's trying to get Australian actors for
some of the roles because it helps the film's financial
situation. Luhrmann, who wrote the script with Craig
Pearce, is producing with his Luhrmann/Bazmark Films
partners Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman, and Red
Wagon partners Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher.
Finally, according to a variety of other
sources, such as
The Herald Sun, "production kicks off in about a
fortnight". It has been previously reported that
pre-production may begin in May, and I can only assume
that this is where this information has come from.
However, pre-production is different to actual
production, and I'm not sure how the media can report
that production "kicks off" in a fortnight when casting
is still underway! Furthermore, we still have not
received any official confirmation from Bazmark
regarding the production schedule. So far, we have had to rely on various media reports, which is
obviously adding to the widespread confusion and
speculation surrounding this project.
to play Tom Buchanan?
Deadline has again been the first to report
further news about Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby.
On 7 April 2011, it was reported that Ben Affleck is "in
talks" to play the role of Tom Buchanan. However,
Affleck must first clear up some scheduling
difficulties, as he is preparing to direct another
Warner Brothers movie.
Reuters has reported that Affleck's film,
Argo, is set to begin in September however, as has
been previously reported, The Great Gatsby may
begin filming in August. Deadline indicates in
their article below that "signs point toward him making
time in his schedule", but we will have to wait and see
whether Affleck officially joins the cast.
Circling Big 'Great Gatsby' Role
EXCLUSIVE: Ben Affleck is in talks to play the role of
Tom Buchanan in The Great Gatsby, the Baz Luhrmann-directed
3D adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary
classic at Warner Bros. Now, Affleck will have to work
to fit this in. After starring in and directing The
Town, he’s prepping to direct Argo, a film about the
1979 Iran hostage crisis. But signs point toward him
making time in his schedule to join Leonardo DiCaprio,
Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan in Gatsby. Both
projects are at Warner Bros.
Tom Buchanan is the husband of Daisy (Mulligan), in a
role originated by Bruce Dern in the 1974 film. DiCaprio
plays Jay Gatsby (Robert Redford starred in the
original) and Maguire plays Nick Carraway (Sam Waterston
in the 1974 pic). Luhrmann, who wrote the script with
Craig Pearce, is still in the process of setting the
roles of Jordan Baker (originated by Lois Chiles), the
gas station owner George Wilson (Scott Wilson) and his
wife Myrtle (played by Karen Black in the original). Tom
is having an affair with Myrtle, and they all play a
role in a tragedy.
Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman of
Luhrmann/Bazmark Films will produce with Red Wagon
partners Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher. G Mac Brown will
also produce. WME reps Affleck.
Pre-Production in May
Luhrmann's comments in his recent
Magazine have been causing much speculation
across the internet. However,
The Daily Telegraph yesterday reported
the following, advising that Bazmark Films has said,
"The Great Gatsby will commence
preproduction in Sydney in late May as planned."
Sydney is just
great for Gatsby remake
this week over Baz Luhrmann's reboot of American classic
The Great Gatsby after his unusual interview with a US
magazine. Asked why he chose to shoot in Sydney, not New
York where the original book is set, Luhrmann said: "I'm
not doing Gatsby right now for this reason. Because
despite what might be out there, I have made
no comment about anything." That surprised the State
Government's Department of Industry and Investment,
which stated the film will begin shooting in August with
their full support. A hasty call to Luhrmann's Bazmark
Films yesterday reassured "The Great Gatsby will
commence preproduction in Sydney in late May as
Cooper as Tom Buchanan?
The New York Times has posted an interesting
interview with US movie star, Bradley Cooper. At the end
of the interview, Cooper talked about how he would love
to play the as yet uncast role of Tom Buchanan in
Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby. He admits he has not
been contacted by Luhrmann, but you can't blame him for
trying to get Bazmark's attention! :)
Mr. Cooper became
most animated, though, discussing the role he was hoping
to land in Baz Luhrmann’s coming 'Great Gatsby'
adaptation: Gatsby’s cocky, blueblood rival, Tom
"To me, he’s the
best character in the book. He’s so complicated," Mr.
Cooper said. "He's xenophobic, he’s an alcoholic, but he
also understands some profound stuff about class.
Whoever plays it has to take a gentle hand, because it
could so easily be stock, where he’s a rich jerk you
don’t identify with at all."
He paused, dialing
down his enthusiasm. "I don’t even know if I’m on
Luhrmann's radar," he said. "Maybe he’ll read this
article after the role’s cast and say, 'Oh. Ha. Yeah,
that guy was never going to get it.'"
Luhrmann will direct
but 'not right now'
New York Magazine has today posted the below
article, where the reporter actually spoke to Baz
Luhrmann about The Great Gatsby. Over the past
few weeks, there has been a lot of media reports and
speculation about the movie, but no official statement
from Luhrmann. As far as I know, this is the first time
Luhrmann has spoken out about the film this year. It is
a somewhat playful interview, with the reporter trying
her best to get a straight answer. But Luhrmann handles
the probing questions in typical Baz style, avoiding
giving away too much information, but giving us just
enough to keep us guessing what he'll do next!
Luhrmann has confirmed he is doing
The Great Gatsby, but not right now. He also said,
"Despite what might be out there,
I have made no comment about anything. So until I say
it, it's not said, you know." I have been
repeating this fact from the beginning, throughout my
news updates, as there has been no official statement
about the film from Bazmark since 15 November 2010, when
Luhrmann announced that Carey Mulligan had been cast as
Daisy Buchanan on the Bazmark
I am therefore very glad that the
following information has now come direct from Luhrmann.
Of course, Luhrmann's evasiveness also means that fans
need to continue to be patient. I will keep posting what
is reported by the media right here on my site. However, as with
any Luhrmann project, movie information is only really
confirmed when he says it is! :)
Says He’ll Direct The Great Gatsby, But ‘Not Right Now’
Like The Hobbit, another highly
anticipated book adaptation from Down Under, the rumor
mill has been working overtime on The Great Gatsby. It's
going to star Carey Mulligan! And Leo DiCaprio and his
BFF Tobey Maguire! Baz Luhrmann is going to direct it!
No, wait, maybe he's not going to direct it! He's going
to shoot it in 3-D! Seriously! And even though it's set
in Long Island, he's going to shoot it in ... Australia!
It was just our luck, then, that Luhrmann happened to be
in attendance at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's gala
dinner in honor of Geoffrey Rush's turn in Gogol's Diary
of a Madman. As with most Australians in this biz,
Luhrmann and Rush go way back; Luhrmann had been part of
a group of Australian artists who'd plunked down their
own money to save the Belvoir Theater, where Rush
originally played Madman's title character 22 years ago.
Luhrmann's wife, Catherine Martin, had designed the sets
back then (young Baz volunteered to paint them), just as
she had done for the current production at BAM. A chatty
Luhrmann was happy to discuss psycho-pharmaceuticals,
loneliness, death, odd jobs, and pizza, but talked
circles when we tried to get clarification on the Great
Gatsby rumors. From a detailed analysis of his hints and
winks, we're pretty sure he's directing the movie, and
that his next one after this might be about food.
When's the last time you were in Brooklyn?
I was in Bushwick recently at a fantastic pizza
restaurant I love out there. It's called ... [turns to
wife] CM, what's that crazy great, awesome, brilliant
pizza restaurant in Bushwick where we go to? Roberta's!
Where they grow their own organics. It's just awesome
and we have a great time and they grow all their stuff
out of the back. And my kids go to school here and I
really like the fact that they see where their food
They go to school in Bushwick?
No, they go uptown. I just like taking them different
places. And most of my team are in Brooklyn. So I'm
there a lot.
If you're here a lot and most of your team is in
Brooklyn, why are you shooting The Great Gatsby in
That's a great question. I'm not doing Gatsby right now
for this reason. Because despite what might be out
there, I have made no comment about anything. So until I
say it, it's not said, you know.
What does that mean?
What it means is, much like what goes on in any event,
when you're in the middle of the work, there's all sorts
of things you're doing, and, you know, when I'm really
clear — I, right now, my only focus is absorbing — I've
been studying Fitzgerald now for three years, and my
only act now is to absorb the DNA of his world, his
life, the world of the novel. That's why I have
published on our website all the books we're reading.
And I think before we all engage anyone, the first thing
to do is to do your homework, read the books, and then
Does that mean even the fact that you're making The
Great Gatsby is misreported?
No, I'm making The Great Gatsby.
And the 3-D part?
Like I said, I'm in the middle of my own
stage, before you truly have something to express. I'm
in the middle of my own moment and my team's, and I'm
just building culture. Building creative culture.
So all the rumors about casting and where it's going
to be shot are just things people are saying?
That would be a really clever way of getting a
confirmation or a denial, and I commend you highly!
Girl's gotta try.
You've got a long road ahead of you. I say, "Nice try."
And what do you think about the Long Island mansion,
Lands End, rumored to be the inspiration for Daisy
Buchanan's house in the novel, possibly getting razed?
I can comment on that. Well, even that I actually can't.
Because I've got an idea.
Of how to save it?
I didn't say that.
Can you give me a general range in the world of ideas
where this idea might fall?
Of course I had reaction to it, of which I cannot
express, because I haven't formed my plan.
Okay, but there is some idea in the ether?
I had a strong reaction to it. [Bursts out laughing.]
Well, thanks for the Roberta's recommendation. You
should do a movie about food.
Funny you should say that ... [raises eyebrows] Uh-uh. I
didn't say anything!
6 March 2011
On 20 February 2011, it was widely
reported that Baz Luhrmann signed off on a
production deal with the New South Wales State
Government to film The Great Gatsby in Sydney.
Various other production details were revealed,
including that the film would be shot in 3D.
There has been a lot of speculation
regarding the choice to shoot the movie in 3D, but I
recommend checking out a blog by
Bleeding Cool that puts the use of 3D in a
positive light - "3D is young
enough (or, perhaps more properly, unexplored enough)
that the many, many ways it could be used in [scenes]
has yet to be properly explored. Sounds like Luhrmann’s
our man to give the options a good thinking over."
Unfortunately, there still has been no
official statement from Baz Luhrmann or his production
company, Bazmark Inq, regarding production of The
Great Gatsby. Bazmark's official
website has not
been updated, and there has been no news on their
Facebook page. While we wait for official
confirmation, I have created a new Great Gatsby
page summarising the production details that have been
reported so far. Click on the link on the right hand
side of this page to check it out. And, as always, if
you find any news that I have not featured on my
website, feel free to
Since announcing the news that The
Great Gatsby will be filming in Sydney, I have
received many e-mails from people enquiring about how
they can get involved in the production. Please remember
that Baz the Great! is just a fansite and I have
no contact details for Baz Luhrmann or Bazmark Inq, so
I'm sorry I cannot help you out! However, I will
continue to post all movie information that I find right
here, including any publicly available news about
future casting sessions.
Meanwhile, news of The Great Gatsby has
been circulating the internet and it has now been
revealed that the film will have a budget of over $120
million. The following excerpts are taken from an
article today reported by
The Sydney Morning Herald:
[NSW] Premier, Kristina Keneally, announced as a win for the state's film
industry the 3D movie, which is due to start shooting at
Fox Studios in August with a budget of more than $120
million. ''Australia was thought to be losing
international filmmaking due to the strong Aussie dollar
- put simply, this is a big win,'' Ms Keneally said. But
at a time when the country is struggling to attract
foreign production because of the exchange rate, a 40
per cent tax rebate offered by the federal government
for films by Australian producers will have been pivotal
to landing the movie. It means Warner Bros will in
effect get a $120 million movie for less than $80
million ... Warner Bros took over the movie after
executives from the Sony studio scouted facilities at
Fox Studios and a European city before Christmas. The
change confirms the end of Luhrmann's long relationship
with Rupert Murdoch's Twentieth Century Fox, which
backed Romeo + Juliet, Moulin Rouge and
Gatsby' confirmed to shoot in Sydney
After months of speculation surrounding
Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, it has today been
revealed that, last Friday, Luhrmann signed off on a
production deal with the New South Wales State
Government to film the movie in Sydney. It had been
expected that Luhrmann might shoot in New York, where
the legendary tale is based. However, according to
The Sunday Telegraph (and
news.com.au) which first broke the story, The
Great Gatsby will be produced at Sydney's Fox
The film will be backed by Warner
Brothers, which Deadline.com recently revealed
was close to nearing a studio deal (see my last news
update). Pre-production may commence as early as next
month, and filming of The Great Gatsby will begin
in August and last 17 weeks before 30 weeks of
post-production. The article also states that the movie
will be in 3D. However, I am not sure whether this
article is riding on the back of recent speculation
regarding the possibility of 3D, or if it definitely
This is all very exciting news indeed! While Bazmark
has yet to make an official announcement, I
take the below article to be the confirmation that we've
been waiting for. It's confirmed - The Great Gatsby
will be Luhrmann's next movie. It's also confirmed
that, once again, Luhrmann will shoot in Australia
(which will be reminiscent of the making of Moulin
Rouge!, and hopefully bring him the same level of
Baz Luhrmann to
film Great Gatsby with Leonardo DiCaprio in Sydney
Baz Luhrmann has signed a deal to remake one of the most
iconic movies of all time, The Great Gatsby, in Sydney.
In a coup for the Australian film industry and the NSW
government of Kristina Keneally, Luhrmann has brushed
New York - where the classic tale is set - and will
instead shoot a 3D version in NSW. The Sunday Telegraph
can reveal the State Government signed off on a
production deal with Luhrmann early on Friday morning.
Luhrmann has already secured Leonardo DiCaprio to play
Jay Gatsby in the F. Scott Fitzgerald story, one of the
film industry's most anticipated projects. It will be
the first time Luhrmann and DiCaprio have worked
together since the Oscar-nominated Romeo + Juliet in
1996. DiCaprio, who commands $20 million a movie, will
reprise the role made famous by Robert Redford in 1974,
with 25-year-old British actress Carey Mulligan as Daisy
Buchanan, played by Mia Farrow in the original. Tobey
Maguire is tipped to play young bachelor Nick Carraway,
rounding out an all-star cast. ...
The Warner Bros-backed film will be produced at Sydney's
Fox Studios and will be the first live-action 3D movie
shot in NSW. Filming will begin in August and last 17
weeks before 30 weeks of post-production. Luhrmann and
his wife Catherine Martin will re-create famous New York
and Long Island landmarks from the 1920s. The tale of
doomed love has been filmed six times, the most famous
being the 1974 Francis Ford Coppola-penned version
starring Redford and Farrow.
Mulligan, who beat Gossip Girl star Blake Lively and
Amanda Seyfried for the role, burst into tears when
Luhrmann phoned her and said: "Hello, Daisy Buchanan."
Before he signed a deal to bring the movie to Sydney,
Luhrmann, who is in the US, had been tipped to choose
New York or possibly Europe to shoot the film.
Premier Kristina Keneally said the deal would inject
more than $120 million into the NSW economy. Ms Keneally
said it had come at a good time for the local film
industry, which had suffered from the strong Australian
dollar. With the location set, Luhrmann will begin
pre-production as early as next month.
Gatsby' Studio Negotiations
Deadline.com has today revealed that Warner
Brothers will most likely finance Baz Luhrmann's The
Great Gatsby. Last week, Luhrmann indicated that he
was still undecided about the project and was quoted as
saying "There will be news by the end of the week." We
are still waiting for further news from Luhrmann, and
now we know why.
It has today been reported by Deadline
that "The pieces are still coming together, but a deal
[to make the film] could be done by Friday." Deadline
also revealed that deals with the cast will follow,
and that Luhrmann wrote the script with long-time
collaborator Craig Pearce.
Deadline has been a reliable news
source for The Great Gatsby over the past few
months, so hopefully the following report is accurate
and we hear something from Bazmark soon! :)
Warner Brothers Nearing Deal to
Acquire Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'
EXCLUSIVE: While James Bond has gotten the lion's share
of attention from studios this week, Jay Gatsby has also
been making a stir around town. I'm told Warner Bros has
emerged as the clear frontrunner to finance and take
worldwide distribution on The Great Gatsby, the Baz
Luhrmann-directed adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's
The film will star Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and
Carey Mulligan. The pieces are still coming together,
but a deal could be done by Friday. Deals with the cast
will follow, with DiCaprio furthest along in
negotiations to play Gatsby. Red Wagon partners Doug
Wick and Lucy Fisher have joined the project, and will
produce with Luhrmann, Catherine Martin and Catherine
Knapman of Luhrmann/Bazmark Films. G Mac Brown will also
produce. Luhrmann wrote the script with Craig Pearce.
Given what is happening, recent reports that Luhrmann
might not do The Great Gatsby seem completely unfounded.
Though Luhrmann also has an original musical project and
is refashioning his breakout film Strictly Ballroom as a
stage musical, he has been squarely focused on Gatsby.
He spent weeks recently reading top young actresses for
the role of the manipulative Daisy Buchanan, before
Luhrmann decided that Mulligan was the right fit to play
alongside DiCaprio and Maguire (who’ll play narrator
Nick Carraway). Warner Bros seems a good fit: the studio
is home to DiCaprio's Appian Way, and he just starred in
Inception; Warner Bros has also wanted to be in business
Later on today,
The New York Postreported that Luhrmann is
currently in "tough negotiations" between Warner
Brothers and Sony studios. According to Deadline
above, it appears Warner Brothers is the frontrunner,
but we will have to wait and see what decision is made.
The New York Post also revealed that Luhrmann
intends to start filming The Great Gatsby in June
in New York.
Baz to make 'Gatsby' choice
Baz Luhrmann is in tough negotiations between rival
studios Sony and Warner Bros. to bring his remake of
"The Great Gatsby" to the screen.
At a dinner for "The King's Speech" actor Geoffrey Rush,
Luhrmann told Page Six he's in the middle of deciding
which studio would be best for the ambitious new movie
version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic American novel.
While it was reported last week that he might walk away
from the project, he told us, "I am in the middle of
deciding which . . . studio relationship is [best] . . .
I'm making a big decision about 'The Great Gatsby' by
the end of the week."
Luhrmann wants to start filming in June in New York with
Leo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan. Costumes
and set design will be overseen by Luhrmann's wife,
Catherine Martin, who won two Oscars for her work on his
In September, Luhrmann and Martin moved here from
Australia to work on "Gatsby," settling in Chelsea and
enrolling their two children in school.
make 'The Great Gatsby'?
After months of speculation, the
internet is currently buzzing with the news that Baz
Luhrmann might not proceed with The Great Gatsby.
We must remember - Luhrmann never
officially announced that The Great Gatsby would
be his next project. On 16 November 2010, Luhrmann
stated on his official Bazmark
"There are a few elements that I feel need to be
resolved before I would categorically state that this is
my next film." However, the fact that Luhrmann
never actually announced The Great Gatsby as his
next film is easy to forget given the large amount of
publicity the possible project has been receiving
lately, especially after news of the casting of Carey
Mulligan in the pivotal role of Daisy Buchanan.
Is Baz Luhrmann
Reconsidering Doing The Great Gatsby?
When last we heard about his planned movie adaptation of
The Great Gatsby, Baz Luhrmann was saying he might shoot
it in 3-D. But now he may be considering in shooting it
in zero-D — as in, not at all. When Vulture saw him at
the DGA Awards last Saturday, we asked him how the film
was coming along. “I gotta make a decision in three
days' time,” he replied. A decision on what, exactly?
“Whether to do it or not,” he said. Despite the fact
that he owns the rights and says he has “been
workshopping with Leonardo [DiCaprio] and Tobey
[Maguire] and all those great guys,” it sounds like the
director hasn't made up his mind about whether to tackle
the project. And Luhrmann, who's directed just four
films in sixteen years, isn't one to rush into a
project. “I think I've been a bit shaded out because I
want everything to be perfectly positioned on it,” he
explained. Perhaps he's just playing coy before a big
announcement. “There will be news by the end of the
week,” Luhrmann promised.
Now, all we can do is wait for
Luhrmann's 'news', hopefully by the end of this week!
Mulligan: A Modern Movie Star is Born
The UK Guardian has written
an interesting story about Carey Mulligan, the young
actress Baz Luhrmann has chosen to portray Daisy
Buchanan in The Great Gatsby.
Click here to read the article, which gives us an
insight into how 'a modern movie star was born' and
mentions her upcoming role:
"Next up is a
role opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann's
adaptation of The Great Gatsby. She'll play Daisy
Buchanan, the siren of East Egg who lures the hero to
his doom; a woman possessed of "a low, thrilling voice
that the ear follows up and down, as if each speech were
an arrangement of notes that will never be played
again." Her voice, says Gatsby, "sounds like money".
It's a role that might have been written with the actor
'shocks' with 3D Gatsby
As reported in my
last news update, Baz Luhrmann recently commented about
possibly filming what might be his next film, The
Great Gatsby, in 3D. Since then, Luhrmann's mere
mention of 3D has very much divided people across the
internet. 'Great Gatsby' has been trending on Twitter,
and the media has picked up on the hype, with both
positive and negative feedback circulating the web.
However, personally, I fully believe in Bazmark Inq and
I believe they will make the right choice depending on
their overall vision for the film. We will just have to
wait and see what that decision will be.
James Cameron threatened to revolutionise cinema when he
did it with Avatar. Jack Black is having less success
with it in Gulliver's Travels. Now Baz Luhrmann is
considering shooting The Great Gatsby in 3D.
The Australian director raised the prospect of using the
new format for his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's
classic jazz-age novel during a panel on technology in
Hollywood at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.
Praising the new format, Luhrmann said he has
workshopped the movie, which will star Leonardo DiCaprio
as Gatsby, Carey Mulligan as Daisy and Tobey Maguire as
Nick Carraway, in 3D.
The idea has polarised film fans. In blogs and on
Twitter, some expressed horror that a format mostly used
for action and animated movies since Avatar - often with
gimmicky results - is being considered for such a
beloved story. ''God, what a travesty,'' wrote one.
''Leave our Gatsby alone and go back to Australia.'' A
bookshop owner said: ''We have plenty of copies of The
Great Gatsby in all our shops. The text is printed in
2D. We find them to be more than sufficient.''
But others saw it as the chance for 3D to go to a new
level - into serious drama. Other directors to take the
plunge recently have included Ang Lee with Life of Pi
and Martin Scorsese with Hugo Cabret. And as the Los
Angeles Times noted, Luhrmann has already reinvented
Shakespeare on screen with Romeo + Juliet and the
musical with Moulin Rouge.
Luhrmann said yesterday that he has been thinking about
making an adult drama in the format since seeing Alfred
Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder in its original 3D form.
''I have been mindful of the modernist approach
Fitzgerald took to his writing, being influenced by the
motor car, the new invention of flying, employing
popular music in the very text of Gatsby … and the
influences of modernists James Joyce and Joseph
The director said he expected some people to be
''aghast'' if their only experience of 3D was sci-fi
fantasy or animation, but he was pushing the studio
towards the format, partly because of the ability to
express Fitzgerald's poetry in imagery.
''To see the premier actors of their generation playing
out lengthy dramatic scenes … in 3D, feels as if you are
immersing in the scene somewhat like you do in the
theatre,'' he said.
10 January 2011
to film in 3D?
Will Baz Luhrmann film The Great Gatsby in 3D?
According to what Luhrmann reportedly said at the recent
Blu-Ray Director's Panel, he very well might. The
official Bazmark Inq
Facebook page has today linked to a
Forbes blogger who reported:
Shortly after the
panel, I got a brief audience with the trio of
directors. Luhrmann, the director of Moulin Rouge
and Romeo and Juliet, among other films, says he
recently “workshopped” Gatsby in 3D, and will decide
soon whether to shoot the Leonardo DiCaprio/Carey
Mulligan film in 3D ... Luhrmann says he’s
not surprised to see some skepticism about widespread
adoption of 3D. He notes that the Jazz Singer, while the
first film to include sound, you heard only the songs,
and not the dialog – Luhrmann says there was a view that
filmgoers wouldn’t want to see actors speaking. He added
that while the use of 3D started with “gags,” an then
moved on to “spectacle and drama” in Avatar,
still could be used for the kind of “poetic cinema”
filmed in 2D like his version of Romeo and Juliet.
A big thank you to
AVForumsTVfor uploading the complete 30 minute
interview of the Blu-Ray Director's Panel and putting it on
You Tube. Check it out
still at anchor
The Herald Sun has reported that Baz Luhrmann has
now left Sydney and flown back to LA to continue casting
what will most likely be his next film, The Great
Gatsby movie still at anchor
After spending the festive season
Down Under, Baz Luhrmann is heading back to LA to finish
casting his remake of The Great Gatsby. The movie maker
has been looking for Aussie extras for the flick, set to
star Brit actor Carey Mulligan and Hollywood hottie
Leonardo DiCaprio. Luhrmann yesterday said he was yet to
officially confirm other cast members until the film had
the green light. "The ship's engines are running, but it
hasn't left the dock just yet," he said.
shoot in Sydney?
The Sydney Morning Herald has today
reported that Baz Luhrmann might attempt to shoot
part of his upcoming film, The Great Gatsby,
in Sydney. Luhrmann has been quoted as saying,
''The high Australian dollar
is a real problem but we are doing all that we can
to find a way to shoot at least part of The
Great Gatsby in our homeland.''
This is exciting news
for Australia, and I'm sure that Luhrmann and his
team will do all they can to make this country a
part of their next production. However, with finance
understandably always an issue, we'll have to wait
and see what happens next year.
Also, Bazmark Inq
spokesman Anton Monsted has clarified that Luhrmann
still has not officially committed to The Great
Gatsby as his next project. Casting is
currently taking place, with
The Herald Sun reporting,
"As well as a Christmas break,
Luhrmann is in town to cast extras for his upcoming
remake of The Great Gatsby." And
The Sydney Morning Herald reports below that
Luhrmann plans to screen-test actresses to play
Jordan Baker with Tobey Maguire in the US next
month. However, despite the ongoing casting news and
speculation, Luhrmann last month stated on his
"There are a few elements that I feel need to be
resolved before I would categorically state that this is
my next film."
Gatsby only a chance to shoot in Sydney
BAZ LUHRMANN has played down a report that
The Great Gatsby could be filmed in
Sydney next year. While the director of
Strictly Ballroom, Moulin Rouge
and Australia confirmed yesterday
that executives from the Hollywood studio
Sony Pictures had looked at facilities at
Fox Studios, Luhrmann said they had also
considered other locations, including New
York and a European city. The adaptation of
F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel, set in
New York and on Long Island, is expected to
star Tobey Maguire as the narrator, Nick
Carraway, Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby
and Carey Mulligan as Daisy.
While the movie producers could take
advantage of this country's 40 per cent tax
rebate if it qualifies as an Australian
production, the value of the dollar would be
an obstacle. But Luhrmann said, ''The high
Australian dollar is a real problem but we
are doing all that we can to find a way to
shoot at least part of The Great Gatsby
in our homeland.''
Anton Monsted, a spokesman for Luhrmann's
production company, Bazmark, said Luhrmann
and his creative partner and wife, Catherine
Martin, had always wanted to ''anchor their
creativity primarily in Australia'' if
possible. But Luhrmann was not even
committed to The Great Gatsby as
his next project yet, Monsted said.
Back in Sydney for Christmas, the director
has been workshopping a live production of
Strictly Ballroom with his
co-writer Craig Pearce. He plans to
screen-test actresses to play Daisy's friend
Jordan Baker with Maguire in the US next
Annie Leibovitz has worked with Baz Luhrmann
several times over the years, including on the sets of
Moulin Rouge! and Australia. Her
exhibition photos at the Museum of Contemporary Art in
Sydney included a stunning shot of Nicole
Kidman, which adorned the banner on the front of the
building. However, the image I found myself admiring the
most was an intriguing black and white photo of Leonardo DiCaprio - Luhrmann's Romeo (and soon-to-be Jay Gatsby).
I was particularly drawn to the intense expression in
his eyes. While I know the photo is probably intended to
reflect DiCaprio's protective passion for wildlife, his
expression makes me envisage a young, troubled Jay
Gatsby. I believe the intensity of this image gives us a
glimpse of what to expect from DiCaprio as Gatsby in
Gatsby' Research Material
In a recent interview with
Entertainment Weekly, Baz Luhrmann indicated
that he planned to list his research for The Great
Gatsby on his website by 10 December. I am happy to
report that, on 10 December, the official Bazmark
website was updated
with their research list, as well as the following
foreword by Anton Monsted:
In an interview
with Mandi Bierly of Entertainment Weekly, Baz Luhrmann
stated the following:
"Genuine audience participation...is a really healthy
thing in the creation of a work. This list is what we've
read. Go read that, and help me. If you want to have a
point of view, get informed, and let's try and make the
best interpretation for today."
In response to this, we have printed the research
material that Baz and his team have been drawing from.
It is early in the process, so no doubt the list will
grow, and we welcome any suggestions or additional
material that anyone interested in engaging in the
creative journey would like to send in.
- Anton Monsted,
General Manager, Bazmark Inq
Click here for Bazmark Inq's complete list of
reading material. Sharing their research material online
is a wonderful idea, and I especially love that Bazmark
are welcoming "any suggestions or additional material
that anyone interested in engaging in the creative
journey would like to send in". As I have said in my
previous news updates, I am excited that Luhrmann and
his team are embracing the power of the internet to
communicate with fans. Comments and suggestions can be
posted on Bazmark's
Facebook page, which has already been 'liked' by
over 400 fans!
Mulligan Preparing for 'Gatsby'
BBC News has reported that Carey Mulligan is
already excitedly preparing for her role as Daisy
Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby, and
she has been 'obsessively reading' the book. (full
Indeed, I strongly urge all Luhrmann fans to read The
Great Gatsby in order to better understand the hype
surrounding this project. It is a very famous and most
intriguing book - a fantastic challenge for Luhrmann and
his creative team. I too am currently 'obsessively
reading' the text, and I can't help but imagine
Leonardo, Tobey and Carey acting out their respective
roles. (And I'm looking forward to filling in the
'gaps' in my mind when we get more casting news!)
Carey Mulligan preparing for
Carey Mulligan is "obsessively reading" The Great Gatsby
in preparation for her role in Baz Luhrmann's film
version. "I'm still in shock. It was the most surreal
night of my life when I found out that I'd got it," she
told the BBC. The star burst into tears on a red carpet
at a fashion awards ceremony in New York last month when
she found out she had won the role. She will play
socialite Daisy Buchanan in Luhrmann's remake of F Scott
Fitzgerald's classic American novel. The movie is
expected to go into production next year. Luhrmann has
conducted workshop readings in New York with Leonardo
DiCaprio playing millionaire Jay Gatsby and Tobey
Maguire as Nick Carraway. But neither have been
confirmed in the roles.
"I'd auditioned twice and waited for a fortnight, and
called my agent every two hours for two weeks - he
almost sacked me," Mulligan said at a film awards
ceremony in London on Sunday. "It was a huge huge shock
and I can't believe I'm going to be working with the
people I'm going to be working with. I have a copy of it
by my bed that I'm obsessively reading," she continued.
"I can't wait, but I don't think it's happening until
summer so it's a long time."
The most famous film version of The Great Gatsby is Jack
Clayton's 1974 movie, which starred Robert Redford as
Gatsby, Mia Farrow as Buchanan and Sam Waterston as
Carraway. Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar this year
for her lead role in An Education. On Sunday night she
won a best actress prize at the British Independent Film
Awards for her role in dystopian drama Never Let Me Go.
The film, based on the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro, is
released in the UK in February.
Director's Chair: Baz Luhrmann
The New York Post:
PW: There were hints of your Red Curtain aesthetic
throughout "Australia," will the same be true of your
upcoming "Great Gatsby" adaptation?
Baz: The cinematic styling of Gatsby – by the very
nature of what it is requires it’s own cinematic style
and language, so there will be a new step in the
language. It won’t be Red Curtain Trilogy, but – but –
there are fundamental things I can’t omit. Martin
Scorsese can do “Age of Innocence” or “Mean Streets” and
although he takes different leaps, you’re fundamentally
aware of the storyteller at the center of that. The
sensibility is always there. "Gatsby" is incredibly
topical, but also – at the heart of it, a tragic love
story, which is something which keeps reoccurring in my
life – and work. I really relate to that, I’m attracted
5 December 2010
Talks 'The Great Gatsby'
Baz Luhrmann has been chatting about his
plans for The Great Gatsby and, even though he
still has not officially announced the film as his next
project, the casting process is well underway. For some
time now, we have known that Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey
Maguire have been lined up for the roles of Jay Gatsby
and Nick Carraway. And, last month, Baz Luhrmann himself
revealed on his official
website that Carey
Mulligan has been cast in the pivotal role of Daisy
Buchanan. This month, Luhrmann has turned his sights to
casting Jordan Baker...
Luhrmann recently revealed his thoughts
on The Great Gatsby casting process and the film
in general to
Baz Luhrmann's 'Great
Gatsby' update: He's now casting Jordan, he'll reveal
his research reading list on his website
Chatting with Baz Luhrmann, who’s currently promoting
the Strictly Ballroom: Special Edition DVD that features
new interviews detailing his first feature’s storied
journey from drama school stage production to the big
screen (more on that in Inside Movies Monday), there’s
always more than one project to discuss. At this moment,
he’s spending his afternoons in Australia working to
return Strictly Ballroom to the stage, and his mornings
casting Jordan Baker for his upcoming film adaptation of
F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby.
“I’m so thrilled about Carey Mulligan [who's been cast
as Daisy]. She’s just fantastic, and now one has to
match Jordan. They’re a couple in a sense. They reflect
two completely different sides of a coin. And so the
role of Jordan has to be as thoroughly examined as
Daisy, for this production, for this time,” he tells EW.
“It’s like Olivier’s Hamlet was the right Hamlet for his
time. Who would Hamlet be today? Same with a Jordan or a
Daisy” He doesn’t yet have a short list. “I’m seeing
everyone,” he says. “What’s crucial about Jordan is that
she is incurably dishonest, to quote Fitzgerald. She’s
dishonest on an internal level, and she has an inability
for self-realization. She’s a dangerous driver, to quote
Fitzgerald again. And in the simple language, I think
Jordan is also what, at the time, you might have
referred to as a Long Island flapper, and now you might
refer to them as a Hamptons flapper. That just means not
a bohemian flapper that’s living the Village, but
someone who’s attaching themselves to the fashionable
aspects of flapperdom. I don’t take it lightly at all.
It’s my obsession at the moment. The connectivity
between buying into, in a fashion sense, this new
movement — a new liberation of women, a new sensibility,
a youth that was absolutely drunk on money and
possibility, the first ever American youth that was
completely youthful — that is a thrilling subject.”
Luhrmann knows people are curious about his vision for
the film, and to answer some of their questions, he
plans on listing all of the books he’s reading as
research on his website, bazmark.com, by Friday, Dec.
10. He likes the idea of an informed Internet community,
something he’d have loved growing up with as a film fan.
“I was once a fan, and I used that fantastic word
‘they.’ ‘Why don’t they?’ ‘Didn’t they?’ ‘Don’t they?’
Having spent at least two years full-time on [Gatsby], I
probably have read [most every] book. But maybe not.
That’s why I think engagement with an audience is great.
I am fascinated about genuine audience participation
because I grew up in the theater, and that’s a really
healthy thing. A lot of it is just noise, and then
occasionally, you see patterns and you think, ‘There’s a
truth in that.’ Some creative person like Shakespeare
had to face them every day. No play by Shakespeare did
not continually evolve because of an engagement with
audiences. There was continual evolution. The plays were
never written down until he was dead…. I think to
myself, well look, this [list] is what we’ve read. Go
read that, and help me. If you want to have a point of
view, get informed, then be helpful. Let’s try and make
the best interpretation [for today]. It’s not the
definitive one. I mean, my Romeo + Juliet will be
superseded by some interesting young creative person
who’ll come along and do another one. [These stories
are] there to be interpreted specifically to a time and
place. The thing about classic art is it moves through
time and geography, but it’s how you shake off the rust
and re-reveal it.”
I have to say, I
am extremely happy that Luhrmann 'likes the idea of an
informed internet community' and has started updating
as well as his newly-created
page. Personally, I found it disappointing that
bazmark.com was not
utilised during the production of Luhrmann's last film,
Australia. Indeed, his official website was not
updated for many years until recently, and the reason I
Baz the Great!
back in 2002 was because I felt (and still feel) that
more should be done to promote Luhrmann's works online.
This is why I find Luhrmann's comments about audience
participation to be so exciting, as I have always hoped
that Luhrmann and his team would embrace the power of
the internet to communicate with fans. I am therefore
very much looking forward to the reading list and
whatever other news Luhrmann chooses to share with us
over the months to come! ;)
MovieWeb also recently chatted with Baz Luhrmann
about The Great Gatsby and that 'other' New York
EXCLUSIVE: Baz Luhrmann Talks
The Great Gatsby
We caught up with the awesome Baz Luhrmann today, who is
currently in Sydney, Australia working on his upcoming
F. Scott Fitzgerald adaptation The Great Gatsby, as well
as a stage production of his directorial debut Strictly
Ballroom. Which has recently been remastered for DVD and
is now available in stores everywhere. While talking to
him about this new special edition release, we also
managed to get him to open up about his plans for The
Great Gatsby, as well as an untitled musical that he is
currently working on. Here is our conversation:
We haven't heard too much abut the Great Gatsby yet.
Is this film going to be a musical? Will it incorporate
music and dance into the classic tale, or will it be
more of an epic along the lines of Australia?
Baz Luhrmann: I can't comment on it at this moment.
Because the truth is, all I am doing right now besides
working on the script is casting. I am right in the
middle of casting. I am really thrilled, genuinely
thrilled about Carey Mulligan. I am working on casting
Jordan. I am being a little sheepish about saying, one
hundred percent, that it is my next film. Because I am
also working on a cinematic musical. I like to make sure
everything is in place before I say, "Yup, I am doing
it." Because I went through that, and had a difficult
time with Alexander. I want to be cautious, and not say
much before I have it all in place. I will say this, I
am really loving so much working on F. Scott Fitzgerald.
I have been working on it for years. I worked on it even
before then. I can't comment on that itself, but the
story has its own music in it. Fitzgerald wrote
music...It won't be a musical, but Fitzgerald wrote
music into the book. F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote that
there is dancing in the book. Whatever fundamentals are
in the book, that will be in the film.
I would imagine that, when you are talking about the
music and the dancing that is in the book, when you
incorporate that into the story you are going to tell,
it is going to come with your trademark energy and
enthusiasm. It's not just going to be old, musty
Baz Luhrmann: Look, naturally, if you are doing a
good job, one's spirit has got to be in it. But the
style of this film will be specific to this film alone.
I know that. I am literally drawing it from Fitzgerald's
text. So it's very interesting. I really, honestly,
don't know where it will end up. One of the things I am
looking at doing, after looking at a lot of the
references books is, I am just going to put those things
on the internet for anyone who is interested. They can
come on the journey. I am really intrigued about
audiences coming on this journey with us. It should be
revealed from the process. You are absolutely right. I
will never be able to take myself out of it, because I
am the storyteller. I am in charge of telling it. The
exciting thing is: I don't know! I don't know what the
cinematic style will end up looking like at this point.
Are Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey McGuire for sure
going to be in the movie if you move forward with this?
Or is that just speculation at this point?
Baz Luhrmann: I have certainly done the most
thrilling workshops with them in New York recently, and
they have been really thrilling. I couldn't think of
anyone else in those roles at the moment.
I want to know more about this musical that you are
also working on. With Australia having come after Moulin
Rouge, it's been a while since you've done a straight up
musical, and that prospect is exciting to me...
Baz Luhrmann: I went through that thing on
Alexander. The moment I mentioned it, a whole lot of
other projects can popping up. But, without being too
coy about it, it is a New York based musical work. That
is about as far as I can go. There is more to say about
it, but once I put it out there, I better have a clear
ability to tell it. And I am not there yet. It is my
homework on the weekends.
Will it be along the lines of Moulin Rouge where you
bring in the contemporary pop songs, and mix that with
some more classical works of music?
Baz Luhrmann: The musical language is inherent in
the piece. I have been teasing now, but I really can't
go into it. Because I am just not ready to talk about
it. But when I am ready, you put your hand up, and we'll
have a big chat about it. It's a very exciting piece of
work. I am really excited about it.
Last week, it was reported that Carey
Mulligan, who will star as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's The Great Gatsby,
will move to New York next year to shoot the movie.
excited that I'll be spending more time in New York. I'm
moving here next year for The Great Gatsby. I'm very
excited!" And when asked if she had to audition
for the role, she said, "Of
course! The audition process was very intense but I had
a great time. [Luhrmann] has been so amazing and I can't
wait to work together."
The Herald Sun reported that Luhrmann flew back
to Australia just a few days ago and headed straight for
Bondi Beach (see picture above):
"Baz Luhrmann flew
in from New York on Wednesday and the first thing he did
was dash down to Bondi to enjoy his ritual swim.
Luhrmann and his wife Catherine Martin and children
Lillian and William moved to the Big Apple this year but
it appears the clan is still planning on spending
Christmas Down Under whenever possible. Having completed
the first stage workshops on The Great Gatsby with
Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire, and casting Carey
Mulligan in the role of Daisy, Luhrmann plans to
continue casting the film from Sydney and will be seeing
actors locally. He and Martin will also shortly begin
preparing for a workshop of the live musical version of
Strictly Ballroom. along with co-writer Craig Pearce and
the entire Bazmark team, will work closely with
production company Global Creatures until the new year."
According to this article, Luhrmann
intends to continue casting The Great Gatsby in
Sydney. This news also adds to the speculation that
Luhrmann may appear on Oprah Winfrey's much-hyped
Australian shows to be shot at the Sydney Opera House on
14 December. So far, only Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban
have been confirmed to appear.
Meanwhile, The Guardian has
posted a very interesting article about the current
revival of The Great Gatsby, including a recent
Broadway show and, of course, Luhrmann's upcoming movie
Click here to read the full article, which includes
discussion about the interpretation of the text:
"In most popular culture the book
has been interpreted ... as depicting the illusory
nature of the American dream. It seems likely that
Luhrmann's project will follow that route, sticking to
the spirit of previous film adaptations, such as the
1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow ...
The Australian director has said he sees parallels
between the rise and fall of Gatsby and the tragedy of
our modern economic hard times. In an interview with the
Hollywood Reporter he said: "If you wanted to show a
mirror to people that says, 'You've been drunk on
money', they're not going to want to see it. But if you
reflected that mirror on another time, they'd be willing
to. People will need an explanation of where we are and
where we've been – and The Great Gatsby can provide that
Carey Mulligan as Daisy!
I am extremely excited to report that
Bazmark Inq have today updated their
with an announcement from Baz Luhrmann himself that he
has selected Carey Mulligan to play Daisy Buchanan in
The Great Gatsby. However, Luhrmann also indicated
that The Great Gatsby still might not actually be
his next project! Luhrmann said,
"There are a few elements that I feel need to be
resolved before I would categorically state that this is
my next film."
Despite this, the internet is now
buzzing with news of Mulligan's casting.
Deadline was the first media source to report
the news. Bazmark Inq also updated their official
www.bazmark.com - and they have joined Facebook!
Hopefully, this means that we'll be hearing a lot more
from Bazmark Inq in the months to come! :)
Baz Luhrmann has released the above photo that he took
of Carey Mulligan auditioning for the role of Daisy. A
high resolution image is available to download at
I think the photo is absolutely stunning and Mulligan is
a great choice for the pivotal role (and could that
be Leonardo DiCaprio's shoulder she is leaning on?)
Luhrmann's accompanying statement reads as follows:
"The results from
the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very
encouraging. 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. 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" -
Baz Luhrmann, November 15, 2010
Deadline report can be found below, which
details Mulligan's elation at receiving the phone call on the
red carpet and, on a separate note, the sad news of the
passing of Dino De Laurentiis, who Luhrmann worked
closely with during pre-production of his visionary
version of Alexander
Baz Luhrmann Tells Deadline:
Carey Mulligan Is My Daisy Buchanan
EXCLUSIVE: Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann has found his Daisy
Buchanan. He has officially given the starring role in
The Great Gatsby to Carey Mulligan, the Wall Street:
Money Never Sleeps and Never Let Me Go star who'll play
the manipulative heroine when Luhrmann starts production
on his adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald literary
Mulligan was on the reception line for The Fashion
Council Awards in New York when she got the call on her
cell phone from Luhrmann, just a few minutes ago. She
burst into tears on the red carpet in front of Karl
Lagerfield and Anna Wintour. This all occurred shortly
after Luhrmann showed the audition footage to Sony
Pictures Entertainment execs Amy Pascal and Doug Belgrad,
who were impressed by Mulligan's command of the
character played in the 1974 film by Mia Farrow.
Mulligan was a late entrant to an elite list of
actresses that Luhrmann met with while he conducted
readings with Leonardo DiCaprio, who'll play Jay Gatsby.
Tobey Maguire is expected to play his friend, Nick
Carraway, who narrates the tale. No word yet on who'll
play the other major roles, Daisy's husband Tom, their
social companion Jordan Baker, Tom's mistress Myrtle
Wilson and her gas station owner husband George.
Luhrmann delivered the message to Deadline, and gave me
the above photo he took of Mulligan during rehearsals,
when she was in Daisy Buchanan mode on November 2. "The
results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby
have been very encouraging," he told Deadline. "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 of The Great Gatsby, 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."
The 25-year old actress was nominated for an Academy
Award last year for her work in the Lone Scherfig-directed
coming of age tale An Education.
It was a busy day for Luhrmann who spoke at the funeral
of Dino De Laurentiis along with the likes of David
Lynch and Arnold Schwarzenegger. Luhrmann became close
with the charismatic producer when they tried to mount
an epic version of Alexander the Great that was to star
DiCaprio. The project halted when a rival film with
Oliver Stone and Colin Farrel made it into production
first. Luhrmann spoke at length over how moved he was
that De Laurentiis made his own family such a part of
his life despite his thriving producing career,
something Luhrmann made sure to emulate as he carved his
own path. Luhrmann wore a red tie, in keeping with the
De Laurentiis family wish.
PHOTO CREDIT: Carey Mulligan photographed auditioning
for the role of Daisy Buchanan. New York City, November
2, 2010. Photo: Baz Luhrmann. Copyright: Bazmark
Mulligan as Daisy?
New York Magazine's 'Pulse' has reported
that Carey Mulligan is now in strong contention to play
the pivotal role of Daisy Buchanan in what still
might be Baz Luhrmann's next film, The Great
Gatsby (Luhrmann still hasn't made an official
announcement!) 'Pulse' also reported that Scarlett
Johansson tested for the part last week, but she might
not be available for the shoot due to other filming
commitments, as apparently Gatsby may be filmed
during the US summer next year.
Carey Mulligan Now
the Front-runner to Play Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s Great
The cast of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of F. Scott
Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is firming up, and it
appears the Australian director's critique of the
American Dream may feature some international personnel:
Carey Mulligan, the British starlet who was nominated
for an Oscar for An Education, is now the front-runner
to play effervescent East Egg–er, Daisy Buchanan.
Insiders tell Vulture that, after testing for the part
in New York last week, Scarlett Johansson was still very
much being considered by Luhrmann and Gatsby star
Leonardo DiCaprio. But now, we hear, because of
Johansson's recent commitment to star in Cameron Crowe’s
We Bought a Zoo at Fox — Zoo starts shooting in the late
spring of next year; Luhrmann’s Gatsby goes before
cameras next summer — she won't be available, and
Mulligan is the top candidate.
4 November 2010
Despite the fact that Baz Luhrmann has
not yet confirmed that The Great Gatsby will be
his next movie, the internet is buzzing with casting
rumours. Last month,
Deadline.com was among the first to report that
Leonardo DiCaprio is being considered for the pivotal
role of Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire is in line for the
narrator role of Nick Carraway, and Amanda Seyfried and
Rebecca Hall are in contention for the role of Daisy
Buchanan. This week, Deadline.com has reported
that other actresses are also being considered by
Luhrmann, including Blake Lively, Keira Knightley, Abbie
Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson.
EXCLUSIVE: Director Baz Luhrmann
is expanding his search for Daisy Buchanan as he moves
closer to committing to The Great Gatsby as his next
film. Deadline revealed recently that Luhrmann did a
workshop of the screenplay he wrote with Craig Pearce,
with Leonardo DiCaprio reading Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire
reading Nick Carraway, and The Town's Rebecca Hall
reading Daisy Buchanan. Luhrmann wants those guys to
star, but he's casting a wider net on Daisy. I'm told
that Hall is in the running, but that he's got a bunch
of actresses and wants to see how they read with
DiCaprio. Luhrmann likes to work shop his scripts, and
this should play out over the next two weeks, in New
York. This might be hard for some of the actresses, who
are shooting movies abroad. Among the names I've heard
on Baz's list: Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake
Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett
Johansson. Aside from those names, I've heard that
Luhrmann is also sweet on Natalie Portman ... The film is set up at Sony Pictures
US Magazine has reported that on 2 November,
Leonardo DiCaprio and Blake Lively were spotted dining
with Baz Luhrmann and his crew in New York, fuelling
rumours that Blake Lively is in strong contention for
the role. US magazine reported:
Newly single Blake Lively dined
with Leonardo DiCaprio at NYC eatery The Lion on
Wednesday, an insider confirms to UsMagazine.com. (LaineyGossip.com
first reported the sighting.) But Lively, 23, and
DiCaprio, 35, weren't alone. "It was an 8 person
dinner," the insider explains, adding that director Baz
Luhrmann was in attendance. And the meal was strictly
business: DiCaprio has been cast as Jay Gatsby in
Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott
Fitzgerald's classic book - and Lively is being strongly
considered for the role of Gatsby's love, Daisy
Buchanan. The director's "whole crew was there," the
source says, adding that DiCaprio and Lively "didn't
'Where He Leads, We Will Follow'
From UK newspaper,
The Independent: "... Luhrmann claims
he is just "six weeks away" from deciding what his next
film will be. The smart money is on another epic – an
adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby,
which was previously brought to the screen in the
disappointing 1974 version starring Robert Redford.
"It's second only to Gone with the Wind as a
recognisable title," says Luhrmann, "and what defines it
is that it captures something absolutely inherent to the
American condition. Gatsby is born with ambition and
possibility. And when that meets opportunity, it can be
both beautiful and tragic in an operatic sense."
"Already rumours are flying around Hollywood that
DiCaprio – who was set to play Alexander for Luhrmann –
is being lined up for the plum role of Jay Gatsby.
Luhrmann refuses to be drawn on this, but he concedes
that – much like he did with the boldly named Australia
– he's setting himself up for a fall by tackling such a
title. "I don't really care about that. I go towards
things that are challenging for me and scary for me –
but I want to see them up there. If I'd walked away from
that, I wouldn't have tried to reinvent the musical or
had a go at making Shakespeare popular or done a
ballroom-dancing film. Nobody turns around and goes
'Yes, ballroom dancing, definitely! We want that!'"
Workshops The Great Gatsby
has reported that Baz Luhrmann recently held workshops
for The Great Gatsby in New York, with Leonardo
DiCaprio reading Gatsby, Tobey Maguire reading Carraway,
and Rebecca Hall reading Daisy. This is the first we've
heard about the possibility of Rebecca Hall as Daisy, as
previous rumours mentioned Amanda Seyfried.
Of course, Luhrmann workshops every
movie he's thinking about making, so this news really
comes as no surprise! However, hopefully it is a
further indication that Luhrmann will reveal his
next project soon...
(Although, personally, I'm thinking
that The Great Gatsby is looking pretty certain!)
Baz Luhrmann Workshops 'The
Great Gatsby' In New York
EXCLUSIVE: While Baz Luhrmann hasn't settled on whether
he'll make The Great Gatsby his next film, he
workshopped the adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald
novel that he wrote with frequent collaborator Craig
Pearce. I'm told that Leonardo DiCaprio read the role of
Gatsby, Tobey Maguire read Nick Carraway, and that The
Town star Rebecca Hall read the role of Daisy. The
picture is set up at Sony Pictures Entertainment and the
reading went well, I'm told. Luhrmann workshops every
script he's considering and there's no guarantee those
actors will wind up starring in the film. Reports have
mentioned Amanda Seyfried as a possible Daisy and I've
heard Baz is sweet on Natalie Portman. Luhrmann and
Catherine Martin are producing with Doug Wick and Lucy
re: Luhrmann's Next Film
The internet is currently buzzing with
anticipation regarding Luhrmann's upcoming movie
announcement. On 30 September, Luhrmann gave
a radio interview on WNYC (details in my previous news
update below). That same day, Production Weekly tweeted,
"Rumored casting for THE GREAT GATSBY, Leonardo DiCaprio
for Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire for Nick Carraway & Amanda
Seyfried for Daisy Buchanan." Apparently,
the rumour about DiCaprio has been circulating for some
time now, and of course we already know that he starred
as Romeo in Romeo + Juliet
and was also lined up to play Alexander in Luhrmann's
However, yesterday Deadline reported that DiCaprio has
not yet been offered the role of Jay Gatsby, but Maguire is at the
"top of Luhrmann's mind to do Nick Carraway".
Deadline also reported that the role of Daisy
Buchanan still "wide open in Luhrmann's mind".
On 30 September, Luhrmann was also interviewed by
and questioned about which film he will choose to go
ahead with "in 4 to 6 weeks". Luhrmann said he has
scripts for both of them. He said, "It's a just question
of which one should go next, for me, what is the next
right step for me." Luhrmann said he has been working on
Gatsby quite a lot and, when quizzed about casting,
Luhrmann said, "I think of casting all the time, but I
put that to the side until I complete the text.
Obviously, there are natural choices and there is a
natural top of the list. But I really refuse to do that
until we have the text right, so I'm going to let people
speculate." He then added coyly,
"It's fun to speculate!"
Luhrmann said he would love to talk more
about his other "New York based, music-driven" film,
which is about his connection to New York. He then
York is at a particularly interesting moment, a
particularly interesting nexus. Financial problems, you
get incredible creativity in New York. And I'm really
exploring that in a music cinema... It's period, but
recent." Check out the full video interview
Special thanks to New York radio station, WNYC, for
contacting me about their recent interview with Baz
Luhrmann on 30 September. The 18 minute audio is
currently available to listen too on their
website. The interview is titled 'Baz Luhrmann:
Screen to Stage' and is part of the station's 'Soundcheck'
segment hosted by John Schaefer.
Luhrmann reveals that he is currently
making a choice between two films, which led to the
Luhrmann: "I'm currently making a
choice on two films, both New York based, I've been
working on them for two years. I can't go into it in
great detail, but one is a musical work, and one is a
classic book. Both of them though have a musical
language that I'm working on simultaneously, so music is
always part of the storytelling process."
Schaefer: "Well, it's been reported that you've owned
the film rights to The Great Gatsby for a number of
Luhrmann: "That's true."
Schaefer: "So, I think we can assume..."
Luhrmann: "So, you've got one! But I'm not sure what the
next film will be."
Luhrmann then reveals he's been living on Long Island
(Gatsby territory) for a while now. He talks about the
use of music in The Great Gatsby, saying jazz was
like the hip hop of that time, a sort of expression out
of a particular group and then it becomes this
ubiquitous music. (He also comments he went to a hip hop
concert at Yankee stadium "the other night" and loved
Luhrmann fans are now excitedly
awaiting confirmation of what his next film will be.
Will it be the expected choice, The Great Gatsby,
or will Luhrmann surprise us all with this other
"musical work" that he is currently also considering?
will have to wait and see! :)
According to the below article by
Variety.com, Luhrmann bought the book rights in late 2008:
Baz Luhrmann eyes 'Great Gatsby'
'Australia' director buys rights to famed novel - 18
Baz Luhrmann may jump from
pre-WWII Australia to America's Jazz Age. The
"Australia" helmer has purchased the rights to "The
Great Gatsby," F. Scott Fitzgerald's tome of the Roaring
Twenties. While a script does not yet exist, Luhrmann
intends to focus on it after "Australia's" awards run.
No studio is attached yet. Fitzgerald's novel of
American excess has spawned a Broadway play and multiple
films, including Jack Clayton's 1974 pic starring Robert
Redford and scripted by Francis Ford Coppola.