Carey Mulligan Lands ‘Great Gatsby’ Lead

The Great Gatsby’s female lead has been cast and–sorry, Blake Lively–the role has gone to British actress Carey Mulligan.

Director Baz Luhrmann tells Deadline that he has picked the An Education actress to star in his highly-anticipated film adaptation of the famed F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.

Carey’s casting comes as a bit of a surprise, since Gossip Girl star Blake was rumored to be closing in on the role of the enchanting Daisy. Blake was even spotted on a dinner date with Leonardo DiCaprio, who is already set to play Jay Gatsby in the new film.

Things may have been a little awkward between the two actresses when they both apperared at the 7th annual CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards in New York on Monday night, just hours after the news of Carey’s casting had been announced.

Carey will be taking over a role that was once interpreted by a fellow pixie haircut-loving beauty, Mia Farrow. Mia played Daisy opposite Robert Redford in the 1974 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. Watch a clip from the 1974 film below.

Baz tells Deadline that his Gatsby workshops with Carey were what sealed the deal in his mind. “The results from the workshop process on The Great Gatsby have been very encouraging,” Baz told Deadline. “There are a few elements that I feel need to be resolved before I would categorically state that this is my next film.”

“Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting. However, specific to this particular production 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.'”

Carey was nominated for an Oscar for her breakthrough role in An Education. The 25-year-old actress has also won acclaim for her work in films like Pride and Prejudice, Never Let Me Go and Wall Street 2, which she co-starred in with her ex-boyfriend, Shia LaBeouf.

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