Ben Affleck up for role in Luhrmann’s GREAT GATSBY
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.