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twickster
11-10-2010, 11:45 AM
Baz Luhrmann -- director of Strictly Ballroom, Romeo + Juliet, and Moulin Rouge!, as well as Australia, is going to tackle The Great Gatsby. (http://www.theatlantic.com/culture/archive/2010/11/how-to-make-a-good-great-gatsby-movie-a-guide-for-baz-luhrmann/66204/)

I like Luhrmann just fine -- I'm immensely fond of Moulin Rouge! -- but he is not unflawed as a director. He has a tendency to dump herky-jerky-played-for-laughs scenes into his movies (I turned off Australia 15 minutes in when he did one), and I'm not convinced drama is his metier.

Interesting casting, though -- DiCaprio and Maguire seem like a good start.

Dewey Finn
11-10-2010, 11:52 AM
On the HBO series Entourage, the main character Vincent Chase was asked by Martin Scorcese to star as Nick Carraway in an obviously fictional film version of that novel. I think it was titled "G".

AutumnLeaves
11-10-2010, 12:24 PM
First off, I don't really understand the need to tread over this ground again. Aren't there enough Gatsby productions? Though, I loved what Baz Luhrman did with Romeo + Juliet and that's been done once or twice before. But I worry he'll use it as an opportunity to cast a bunch of pretty, ticket-selling actors and water down the story and make it Lurhman-style flashy. I have little hope for this adaptation if he casts any of the generic male and female leads whose names are being thrown around.

Second, I find DiCaprio the most blandly competent actor around. His line readings are fine, his performances fine, but I can't remember the last time I watched a movie with him in it and didn't think that the movie would not suffer one bit with another actor, and could indeed only be improved with another leading man. Look at Inception. He was perfectly alright in the lead role. His bland competence didn't take anything away from the movie, or add anything to it. But his Inception character didn't need to be fully fleshed out. Jay Gatsby needs to be many things at once, and DiCaprio doesn't really seem able to pull that off.

Third, I don't know if I can think of an actress working right now who would play Daisy perfectly. The few who could manage are a little too old now. Anyone else able to suggest a name?

infinitii
11-10-2010, 12:34 PM
Third, I don't know if I can think of an actress working right now who would play Daisy perfectly. The few who could manage are a little too old now. Anyone else able to suggest a name?

Michelle Williams or Kirsten Dunst? (It's been a while since I've read the novel -- I can't recall how old she was).

AutumnLeaves
11-10-2010, 12:41 PM
Michelle Williams or Kirsten Dunst? (It's been a while since I've read the novel -- I can't recall how old she was).

About 23, if I rememeber correctly? I do quite like Michelle Williams but I think her and Dunst would have the same problem; both actresses have a very sweet quality that comes out on screen. Daisy is beautiful and can act bubbly sometimes, but is cold. You need someone who can be sarcastic and steely underneath elegance.

In the book Daisy is dark-haired, so the actress needn't be fair-haired.

twickster
11-10-2010, 12:45 PM
The linked article, in fact, mentions that fact (that Daisy is a brunette) in the lead.

Natalie Portman, maybe?

AutumnLeaves
11-10-2010, 12:53 PM
Oh I know, but after so many castings of a blonde as Daisy even I default to that in my mind. Just throwing it out there.

My intense dislike of Portman makes it hard for me to consider her! Damn mental block.

Zsofia
11-10-2010, 01:06 PM
I've heard they may cast Blake Lively. I love Blake Lively but the idea is ridiculous.

infinitii
11-10-2010, 01:13 PM
I've heard they may cast Blake Lively. I love Blake Lively but the idea is ridiculous.

Interestingly, her co-star on Gossip Girl, Leighton Meester, might be a perfect choice...

Marley23
11-10-2010, 01:14 PM
Ugh. I've never liked Luhrmann's movies, so if I were looking for someone to adapt The Great Gatsby it definitely wouldn't be him. But to be honest, in the years I've been a Gatsby fan I've never really tried to track down any of the movie versions. The book is self contained and there's nothing that really begs to be expanded in movie form.

twickster
11-10-2010, 01:39 PM
I've only seen Blake Lively in one thing, and thought she was quite good in it: The Private Lives of Pippa Lee. (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1134629/)

I do hope they find a brunette, though.

the raven-haired Ms. Twicks

Dangerosa
11-10-2010, 01:58 PM
Anna Kendrick is a brunette who may be able to act. She is charismatic.

Anne Hathaway? A brunette who can act.

Really the trick with Daisy is to play a self absorbed but oh, so beautiful and charismatic and vulnerable BITCH. Daisy is really interested in no one but Daisy, but "oh, poor Daisy."

AutumnLeaves
11-10-2010, 02:11 PM
I found reading Hemingway's A Moveable Feast, with its description of one Mrs. Zelda Fitzgerald, completely changed my views on Daisy.

twickster
11-10-2010, 02:49 PM
Anne Hathaway? A brunette who can act.

Interesting suggestion.

Elendil's Heir
11-10-2010, 03:08 PM
Hmmm. Interesting. Maybe Keira Knightley? Here she is looking a bit Daisy-like in Atonement: http://media.photobucket.com/image/knightley%20atonement/fashionising/keira-knightley-atonement.jpg

Here's Mia Farrow in the role in the 1974 film: http://www.moviemarket.com/library/photos/251/251926.jpg

pepperlandgirl
11-10-2010, 03:16 PM
Well, I'm psyched. Not necessarily because I love Luhrmann. In fact, my first thought was "This work is too subtle for that ham-handed maniac." On the other hand, I really love DiCaprio, and I think he is perfect for the role of Gatsby. As for being "blandly" competent, as somebody suggested upthread, I disagree vehemently. He's a very smart, nuanced actor. Compare his various performances in the past decade--Gangs of New York, The Departed, Shutter Island, and Inception for starters--and I think you get a pretty good idea of his range and abilities.

pseudotriton ruber ruber
11-10-2010, 03:21 PM
I was just discussing Daisy's hair-color with another Fitzgerald scholar Sunday night, when we attended the Public Theater's version of Gatsby, called GATZ, an eight-hour-long verbatim reading of the novel (sold out for the run, unfortunately for you---although the $300 tickets that the scalpers got for my ticket is pretty intimidating, too). Anyway, my friend asked me if Daisy's hair is specified as blonde or what, and I told him to listen to the dialogue when the baby makes her appearance. Daisy claims that her baby's hair color is both identical to her own and is "yellow," so I don't see how Daisy is a brunette in the novel. (In GATZ, she was played by a very dark-haired Latina, though they often cast contrary to type in this production. Gatsby himself, for example, was bald, which oddly enough worked.)

SaharaTea
11-10-2010, 04:30 PM
Hmmm. Interesting. Maybe Keira Knightley? Here she is looking a bit Daisy-like in Atonement: http://media.photobucket.com/image/knightley%20atonement/fashionising/keira-knightley-atonement.jpg
Keira Knightley is probably sick of doing costume dramas, but she'd be my first choice. Or maybe Emily Blunt. She played bitchy really well in The Devil Wears Prada.

I also read that Amanda Seyfried (http://www.imdb.com/media/rm1518964480/nm1086543) is in the running. Not sure about her acting chops, but she has a good look for the character.

twickster
12-03-2010, 06:10 PM
Bump to say he went with Carey Mulligan. (http://www.guardian.co.uk/film/2010/nov/16/carey-mulligan-luhrmann-great-gatsby) I liked her in An Education -- anyone know how her American accent is?

Elendil's Heir
12-03-2010, 08:55 PM
She had one in Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps, and it sounded OK.

Elendil's Heir
12-04-2010, 07:39 PM
Come to think of it, Mulligan has been in two movies with Knightley, as it happens: Pride & Prejudice and Never Let Me Go.

twickster
01-10-2011, 03:26 PM
Oh good lord, now he's talking about doing it in 3-D (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/the-great-gatsby-in-3d-director-baz-luhrman-considering-it-for-film_n_806804.html). :rolleyes:

pepperlandgirl
01-10-2011, 03:34 PM
Just as Fitzgerald intended it...

Mr. Excellent
01-10-2011, 03:43 PM
Oh good lord, now he's talking about doing it in 3-D (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/01/10/the-great-gatsby-in-3d-director-baz-luhrman-considering-it-for-film_n_806804.html). :rolleyes:

This must be some sort of joke. Why would anyone ever, in any circumstances, think that The Great Gatsby requires 3D?

Elendil's Heir
07-24-2011, 10:13 AM
Here's Carey Mulligan on her research for the part, and some info on the rest of the cast - some big names! And yes, it will be in 3D, don't ask me why: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/24/carey-mulligan-on-the-great-gatsby_n_907972.html

Maserschmidt
07-24-2011, 10:24 AM
Huh, I don't know if Elizabeth Debicki can act, but she certainly looks (http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/newcomer-elizabeth-debicki-to-play-jordan-baker-in-the-great-gatsby/) like I pictured Jordan Baker.

twickster
07-24-2011, 10:28 AM
...And yes, it will be in 3D, don't ask me why: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/24/carey-mulligan-on-the-great-gatsby_n_907972.html...

Fuck, 3D? Okay, I can state right now that I have zero intention of seeing this. 3D? Seriously?

Manda JO
07-24-2011, 10:38 AM
Huh, I don't know if Elizabeth Debicki can act, but she certainly looks (http://www.deadline.com/2011/05/newcomer-elizabeth-debicki-to-play-jordan-baker-in-the-great-gatsby/) like I pictured Jordan Baker.

It talks about her "chemical connectivity" with Toby McGuire, who is playing Nick, but my whole reading of their relationship is that there isn't any real connection: it's entirely one of convenience.

Seriously, I don't know if I can take a Gatsby version seriously if they take the Nick/Jordan paring seriously.

Elendil's Heir
07-24-2011, 10:10 PM
...Seriously, I don't know if I can take a Gatsby version seriously if they take the Nick/Jordan paring seriously.

A paring? Ooo, ouch. Maybe that's why they need 3D - it's being remade as a splatterfest.

BigT
07-24-2011, 11:14 PM
Now that I've actually seen some stuff in 3D, I have to agree. There's just no point. Even using a bonafied 3D camera leaves you with crap that does not look remotely realistic. Without the parallax, everything just looks like paper cutouts.

Then again, I'm not thrilled with the existence of this movie. The Great Gatsby is one of the most boring classic works I've ever read. Fitzgerald manages to make even exciting stuff at the end seem boring. But, even if they fix that, the beginning is still mostly symbolism, and not plot. I cannot see how you can make a faithful adaptation and also make a good movie.

I've seen both of the attempts, one of which while actually in my English class.

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