Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Amanda Seyfried to Possibly Star in THE GREAT GATSBY

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We haven’t heard much about the upcoming adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s beloved classic, The Great Gatsby.  In fact, we haven’t heard anything about the project since we reported on the news that director Baz Luhrmann (Moulin Rouge) had bought the rights to the novel in 2008.  Now, Production Weekly has announced some exciting casting rumors via their twitter feed.  The rumors are that Leonardo DiCaprio is up for the role of Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire for Nick Carraway, and Amanda Seyfried for Daisy Buchanan.  There is no mention of Luhrmann directing, but I’m going to assume that he still owns the rights and will be helming the film.

F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel continues to be mandatory school reading (I read it in 8th grade) for a good reason.  The book’s tragic story of two wealthy aristocrats (DiCaprio and Seyfried), their next door neighbor (Maguire), and their doomed love affair during the early 1920s continues to be poignant more than 80 years later after it’s first publication in 1925.  It’s easy to see why Luhrmann would be interested in adapting the story for a modern generation that continues to be fascinated by fame and wealth..  The trio of actors are, in my opinion, very solid choices and I look forward to seeing how Luhrmann will choose to tackle the novel.  Hit the jump for a plot summary for The Great Gatsby.


This plot summary comes via Amazon:

“In 1922, F. Scott Fitzgerald announced his decision to write “something new–something extraordinary and beautiful and simple + intricately patterned.” That extraordinary, beautiful, intricately patterned, and above all, simple novel became The Great Gatsby, arguably Fitzgerald’s finest work and certainly the book for which he is best known. A portrait of the Jazz Age in all of its decadence and excess, Gatsby captured the spirit of the author’s generation and earned itself a permanent place in American mythology. Self-made, self-invented millionaire Jay Gatsby embodies some of Fitzgerald’s–and his country’s–most abiding obsessions: money, ambition, greed, and the promise of new beginnings. “Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter–tomorrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther…. And one fine morning–” Gatsby’s rise to glory and eventual fall from grace becomes a kind of cautionary tale about the American Dream.

It’s also a love story, of sorts, the narrative of Gatsby’s quixotic passion for Daisy Buchanan. The pair meet five years before the novel begins, when Daisy is a legendary young Louisville beauty and Gatsby an impoverished officer. They fall in love, but while Gatsby serves overseas, Daisy marries the brutal, bullying, but extremely rich Tom Buchanan. After the war, Gatsby devotes himself blindly to the pursuit of wealth by whatever means–and to the pursuit of Daisy, which amounts to the same thing. “Her voice is full of money,” Gatsby says admiringly, in one of the novel’s more famous descriptions. His millions made, Gatsby buys a mansion across Long Island Sound from Daisy’s patrician East Egg address, throws lavish parties, and waits for her to appear. When she does, events unfold with all the tragic inevitability of a Greek drama, with detached, cynical neighbor Nick Carraway acting as chorus throughout. Spare, elegantly plotted, and written in crystalline prose, The Great Gatsby is as perfectly satisfying as the best kind of poem. “

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  • Mbrfc_

    wasn’t Vincent Chase in this movie

  • http://twitter.com/JasonCampbell JasonCampbell

    I like the idea of Toby and Leo, I have to admit I am not familiar enough with Ms. Seyfried to form an opinion there. But I think this cast would be something to see.

  • Cjhlambert

    No Tobey. Never, in anything. Nick Carraway is not a little bitch.

  • Hairjor793

    Tobey Maguire will ruin this movie. They need to get a better actor, possibly a no namer.

  • Jts94

    Leo would be good as Gatsby
    Amanda Seyfried seems a little too young in my opinion, plus she does not have the best track record for something as legendary as The Great Gatsby(Dear John, Letters to Juliet? Really?)
    I really can’t think of anyone as Nick.
    Rachel McAdams would be good as Daisy.
    Anne Hathaway would make the PERFECT Jordan
    and if she could act Lady GaGa would make a good myrtle.

    • Luv2stayhigh

      Paul Schneider or Zach Braff, or Casey Affleck as Nick.

    • Jorja

      Leo is perfect for the role of Jay, and I couldn’t agree more with the casting of anne hathaway and rachel mcadams as jordan and daisy. nicks a difficult one though

  • Anonymous

    Leo could make a good Gatsby, if he loosens up a bit, and knocks off this super-tense character crap. To play Gatsby convincingly, he’s got to take a few breaths, and calm himself down a bit. Gatsby was like a rich version of the first “Dude”…in a way.

    • Wally

      Gatsby was not a “loose” character. If you’ve ever read the book, you would see the exact opposite. Although he was rich and threw a lot of parties, he was very tense in most of the scenes.

    • Wally

      Gatsby was not a “loose” character. If you’ve ever read the book, you would see the exact opposite. Although he was rich and threw a lot of parties, he was very tense in most of the scenes.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, I have read the book several times, considering its one of my favorites…you twat. Perhaps it is YOU who should re-read the book, considering Jay doesn’t act like Leo in Shutter Island, The Departed, Inception, etc. etc etc. where he plays the exact same character over and over and over again.

      • Anonymous

        Actually, I have read the book several times, considering its one of my favorites…you twat. Perhaps it is YOU who should re-read the book, considering Jay doesn’t act like Leo in Shutter Island, The Departed, Inception, etc. etc etc. where he plays the exact same character over and over and over again.

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  • alldawayjay

    if anyone watches entourage martin scorsese directed a modern day adaptation with vincent chase as nick carraway. when i saw this episode i thought to myself how that would be a great vehicle for him and leo to tackle (especially with a more modern approach).

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  • Tamariskboutique

    …Gatsby isn’t a wealthy aristocrat. That’s the whole point of the book!

  • Tamariskboutique

    …Gatsby isn’t a wealthy aristocrat. That’s the whole point of the book!

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