It may not be entirely clear when Baz Luhrmann will get around to filming his 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby, but that uncertainty hasn’t stopped him from building up a cast over the past several months. He’s already got Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire in line for story lead Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan, and Ben Affleck is said to be negotiating for the role of her husband, Tom Buchanan.
Now, THR says that Isla Fisher is in talks for the part of Myrtle Wilson, who acts as the mistress to Tom in F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s classic novel. The Rango and Wedding Crashers actress would have one of the most important roles in the entire film; in the novel, her (spoilers for an 86-year-old book) death sets in motion much of the story’s later events, and the part’s casting could be crucial to the movie’s success. This is a role that needs to be cast just right, or the entire third act could fall flat. The article also says that production should begin in the late summer, although who knows what Luhrmann has planned.
Fisher has shown that she’s a talented actress in the past, so her as a choice for this movie isn’t something that I find much fault in. In fact, I’d say that all of the casting so far has left me impressed (even though I would’ve preferred Rebecca Hall over Mulligan). It’s an interesting group of actors to have work under the style-oriented director, and that sense of newness – even for a classic tale – is what really leaves me excited.
The Great Gatsby is expected to hit theaters in 2012.
Do you think Fisher is a good casting choice for Gatsby? Are you excited for the film?