Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Everything's Coming Up Daisy

It was interesting to hear that Carey Mulligan was just selected by Baz Luhrman to play Daisy Buchanan in his new adaption of The Great Gatsby.  The 1974 version staring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow is considered to be a classic so it seems a little weird that Baz Luhrmann would remake it at all.  I'm curious to see if Ms. Mulligan and Leonardo DiCaprio, who will be playing Jay Gatsby, can live up the original.  What do you think?

14 comments:

La Maison Fou said...

Oh,
That is great! I always think remakes become their own films.... even if they are remakes!

L.

Cristina @FUJI FILES said...

I LOVE everything Leo does so, super excited about this!

xx Cristina

Shannon of ** Happiness Is...** said...

Love this casting! Oh Baz does amazing re-makes... remember Romeo & Juliet! Can't wait :) xo

Teresa at Splendid Sass said...

My favorite book and author of all time. He has his hands full or he will have to answer to the Fitzgerald worshipers.
I can't imagine that it wouldn't be wonderful.
Teresa

Paula Puryear Martin is said...

Oh, yeah, they will. I don't always love Leo, but I do always love him in a period piece. And Carey Mulligan can almost do no wrong in my book (I say almost because Wall Street 2 wasn't my fave, but that really wasn't her fault).

Alice Olive said...

It won't be as iconic as the original with Robert, Mia and a very young Sam. However Baz has a certain creativity which means it will be something amazing to behold. But part of me wishes he wasn't doing a remake. (If anyone tries to remake Breakfast at Tiffanys, it will be bad sign...)

lindaraxa said...

Ah, Ah, I love Dicaprio but he's too young to play Jay Gatsby...not after Redford in his prime. But have you seen him now? what has he done to his face?!

Lisa Hunter said...

@lindraxa -- All the characters in the book are supposed to be in their late 20s, though they seem much older by today's standards.

I love the Redford version because it was so faithful to the book. But it totally bombed at the box office. I wonder if the current economic climate will make people respond differently to this new version??

Slim Paley said...

My older son and I recently attended the SIX HOUR performance of GATZ (the entire book read as a play) in NYC! It was a real theatrical adventure and we had fun. I was surprised at how much beauty I found in the words being read aloud, even though I've read it twice- once as a teen, and relatively recently. It was definitely a marathon, but a singular and memorable experience for sure!

quintessence said...

I love the choice of Mulligan - less so that of DiCaprio. I think Luhrman could have a unique dramatic perspective very different from Clayton's more visual take - could be interesting.

CB said...

No! This and the remake of Rosemary's Baby upsets me greatly. Gatsby is a perfect book. No need for a movie or a remake. And there is no way on earth that a new Rosemary's Baby will be nearly as stylish or as strangely hilarious.

Karen said...

I actually thought Carey would be perfect for Jordan. I'm not as crazy about her as Daisy, but she's a great actress!

I'm interested to see how Baz interprets this type of classic.

Global Atelier said...

It will be hard to beat the original but I look forward to seeing it!

camdesign said...

No sure I approve of a remake, Robert and Mia did a wonderful job of it the first time...I really can't see Leo as Jay, to me I will always see him as Jack from Titantic...

My daughter Jordan was named after the character from the movie... this movie means alot to her too, it will be interesting to hear her take on a remake...

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