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Baz Luhrmann wants Carey Mulligan to lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio


14 November 2010

Baz Luhrmann's forthcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby is the talk of the town.

A while back Luhrmann was holding extremely starry 'workshops' as part of his casting process. Vulture.Com are now reporting that Carey Mulligan is the favourite to take on the role of Daisy in the film, opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby.

Stiff competition came from Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley and Rebecca Hall, are said to have workshopped for the role.

Vulture's report suggests that Johansson's lack of availability, after her decision to star in Cameron Crowe's We Bought A Zoo, helped Mulligan nab the role.

Carey Mulligan's award-magnet of a turn in An Education last year has made her one of the most sought after actresses on the planet. She'll next be seen in Never Let Me Go which opened the London Film Festival earlier this year.

DiCaprio is reuniting with Romeo + Juliet director Luhrmann for Gatsby, and he'll also be starring opposite his old friend Tobey Maguire (who's playing Carraway).

Mulligan is really getting her fair share of Hollywood hearthrobs as she currently films with another desirable actor - Ryan Gosling.

Jealous Much?

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