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The Great Gatsby: Pitt vs. Pitt, Mulligan vs. Portman, Casting Poll

The Great Gatsby: Pitt vs. Pitt, Mulligan vs. Portman, Casting Poll

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– The rumored Great Gatsby remake isn’t that far along, it seems. While Deadline sets the record straight on the project’s future–the remake might be Baz Luhrmann’s next picture, but so might an original musical at Media Rights Capital–the movie does inspire juicy casting ideas.

For Jay Gatsby, Luhrmann remains a Leonardo DiCaprio fan (Romeo + Juliet) but no official offer has been made. Tobey Maguire is a top choice for narrator Nick Carraway, and the role of Daisy is wide open. Casting suggestions on the young side: Chris Pine or Michael Pitt for Gatsby, Carey Mulligan or Natalie Portman for Daisy, Emma Stone or Michelle Monaghan for Myrtle Wilson, and Rachel McAdams for Jordan. Should the cast go older, why not: Brad Pitt as Gatsby, Nicole Kidman as Daisy, Jon Hamm or George Clooney for Daisy’s jealous husband Tom, Hugh Jackman for Nick, and Naomi Watts for Jordan? We like Michael Pitt as Gatsby, and Kelly Reilly (Sherlock Holmes, Pride and Prejudice) as Daisy.

Who do you prefer? Vote in the poll below, with a few extra ideas thrown in:

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My ideal cast would be Brad Pitt as Gatsby, possessing the sensitivity, intensity and thinly veiled desperation that DiCaprio simply isn't capable of. Except intensity which he has an abundance of, too much in fact, too brooding but in a angry way that wouldn't fit.

Daisy is damn tough – Maybe Amanda Seyfried? Only problem is she can't act to save her life, Kelly Reilly seems a good pick and January Jones could work too. Not sure Portman has the presence to play her, can't do the arrogance and aloofness which typifies Daisy, always seems to vulnerable. Have no idea what possessed them to pick Carey Mulligan though. She can act but she is definitely not Daisy, not by any stretch of the imagination

Keira Knightley as Jordan – she's tall, thin and sorta gangly looking yet attractive at the same time. The square jaw helps the almost masculine aspect too. She is also damn good at playing the carefree rich and pampered.

Jon Hamm is an inspired choice for Tom there, Ryan Gosling could also work.

Christina Hendricks just is Myrtle. Don't think i need to justify that nomination, it sorta speaks for itself, she is so ideal its beyond belief.

Joseph Gordon Levitt for Nick – Much more likable and interesting than Tobey Maguire. Can act as well. Perhaps slightly too young compared to Brad and perhaps too funny and light-hearted but thats only because of the films he's been in. Could be a chance to expand his range and i think he'd be a nice fit. Or alternatively Andrew Garfield, also endearing and likeable but also possibly too young.

For Wilson if you want him to be old i think Paul Giamatti. Young, Casey Affleck or Michael Shannon. Both are good playing the sad,lonely guy who's a bit weird too but ultimately likeable.


@The Pope – it’s been a long time since I read the novel. I see your point, like a Shelley Winters to Elizabeth Taylor in A Place in the Sun. Or Daisy more like an enchanting elusive Audrey Hepburn and Myrtle an irresistable earthy Ava Gardner. So you have a contrast of qualities. I have no idea – Idina Menzel maybe?

Joseph Angier

I’d like to see the filmmakers recapture the special elan of the 1949 version … whose poster showed Alan Ladd with a trenchcoat and a drawn pistol … and which featured the tagline: Gatsby – “as at home with a woman as he was with a gun!” If they could only be true to that unique reading of the Fitzgerald novel, I’ll go along with any casting combos they can come up with.

The Pope

Great idea about DiCaprio to play Tom. It would re-set his image ten fold.

I think though that Amanda Seyfried is far too young to play Myrtle. Fitzgerald described her as “in the middle thirties, and faintly stout, but she carried her surplus flesh sensuously as some women can.”

There has to be a difference between Daisy and Myrtle. I don’t know who could play Myrtle, but I beg to differ on your suggestion.

Allen Blank

When casting this film they should look at the novel to see that both Gatsby and Nick are supposed to be both around 30


I’d cast Ryan Gosling as Gatsby, Rosamund Pike or Michelle Williams as Daisy, James Franco as narrator Nick, Leonardo diCaprio as Daisy’s husband Tom, Michelle Monaghan as Daisy’s friend Jordan, Amanda Seyfried as Myrtle, and Casey Affleck as Myrtles’s husband.

Gatsby needs to be filled with romantic longing, which Gosling can do. Yet with Gatsby’s bootlegger past, you should also feel that he’s someone who’s dangerous to push. DiCaprio is no longer a viable romantic lead, he’s too self-absorbed and petulant looking, which makes him perfect for Tom, who doesn’t appreciate the wife he’s got. Daisy should have a mutable quality, and be able to be many people, from ordinary to gorgeous. Your idea of Rosamund Pike is inspired.

Franco as narrator Nick, because Nick needs to be our idea of ourselves, seeing the beauty and poetry in things and yet working his way through understanding the complex relationships between people.

And if you think Myrtle’s husband should be a tragic figure, why not Jay Baruchel with Amanda Seyfried as smalltown marrieds caught up in a monied immoral world?


Jason Statham and Megan Fox or no sale.

Derek 8-Track

you’re gonna want that DiCaprio / Maguire team up. BFFs FTW

The Pope

Getting the ages is crucial. They’ve got to be around the same age. So putting Brad opposite anyone younger than Nicole Kidman/Cate Blachett is silly. Plus, Kate Winslet is too big… Daisy is gossamer, a dream so light she could drift away on the wind.

Kelly Reilly would be right.

Whatever they do, they have to make sure it is a dark romance. I mean, light and happy to begin, but they must remember what Fitzgerald said of Gatsby… “it is what preyed on Gatsby, what foul dust floated in the wake of his dreams that temporarily closed out my interest in the abortive sorrows and short-winded elations of men.”

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