Ben Affleck in Talks to Join Baz Lurhmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY

     April 7, 2011


While director Baz Lurhmann is busy fine-tuning his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby for the big screen, it looks like he may have added another star to the cast. Ben Affleck is currently in talks to join Leonardo DiCaprio, Carey Mulligan and Tobey Maguire in the film. Deadline reports that Affleck is mulling over the role of Tom Buchanan, husband of Daisy who will be played by Mulligan. DiCaprio is set as Gatsby himself and Maguire will take on narrator Nick Carraway.

Affleck isn’t a sure thing, as he’s currently prepping his next directorial outing Argo, about the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran. However, Deadline seems to think that Affleck will find the time in his schedule to fit Gatsby in. The adaptation is set to start shooting in Australia in August. Hit the jump for a recap of what we know about the film so far, as well as my thoughts on Affleck’s casting.

I quite like the casting choice of Affleck. He sure rounds out an impressive cast, and seems a perfect fit for millionaire/antagonist Buchanan. Seeing him go toe-to-toe with DiCaprio would almost be worth the ticket price alone. It’ll be interesting to see where Lurhmann goes from here in filling out the rest of the cast. I, for one, hope Affleck can fit the film into his schedule.

Lurhmann has been talking about Gatsby pretty much ever since he wrapped shooting on his Australian epic Australia. He originally workshopped the film (something he does with all his projects) with actors DiCaprio, Maguire and Rebecca Hall. Shortly thereafter, the director began searching for the right actress to play Daisy Buchanan. Mulligan came out on top, and the ball began rolling from there.

Lurhmann wrote the script for the film with writing partner Craig Pearce. After testing the technology with his actors, Lurhmann announced his intention to shoot the adaptation in 3D. Though there’s been some fervor over whether or not he actually will shoot the film in 3D, all signs point to “yes.”

Filming on The Great Gatsby will commence this August in Sydney, at the same Fox Studios where Lurhmann shot Moulin Rogue!. The shoot will last 17 weeks, with Warner Bros. producing the flick in conjunction with Lurhmann’s Bazmark Films.

For those of you unfamiliar with the plot of Fitzgerald’s book, here’s the synopsis:

The mysterious Jay Gatsby embodies the American notion that it is possible to redefine oneself and persuade the world to accept that definition. Gatsby’s youthful neighbor, Nick Carraway, fascinated with the display of enormous wealth in which Gatsby revels, finds himself swept up in the lavish lifestyle of Long Island society during the Jazz Age. [Barnes & Noble]

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