A few rumors circulated recently hinting at the possible demise of the long-in-the-works Great Gatsby movie production, mostly from director Baz Luhrmann, but he was ostensibly “playing hardball.” Now, reports reveal that Warner Bros. is close to completing a deal in which a film adaptation of the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel will emerge and star Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire and Carey Mulligan.
While many details remain unannounced, a deal could be done by Friday that allows Warner Bros. to finance and hold distribution rights to the film. DiCaprio is “furthest along” in negotiations to play Gatsby. Lurhmann spent weeks reading young actresses for the role of Daisy Buchanan, eventually concluding Mulligan was the correct choice. Toby Maguire will play Nick Carraway. Partners of Red Wagon, Doug Wick and Lucy Fisher, have joined and will produce alongside Luhrmann, G. Mac Brown, Catherine Martin and Catherine Knapman of Luhrmann/Bazmark Films.