Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Mcguire read a new script for a ‘Great Gatsby’ adaptation. DiCaprio and Maguire were among the first to get a peek at a Baz Luhrmann’s new screenplay based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel.
Rebecca Hall was also invited to the reading of the new script. This is not anything new for Baz Luhrmann, who also directed ‘Moulin Rouge.’ He tends to do readings of his new works; workshopping them is just part of the process.
Though there is no guarantee that the workshop cast will be the final casting of the film version, it is an interesting group. Leonardo DiCaprio as the title character Jay Gatsby and Tobey Mcguire as Nick Carraway would offer great contrasts between Fitzgerald’s strikingly different characters. Rebecca Hall, who read Daisy Buchanan would also make for interesting casting, though there have been rumors that Natalie Portman or Amanda Seyfried may be up for the role as well.
If Leo does end up in the new ‘Gatsby’ movie, it would reunite him with Luhrmann, who worked with him in the 1996 movie “Romeo + Juliet.”
The last time that the Fitzgerald novel was adapted for the big screen, was a 1974 movie that stared Robert Redford (Gatsby), Sam Waterston (Nick), and Mia Farrow (Daisy). Hopefully this new version will not just stack-up with the 1974 movie, but lap it.