It's been a long process bringing Baz Luhrmann's version of "The Great Gatsby" to the big screen, but actual progress seems to be underway. TheWrap got the scoop that Leonardo DiCaprio and his best friend Tobey Maguire were in Manhattan last weekend to workshop the adaptation with Luhrmann.
DiCaprio has long been rumored to play the titular Jay Gatsby, but this is the first we've heard of Maguire being considered for the role of narrator Nick Carraway. In addition, TheWrap has also learned that "The Town" star Rebecca Hall read for the main female role of Daisy Buchanan.
Of course, reading for a role does not necessarily mean an actor is signed up for it. At least it seems certain that Luhrmann has decided to move forward with "Gatsby" instead of his mysterious musical project. When MTV spoke with the director last month, he was not willing to confirm that DiCaprio was his Gatsby, but it seems like that is the most likely element of the casting rumors thus far.
For those of you who missed the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel during high school, "The Great Gatsby" is told from the perspective of Nick Caraway, a newcomer to Long Island's affluent North Shore who befriends self-made but shady millionaire Jay Gatsby and soon discovers that Gatsby intends to win back the now-married love of his life, Daisy Buchanan. Illicit affairs, love triangles and tragedy ensue.
How perfect would it be for DiCaprio and Maguire to do a film together again, now that they're at the heights of their respective careers? The two are best buddies off screen, and have worked together in smaller projects in 1993 and 2001. Their friendship and chemistry off-screen could translate well into an on-screen bromance. Also, with her star rising thanks to a great performance in "The Town," Hall seems like she would similarly be a strong choice for Daisy.
What do you think of these casting rumors? Do you think these actors would be suited for the suggested roles?