I’m fairly confident that all casting for The Great Gatsby from this point on will only be for smaller characters, with every addition over the past few weeks not feeling like anything too momentous. This is only continuing, as Variety has learned that Callan McAuliffe is set to play a young Jay Gatsby in Baz Luhrmann‘s 3D adaptation of the F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Previous film credits for McAuliffe include a lead role in Rob Reiner‘s Flipped, in addition to I Am Number Four. If this is similar to the original text, then his scenes should be small, serving more of a thematic purpose than a narrative one for Leonardo DiCaprio‘s older version of Gatsby. The cast also includes Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Jason Clarke, Isla Fisher, Joel Edgerton, Elizabeth DeBicki, Jack Thompson, and Kim Knuckey. With production set to begin next month, it’s expected to open in November 2012.

Meanwhile, Deadline says that Harry Lloyd will play the lead character in Closer to the Moon,  a new drama from Nae Caranfil that also stars Vera Farmiga and Mark Strong. The film, which is written by Caranfil, follows “a Jewish group of former anti-Nazi revolutionaries refocus their skills against the communists and are arrested for robbing a bank under the guise of staging a film shoot.” Sentenced to death, they’re “forced to reenact the caper in a propaganda film,” which Lloyd will play the cameraman for. His character falls in love with a woman (Farmiga), who “has a child with one of the men (Strong) sentenced to die.”

Lloyd gained a lot of attention a few months ago with his performance on Game of Thrones, and also appeared in this year’s Jane Eyre and the upcoming The Iron Lady. Those who saw him on Thrones will probably agree that he perfectly nailed down the role of a slimy, despicable villain,; this seems to be a different sort of part, but range would render that moot. And even though Closer to the Moon wasn’t something I had paid much attention to before, learning more about it has made me eager to see what will be delivered.

How do you feel about these casting choices? Are you looking forward to either film?

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