Filmmaker Baz Luhrmann’s lavish adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s roaring '20s novel “The Great Gatsby” is getting a lot of attention for its over-the-top 3D visuals and anachronistic hip-hop soundtrack. However, at its heart, the film is a timeless character piece about love and obsession.
The movie’s title character, enigmatic multimillionaire Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio), will quite literally do anything to win back the love of his life, married socialite Daisy Buchanan. Fitzgerald’s “Great Gatsby” is a beloved classic, and Daisy is one of the most iconic love interests in modern literature. Casting the right person for Gatsby was obviously integral to the film (and it’s a role that DiCaprio inhabits fully), but almost more important to the movie was finding the right person to play the object of Jay Gatsby’s obsession.
“Every actor came in for it -- it was a bit like a ‘Gone with the Wind’ search,” Luhrmann told Yahoo! Movies Canada, referring to the infamously lengthy casting process that preceded the production of the 1939 Hollywood epic.
Luhrmann wasn’t kidding. Almost every young Hollywood actress of note was said to have tried out for the Daisy part. Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Williams,Read More »from ‘The Great Gatsby’ director Baz Luhrmann on how Carey Mulligan got the role of Daisy Buchanan