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Ben Affleck up for role in Luhrmann’s GREAT GATSBY

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
April 7th, 2011

Despite director Baz Luhrmann's strangely cagey remarks on just when he's going to lens his take on THE GREAT GATSBY (the last news held that the helmer said he wasn't doing the film immediately and that nothing was set in stone), it looks like casting is going full steam ahead. And with Ben Affleck?

Deadline reports that the thespian-turned-writer/director is "in talks" to play the role of Tom Buchanan, philandering husband to Carey Mulligan's Daisy Buchanan. For those looking for a visual, Bruce Dern played the role in the 1974 adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel. Tom Buchanan would be an interesting role for Affleck - he's not only a philanderer, he's also a racist and awhite supremacist. Fun, right? But can Affleck go that dark?

I actually have much more faith in Affleck's ability to get away from his genial everyman work to play Tom Buchanan than I do in another element of this project - namely, that it's slated to be in 3D. Fine performances, that's what I'll head to the theater for. Bogged down by needless 3D? I'm less than sold on that bit.

Carey Mulligan, Tobey Maguire, and Leonardo DiCaprio have long been attached to the project as Daisy, Nick Carraway, and Jay Gatsby, respectively.

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  • Raymondpg

    Let’s take a great piece of American literature, commemorate it by cinematizing it for all the world to see…and make it 3D?

    A film is meant to be watched as if you were the only one watching it. I admire and respect the movement and story on the screen. 3D is a novelty best fit for a genre that can “oooo” and “aaah” at the images coming from the screen.

    Leave Gatsby alone.

    • https://gordonandthewhale.com KateErbland

      I really can’t even imagine the thought process that went into deciding this should be in 3D. I mean – really, just at a loss here.

      Luhrmann is clearly into spectacle with his films, but this is an entirely new level and one that’s both unexpected AND unnecessary.

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