Joel Edgerton joins Luhrmann’s THE GREAT GATSBY as Tom Buchanan

Kate Erbland

by: Kate Erbland
May 17th, 2011

Aussie star (and GATW favorite) Joel Edgerton has just landed his next potentially star-making role inBaz Luhrmann's THE GREAT GATSBY. He will play Tom Buchanan, a character most notably played by Bruce Dern in the 1974 version of the film considered to be the definitive version. This is the same role Ben Affleck recently had to turn down due to scheduling conflicts.

Edgerton will play opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as his wife Daisy Buchanan, Isla Fisher as his mistress Myrtle, and Australian newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker (recently picked by Luhrmann, fresh out of acting school). Though the film's release in 3D still renders me confused, Luhrmann is making up for it with this amazing cast of established and emerging talent.

Luhrmann himself commented on just what it was that drew him to Edgerton, saying:

"In casting Tom one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."

Edgerton will next be seen opposite Tom Hardy in WARRIOR and the pushed-back THE THING remake. He also recently signed on for Kathryn Bigelow's long-talked-about and now-really-relevant untitled Black Ops thriller.

Source Deadline, via Coming Soon

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