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Carey Mulligan Lands Role of Gatsby Girl Daisy Buchanan

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Baz Luhrman put an end to all the speculation yesterday after considering pretty much every hot young actress in Hollywood for his new adaption of "The Great Gatsby."

    "I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: 'Hello, Daisy Buchanan,'" the director told Deadline.

    "An Education"

    [NATL] "An Education"
    Best Actress nominee Carey Mulligan stars opposite Peter Sarsgaard as a teenage Londoner who gets swept off her feet by an older man. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams and Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall and Natalie Portman were all under consideration at one time or another.

    Hall at one time seemed to be the prohibitive favorite as she had been workshopping Luhrman's new script with Leonard and DiCaprio and Toby Maguire, who will play Jay Gatsby and Nick Carroway, respectively.

    "Wall Street 2" Pushed Back, Here's the Trailer Again to Tide You Over

    [NATL] "Wall Street 2" Pushed Back, Here's the Trailer Again to Tide You Over
    Michael Douglas, Shia LaBeouf, Carey Mulligan and Oliver Stone have decided to head to Cannes before hitting a theater near you, meaning that "Wall Street: Money Sleeps" is being moved back from Spring to Fall. (Published Wednesday, May 30, 2012)

    Being cast as Daisy makes for a nice finish to a disppointing year for Mulligan. After earning an Oscar nomination for her work in "An Education," both "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps" and "Never Let Me Go" went totally ignored.

    Mulligans next film, "Drive," stars Ryan Gosling as a stunt driver who moonlight's as a getaway, and must go on the run after a robbery goes bad. The film is based on the novel by James Sallis and is being directed by Nicholas Winding Refn. It's due out some time next year.

    "Never Let Me Go"

    [NATL] "Never Let Me Go"
    Based on the acclaimed novel by Kazuo Ishiguro and starring Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley and Andrew Garfield, it tells the story of three friends who come to realize what their English boarding school is actually preparing them for. (Published Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010)