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Movie Casting News: Carey Mulligan cast as Daisy Buchanan for new "The Great Gatsby' film

Baz Luhrmann has chosen Carey Mulligan (photo by Baz Luhrmann) to play Daisy in his adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 classic, The Great Gatsby. Deadline has the following exclusive news and picture of Carey from Luhrmann himself that he took of Carey during her audition at a workshop rehearsals early November.
Mulligan was on the reception line for The Fashion Council Awards in New York when she got the call on her cell phone from Luhrmann, just a few minutes ago. She burst into tears on the red carpet in front of Karl Lagerfield and Anna Wintour. This all occurred shortly after Luhrmann showed the audition footage to Sony Pictures Entertainment execs Amy Pascal and Doug Belgrad, who were impressed by Mulligan's command of the character played in the 1974 film by Mia Farrow.

Mulligan was a late entrant to an elite list of actresses that Luhrmann met with while he conducted readings with Leonardo DiCaprio, who'll play Jay Gatsby. Tobey Maguire is expected to play his friend, Nick Carraway, who narrates the tale. No word yet on who'll play the other major roles, Daisy's husband Tom, their social companion Jordan Baker, Tom's mistress Myrtle Wilson and her gas station owner husband George. 

"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." Read more...

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