Filming begins soon on Baz Luhrmann’s ambitious adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel The Great Gatsby, and the director just landed another Aussie for his cast. EW reports that former model Gemma Ward (she retired from modeling at the old age of 21) is the latest actor the join the production. No details on what character Ward, who last appeared as the mermaid in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, will take on, but all of the major roles have already been filled. Leonardo DiCaprio is set as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire is Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan takes on Daisy and Joel Edgerton will play the douchiest of douches Tom Buchanan.
Edgerton recently told Steve that filming begins in a couple of weeks on the $150 million 3D flick down in Australia and will last through Christmas. Jason Clarke, Isla Fischer and Jack Thompson round out the cast. Hit the jump for a refresher on the synopsis for The Great Gatsby.
The exemplary novel of the Jazz Age, F. Scott Fitzgeralds’ third book, The Great Gatsby (1925), stands as the supreme achievement of his career. T. S. Eliot read it three times and saw it as the “first step” American fiction had taken since Henry James; H. L. Mencken praised “the charm and beauty of the writing,” as well as Fitzgerald’s sharp social sense; and Thomas Wolfe hailed it as Fitzgerald’s “best work” thus far. The story of the fabulously wealthy Jay Gatsby and his love for the beautiful Daisy Buchanan, of lavish parties on Long Island at a time when, The New York Times remarked, “gin was the national drink and sex the national obsession,” it is an exquisitely crafted tale of America in the 1920s that resonates with the power of myth. A novel of lyrical beauty yet brutal realism, of magic, romance, and mysticism, The Great Gatsby is one of the great classics of twentieth-century literature.