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Gatsby Update: Are These Two Ladies The Finalists For Daisy?

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As previously mentioned, director Baz Luhrmann is working on a film version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel The Great Gatsby, with Leonardo DiCaprio possibly playing Gatsby. Guess who had dinner Tuesday night in New York? Baz, Leo… and Blake Lively.

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A source says the dinner was "strictly business;" there were eight people at the table, including "the director's whole crew." Sigh. Leo is an amazing actor, but Blake? Ugh. She is not Daisy Buchanan, and her earnest acting "style" doesn't seem suited for the campy theatricality of a Baz Luhrmann film.

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But! Rumor has it on Monday, Scarlett Johansson auditioned for the part of Daisy by doing a reading with Leo. She is said to be "very happy" with how it went.

So we could be down to two choices for Daisy: Scarlett or Blake. In which case, please, for the love of Zelda, let it be Scarlett. If Baz really likes Blake, maybe she can play lady golfer Jordan Baker?

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Blake Lively, Leonardo DiCaprio Go Out for Dinner [Us Magazine via LaineyGossip]

Earlier: Who Should Play Daisy In The New Gatsby Movie?

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HazeyJane
Hazey Jane

Oh man...another hot mess film version of The Great Gatsby. I remember my English teacher had us watch the Robert Redford/Mia Farrow monstrosity after we had read the book and we really enjoyed how awful it was. I thought Robert Redford should have swapped roles with the guy who played Tom. It was hard to buy Redford as someone who would ever feel inadequate and the same goes for Leonardo DiCaprio. I suppose it's a little like Pride and Prejudice where filmmakers can't help themselves and cast the best-looking actress as Elizabeth, even though the book clearly states that Jane is meant to be the hottest Bennett daughter.

I didn't like Daisy in the novel at all. Why anyone would put up with her was absolutely beyond me (and Mia Farrow's interpretation only made her seem even more obnoxious). I'm not sure who I'd cast in the role, but it would have to be someone with a lot of natural charisma. I don't think either of these actress fit the bill.