Ben Affleck Out of The Great Gatsby, Isla Fisher In
Posted 04.20.11 by Ryan
Just when we thought Ben Affleck was going to return to acting by starring in director Baz Luhrmann's adaptation of The Great Gatsby, Affleck goes back to directing the upcoming political thriller, Argo.
Deadline reports that Luhrmann wanted Affleck for the role of Tom Buchanan, the husband of Daisy (Carey Mulligan was cast in the role last year), but Affleck's commitment to Argo wouldn't allow him to take part in the production, which will be shot in Australia. Based on a 2007 Wired article titled "How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran", Argo is about, well, the title kind of says it all. Affleck directed last year's highly lauded drama, The Town.
As for the Great Gatsby, Luhrmann may have lost his Tom Buchanan, but has filled the role of Myrtle, the wife of a gas station owner and Buchanan's mistress. THR reports that Isla Fisher is "in negotiations" to play Myrtle, who plays a vital role to the story and its ending, a role that is spoiled in the THR report (though F. Scott Fitzgerald's book has been around since 1925 so perhaps publishing a "spoiler" isn't possible at this point).
The rest of the Great Gatsby includes Leonardo DiCaprio in the title role of Jay Gatsby, and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, the book's narrator. Luhrmann plans to start the 3-D production (yes, 3-D, according to both reports) in August, for an unannounced release date.