March 24, 2017

Leonardo DiCaprio, Amanda Seyfried rumored for “Great Gatsby”


By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: When reviewing this week’s major, David Fincher’s “The Social Network,” multiple critics made connections between Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg (portrayed by Jesse Eisenberg) and Jay Gatsby, the protagonist of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s heralded novel.

Now it appears we may get another film adaptation of “Gatsby,” itself.

Production Weekly – which normally is accurate in its posts – Tweeted that the “rumored” casting for a “Gatsby” adaptation would have Leonardo DiCaprio for Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire for Nick Carraway and Amanda Seyfried for Daisy Buchanan.

Wow. I, for one, am hoping that’s true.

First Showing follows up and says director Baz Luhrmann once planned to adapt “Gatsby,” but might not hold the rights any longer. Luhrmann would make sense, as he has collaborated with DiCaprio in the past (on “Romeo + Juliet”).

The last “Gatsby” of note was Jack Clayton’s 1974 take, which starred Robert Redford in the title role. It took home two technical Oscars. But it’s time for a new “Gatsby,” and I’d love to see Luhrmann’s version, with DiCaprio at the helm.

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Sean O'Connell is a nationally recognized film critic. His reviews have been published in print ('The Washington Post,' 'USA Today') and online (AMC FilmCritic.com, MSN's Citysearch) since 1996. He's a weekly contributor to several national radio programs. He is a longstanding member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA), the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS), and the Southeastern Film Critics View all articles by Sean O'Connell Association (SEFCA).

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