Gemma Ward cast in Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby'


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The Great Gatsby is occasionally described as the Great American Novel, but filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is certainly doing his best to give his 2012 adaptation a serious injection of Australiana. The film is shooting in Sydney and has already cast two Aussie leads — Joel Edgerton will play Tom Buchanan, a.k.a. the Great American Douchebag, while Isla Fisher will play Tom’s mistress Myrtle. Now, EW has confirmed that Australian model Gemma Ward has been cast in the film in an undisclosed role. Ward, who famously “retired” from modeling at age 21, is probably best known to American audiences as Tamara, the freaky mermaid queen from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (which is a movie that made $1 billion dollars).

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  • Viv

    Well we outsource everything else, why not outsource a piece of Americana?

  • Carly

    Has the role of Jordan been cast yet?

    I was excited about this movie until I found out it was going to be in 3D. I would have also preferred in be shot in the US considering it is a classic piece of American literature.

    • Megan

      I know, honestly. I’m so mad… it could be SUCH a good movie and I hate that they could possibly screw this up big time >_<

  • cal

    The original movie starring Robert Redford was a box office bomb even though it was well done. Can’t imagine them taking another chance on this rather dated story.

  • Danny

    I imagine she’ll be playing the role of Jordan Baker?

    • Cassy

      I assumed Daisy…

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  • JennieO

    She looks just like Amanda Seyfried.

    • KC

      That’s exactly what I was thinking!

  • Jim

    You don’t have to be on drugs to watch Baz Luhrmann’s movies, but it helps.

  • Sarti

    no, jordan baker is some other actress i’d never heard of, elizabeth debicki. check it out on the imdb page.

  • tracy bluth

    I like how you tell us at the end that Pirates 4 made $1 billion dollars. Between that and recapping Jersey Shore it’s like your job is to announce the fall of humanity.

  • malcolm

    That’s days old. Reported in Oz on Monday. Nice try EW.

  • Sasha

    I do wonder what role she’ll play. So far, the casting sounds interesting and qualified. Can you imagine, Flake Lively was considered (for a second, though) to be Daisy Buchanan? Don’t laugh, I’m serious. I can not wait to hear Carey’s Americanish accent. Love her.

    • Erin

      Indeed. They passed over Blake for Carey so I have faith in the casting.

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