CATEGORIES Movie NewsHere's the latest on 'The Great Gatsby' casting front: Australian actor Joel Edgerton has been cast in the plum role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's 3D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic. The film, which is readying for an August production start, has gathered an all-star cast: Leonardo DiCaprio will play Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire is playing Nick Carraway, the novel's narrator, Carey Mulligan is playing Gatsby's love, Daisy Buchanan, who is married to Tom Buchanan, a wealthy man having an affair with a mistress, played by Isla Fisher. Edgerton has appeared in several films, including 'King Arthur,' 'Star Wars: Episode II' and 'III,' 'Kinky Boots,' 'Smokin' Aces,' and 'Animal Kingdom,' and will soon be seen in 'Warrior' and the remake of 'The Thing.' Ben Affleck was an early Luhrmann choice, but he decided to direct the Middle Eastern hostage film 'Argo' instead. [The Hollywood Reporter]
As anticipated, Armie Hammer -- best-known for playing the Winklevoss twins in 'The Social Network' -- has landed the role of the masked man in Gore Verbinski's version of 'The Lone Ranger.' Johnny Depp has long been attached to the project as the Lone Ranger's sidekick and comrade-in-arms Tonto. Hammer is hot right now: He recently was cast as a prince in Relativity Media's 'Snow White' adaptation and will appear opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Warner Bros.' 'J. Edgar' biopic. [The Wrap]
Oh those Europeans! You can count on them to make a clear distinction between an artist's work and an artist's life (see: Richard Wagner, Ezra Pound, Roman Polanski). The latest example of this magnanimous attitude: According to reports at The Hollywood Reporter and Deadline, after Tuesday's screening of Jodie Foster's 'The Beaver,' which stars the disgraced Mel Gibson, the audience gave Foster and Gibson, both of whom were in the audience, a 10-minute standing ovation. According to THR, at an earlier press conference, Foster said she made the film with a European sensibility and expected the crowd to be receptive. 'The Beaver' hasn't performed well in the U.S.