Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby" Adds Three New Stars, Begins Production

Amitabh Bachchan, Jason Clarke, and Isla Fisher are the latest to be cast in the upcoming film adaptation of Fitzgerald's novel

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New gossip from West Egg: Amitabh Bachchan, Jason Clarke, and Isla Fisher have been cast in director Baz Luhrmann’s hotly anticipated The Great Gatsby remake. Bachchan, who’s kind of like the Bollywood Sean Connery, will play the shady-dealing Meyer Wolfsheim. And while we had Fisher pegged as a tomboyish, arrogant Jordan Baker type, she’s apparently taken on the role of Myrtle Wilson, Tom Buchanan’s volatile and ill-fated mistress. Clarke, whom we vaguely recognize as a cop from several movies and TV shows (Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, The Chicago Code), will stand by Fisher’s side as Myrtle’s pitiable husband George. 

With Leonardo DiCaprio already slated to play Gatsby, Tobey Maguire in the role of Nick Carraway, and delicate, sad-eyed Carey Mulligan as the iconic Daisy Buchanan, Luhrmann’s Gatsby may actually live up to all the hype it’s been getting. The release date is still up in the air, but Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures announced this week that the film has gone into production—hopefully, there’s a green light at the end of the tunnel. -Allison Friedman

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