Baz Luhrmann NOT casting an A-list superstar or Academy Award winner in The Great Gatsby is bigger news these days than if he does. With that introduction, I give you – big news. Newcomer Australian actress Elizabeth Debicki has been cast in the role of Jordan Baker. If the name doesn’t ring any bells, maybe you’ll remember her as the love interest of Nick Carraway. If that doesn’t ring any bells, relax. You’re still probably in the top quartile when it comes to literary prowess in America.
I could paraphrase Lurhmann’s thoughts on the casting decision, or I could pass on his words. Here they are:
“It was a surprising result, but Elizabeth’s grasp of the material and her chemical connectivity to Tobey Maguire, in addition to her striking, athletic appearance, had us in a place where we were fully confident and ready to take the leap of giving the role of Jordan Baker to what, I guess, people would term ‘a discovery.’ “
Her Gatsby co-stars include the aforementioned Maguire, Leonardo DiCaprio as the man himself, and Carey Mulligan as Daisy. Debicki’s in for a bit of a trial by fire, having come straight from arts college. I wonder if she knows that Tobey Maguire beats his co-stars if they flub their lines. If she doesn’t, she will. (Deadline)
Debicki is such a newcomer that there doesn’t appear to be any confirmed photos of her on the Internet. That should change within the hour.