Who Should Play Daisy in Baz Lurhmann’s Great Gatsby?


We recently told you about Baz Lurhmann’s plans to bring a new film adaptation of The Great Gatsby to the big screen that would star Leonardo DiCaprio as Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway. While Rebecca Hall read the role of Daisy in a recent workshopping of the script in New York, word is that Lurhmann is considering several other actresses for the part — namely Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson, and Natalie Portman.

In our opinion, none of these ladies is the right choice. Most of what we know about Daisy from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s descriptions centers on her voice (“a wild tonic in the rain” and “full of money”), rather than physical characteristics, but we’ve always pictured her looking incredibly ethereal — just like Mia Farrow in Jack Clayton’s 1974 film version. Assuming that she’s not burned out on the classics after recently shooting Jane Eyre, what about ditching the usual suspects and casting another Mia — The Kids Are All Right’s Mia Wasikowska — for the part?