I’m not sure what to make of the idea that Baz Luhrmann is remaking The Great Gatsby. One thing is certain; the film will be beautiful, but whether he’ll be any more successful at bringing the book to life than Jack Clayton remains to be seen. It’s been many years since I saw that 1974 version and frankly I don’t remember much other than a handsome Redford, and empty Farrow and not much caring about the whole thing.
So back to the beauty - thus far Luhrmann has reportedly already sussed out his main men with Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Ben Affleck as Tom Buchanan. Now, after having held court with a bevy of Hollywood It Girls (Rebecca Hall, Amanda Seyfried, Keira Knightley, Michelle Williams, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, Abbie Cornish, Blake Lively), latecomer Carey Mulligan (An Education, Never Let Me Go) has been awarded the coveted role. Now out of all those young women, other than Michelle Williams, she was probably the best choice. Mulligan’s talent clearly transcends her youth, she was simply stunning in An Education. But does this film really need redoing? Probably not. Will people go see it? Yes, and that’s the bottom line. I don’t know what the hell happened with Australia, that thing looked like a hot mess and having big stars didn’t seem to help. But with DiCaprio and Mulligan and the wealthy backdrop of this period piece, Luhrman’s version should be a big draw.
Let’s just hope Nicole stays off the billing.