The rumors are true. The role of Tom Buchanan, left vacant since the departure of Ben Affleck to star in and direct Argo, has gone to Aussie Joel Edgerton. While he had been mentioned as being considered for the part almost a month ago, he presumably was waiting until news of The Bourne Legacy’s casting came about. Since Bourne went with Renner, Edgerton will go with Gatsby. Not a bad consolation prize. Edgerton joins Leo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, Elizabeth Debicki, and Isla Fisher in the legendary period piece.
Edgerton caught Luhrmann’s eye in part due to his size, as F. Scott Fitzgerald had described Tom Buchanan as “one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven.” So it sounds like Edgerton will have the onus of having to portray a Yalie, a gentleman of the highest order. Let’s hope he cleans up well. (Deadline)