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Ben Affleck’s schedule could keep him out of Baz’s “Great Gatsby”

By Sean O’Connell Baz Luhrmann continues to assemble an all-star ensemble for his adaptation of “The Great Gatsby,” currently in pre-production.

Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan already have been cast in Luhrmann’s pic. Reports out this morning now say the director is trying to lure actor-director Ben Affleck for a key role.

“Affleck is interested in tackling the role of Buchanan except there’s a hitch: scheduling,” THR reports.

The actor’s currently lined up to direct and possibly star in the political thriller “Argo,” which would shoot in September. Luhrmann, meanwhile, wants to begin lensing “Gatsby” in August.

According to THR, both sides “are trying to see if the dates can be worked out.”

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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, 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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