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Carey Mulligan: Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby'!

Carey Mulligan: Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby'!

Carey Mulligan has landed one of Hollywood’s most coveted roles — playing Daisy Buchanan in The Great Gatsby!

The 25-year-old British actress burst into tears when she got the message from director Baz Luhrmann while she was at the Council of Fashion Designers of America Awards.

“I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her: “Hello, Daisy Buchanan,” Baz told Deadline.

Blake Lively and Amanda Seyfried were reportedly also in the running for the role.

Rounding out the main cast: Leonardo DiCaprio, who will play Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire, who’s expected to play his friend Nick Carraway.

WHAT DO YOU THINK of Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan?

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  • homeless rachel

    love carey. cant wait to see it.

  • Grace

    Love her ! Thank god a real actress got the part and not some model/”actess” like Lively.Carey can really do the part justice while at the same time looking like Daisy should look, not all fake boobs nose jobs.

  • Music 101

    I think she’ll be great as Daisy

  • Lisa


  • whitney

    She’ll be great! I think this character will be a stretch from her own personality but that’s the job of an actress, and she’s a fine one that can handle it!

  • DizzyMissLizzie

    I can’t stop praising her…and was actually discussing with a friend the other day as to who would be good to play Daisy…Carey was our choice as well ;) to be honest we would be happy if it were anyone except Lively…come on…let her wear the pretty dresses…she’s good at that, can’t deny it*
    Not thrilled about Toby Magure though…he’s always so boring and the same in his films. Though I’ll be thrilled if he proves me wrong* ;)

  • lexy hates bilson

    Congrats to her! Though I think Blake would have done a good job.
    I wonder why they didn’t give Rachel Bilson the job – LMAO!!!

  • anna

    THANK GOD it wasn’t Blake! Carey is way better!

  • mln

    i actually thought amanda might be good but carey is a good actress and should do a good job as well

  • Allison C

    Oh my gosh.. I am so excited The Great Gatsby is one of my all time favorite books.. I think the cast sounds perfect. Carey will be a perfect Daisy!!

  • GG

    I’m glad she got picked for the role.

  • essie

    wonder who’s gonna play jordan baker.. ehhh i think carey is too young for this role! esp since leonardo is playing the lead

  • oh

    Perfection! I think Carrie is in perfect line with Leo. They both have that “it” factor without TRYING. I think it’s perfect. :) They’d also make a cute couple! ;)

  • Kay

    I was rooting for Amanda Seyfried, but I’m still excited to see the movie.

  • Ehhh

    Carey is no DAisy!! They need a better looking actress hard to believe a guy would pine over her.

  • Michelle

    I wish they had cast an American actress. The only job in the country were a foreigner gets work over qualified Americans…..Hollywood.

  • I ♥ Carey

    I’m so relieved that blake lively didn’t get the part.

  • Gab

    Great actress. I think she can carry off being both likable and irritating at the same time. In the end, Daisy Buchanan is an unsavory character and I think Carey has the maturity as an actress to pull it off.

  • kristin

    I like Carey, but Leo needs to be replaced. He picks good movies, but he’s not a great actor. If Baz wants to make a modern classic, he should replace him.

  • Nora

    She is by far the only actress worthy of this role.

  • yo

    she’s prettier than amanda ho and she’s got more personality than blake. plus she’s more talented than both of the other girls combined!

  • Sweetness

    Seriously has anyone read the book She’s TOO young or Leo is too OLD…how can she play Daisy next to a near 40 Year old Leo???

  • Courtney

    YAY! So happy for her. Great cast.

  • Joboots


    Seems you like sex appeal than actual talent like Carey,eh Michelle??

  • lily

    “Sweetness” Leo is 35, not close to 40 and he has the ability to look younger if he takes care of himself. And Carey has the maturity of someone older, and her voice is that of a woman in her 30′s! Very sophisticated. I think she was a good choice, not great, but better than the other options.
    I think Daisy should be someone prettier though, like Natalie Portman type pretty (even though i don’t think natalie would be good for the part as daisy acting wise).

  • Millie

    I actually thought Blake was perfect for the role. She has a 20s look to her, plus I like her paired with Leo Dicaprio better then Carey.

  • ollie

    Carey is an amazing actress. However for this role, I think Amanda would’ve been the quintessential Daisy. While she may not command as much acclaim for her serious roles yet, she of all the actresses up for the role could have brought the girl with the voice of money and shallow vanity right to life. No disrepect to either of them though because under Baz’ hands, it’s gonna be superb!

  • dr

    LOVE IT!

  • Fiona

    I’m so happy for her. I think she is perfect for this role. I’m not so sure about Tobby as Nick though.

  • ll

    why is this hooker famous? she’s ugly…

  • me me me

    carey is perfectly cast, dicaprio i can live with, but tobey maguire?? odd choice that one…

  • goodchoice

    This is a good choice! So happy to read this! She really is a great actress!

  • deuce

    Good for her! Out of the three contending she seems to fit the part more. She already dresses like Daisy. Amanda would have also made a good choice.

  • tyannah

    Sorry but she has nothing to do with the Daisy from the book… I did my university thesis on “The Great Gatsby” so I do know the book very well, some parts I even know them by heart, and Nick, Daisy and Gatsby were not well chosen in my opinion…
    Leonardo as Gatsby may me and my entire promotion laugh…be serious, there are long descriptions of the characters in the book and they have nothing to do with those three actors…. Very bad choice.
    In my university department of literary studies people are saying that Carey as Daisy is a very bad choice..even Frances Kroll Ring (Fitzgerald’s own secretary, my thesis director is a close friend of hers) said that the casting is bad, and that the way Fitzgerald depicted his characters to her is far from those chosen.
    It would be good if they asked people who REALLY are able to decide on something that actually are their speciality, instead of choosing just famous actors to make money.

  • I n F a m o u s l y C o o L

    …cant knock her hustle. she’s taken over hollywood one movie at a time.

  • Linda

    Carey and Leo are good choices, but I am not sure why Tobey Maguire is in the movie???

  • lm

    thank god! i wanted her as daisy so bad!

  • Marcus

    She’s perfect! She will be wonderful.

  • lanne

    @ tyannah:
    WHO CARES. make your own movie or STFU.
    carey is a good choice. and so are leo and tobey, it’s lhurman’s movie, it’s his vision of fitzgerald’s work. he gets to decide who he wants to act. don’t watch if you have that big a stick up your ass.

  • opal dolphin

    Surely she’s too young to play Daisy!? I always thought Daisy was supposed to be around 30.
    Carey annoys me quite alot even though i can see that shes a good actress.

  • Denis MacEoin


    That must be the most ridiculous thing I’ve ever read. Carey Mulligan is startlingly attractive, by far the most beautiful woman i films. She’s also one of the most intelligent, and she can out-act most of her rivals. She will make a perfect Daisy Buchanan, much better than Mia Farrow.

  • gfrt

    i’m reading The Great Gatsby and I’m not sure about the cast. Dicaprio is too old to play Mulligan’s lover. They are supposed to know each other from their 20s … well Carey was 15 and Leo 30, of course ..