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Carey Mulligan beats Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley as she secures £2million role in The Great Gatsby remake


Success: Carey Mulligan has been cast as the female lead in a new Hollywood remake of The Great Gatsby
Success: Carey Mulligan has been cast as the female lead in a new Hollywood remake of The Great Gatsby
British actress Carey Mulligan has won a starring role in a Hollywood remake of The Great Gatsby.
The 25-year-old will play Daisy Buchanan in a forthcoming multi-million pound adaptation of the classic F Scott Fitzgerald novel
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Miss Mulligan beat off competition from big name stars including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, and Keira Knightley for the £2million part.
She is set to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio, who is in final talks to play self-made millionaire Jay Gatsby whose success and subsequent fall from grace mirrors America’s slump after the excesses of the 1920s into the Great Depression.
Tobey Maguire will play Nick Carraway, narrator of the novel.
Director Baz Luhrmann said he chose Mulligan because she gave a perfect audition.
He telephoned her to give her news while she was at a fashion awards ceremony in the U.S. and she is believed to have broken down in tears at the news.
Luhrman said: ‘Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting.’
‘However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her, “Hello, Daisy Buchanan”.’
Miss Mulligan has enjoyed a meteoric rise to fame – making the transition from barmaid and jobbing actress to Hollywood starlet in just a few years.
Her performance in 2009 coming-of-age film An Education, which was based on journalist Lynn Barber’s memoirs of her seduction as a schoolgirl by an older man and set in 1960s suburbia, made her a household name.
Stiff competition: Carey beat stars including Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley for the role
Stiff competition: Carey beat stars including Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley for the role
Stiff competition: Carey beat stars including Scarlett Johansson and Keira Knightley for the role
It also secured her a Bafta win, an Oscar nomination, and captured the attention of high profile film executives.
She appeared in the Wall Street sequel and has been tipped for a second Oscar nomination next year with Never Let Me Go.
Luhrmann has made his name as a director because of his theatrical, extravagant and eccentric film style – previous hits include Romeo And Juliet and Moulin Rouge.
Breakthrough role: Carey was nominated for an Oscar for her part in An Education, seen her with co-star Peter Sarsgaard
Breakthrough role: Carey was nominated for an Oscar for her part in An Education, seen here with co-star Peter Sarsgaard
He said the film would resonate today as people are again struggling to cope with the economic downturn after enjoying years of boom.
‘If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, “You’ve been drunk on money”, they’re not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time, they’d be willing to,’ he added.
Academy Award-winning actor Robert Redford starred as Jay Gatsby with actress Mia Farrow as Daisy Buchanon in the 1974 film based on the classic novel.
Original: Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the 1974 adaptation of the novel
Original: Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the 1974 adaptation of the novel
In a 2000 TV film version, Toby Stephens played the male protagonist and actress Mira Sorvino interpreted the role of Daisy.
Miss Mulligan suffered disappointment earlier this year after she missed out on a £10million deal to play punk heroine Lisbeth Salander in a Hollywood film adaptation of Stieg Larsson’s best-selling Millenium Trilogy.
Director David Fincher opted instead to give it to little known actress Rooney Mara, who starred in his most recent film The Social Network.


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