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Baz Luhrmann workshopping his adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” with Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Rebecca Hall

Joshua Brunsting

by: Joshua Brunsting
October 19th, 2010

If there has ever been a marriage of director and source material worth its weight in potential, the upcoming Baz Luhrmann-directed adaptation of the legendary F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, The Great Gatsby is that very project.

The story that Luhrmann was born to adapt for the screen, The Playlist is now reporting that Luhrmann may in fact be close to getting the film into production.

The outlet is reporting that the filmmaker recently took part in a workshop with the likes of Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, and Rebecca Hall, with the hopes of getting this long talked-about project off the ground.

Luhrmann’s upcoming film currently has a script penned by Luhrmann and longtime collaborator Craig Pearce, with the trio of actors reading for Jay Gatsby, Nick Carraway, and Daisy Buchanan respectively. This doesn’t mean a whole ton, particularly knowing that Luhrmann is an avid fan of the workshop atmosphere, but it does bode well for the film. 

We should be hearing an announcement from the director as to what his next film will in fact be, but personally, I think this is the project he was born to direct. I adore the source material, and as a fan of Luhrmann, his style would fit this story so perfectly, that it is hard to imagine another director taking on the material.

What do you think?

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  • Bill

    Leelee Sobieski as Daisy Buchanon. Think about it. It is an incredible casting idea and I am giving it to you for free. you sgould pay me something-
    Billa great gatsby fan and Baz fan and Leo fan and Leelee respecter

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