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OTRC: Carey Mulligan cast as Daisy Buchanan in 'The Great Gatsby'

Carey Mulligan speaks to OnTheRedCarpet.com in March 2010. / Carey Mulligan photographed auditioning for the role of Daisy Buchanan in New York City on Nov. 2, 2010. (Baz Luhrmann / Bazmark)

Carey Mulligan has been chosen by director Baz Luhrmann to play Daisy Buchanan in his film adaptation of "The Great Gatsby".

Mulligan, a 25-year-old Oscar-nominated British actress who recently starred in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps", auditioned for the part on November 2, the director said on his website.

"Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world's most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation," Luhrmann said on Monday.

"However, specific to this particular production of F. Scott Fitzgerald's novel, 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".

Preliminary casting lists show the movie is set for release in 2012. Leonardo DiCaprio will play the lead male role of Jay Gatsby, Deadline.com said, adding that "Spider-Man" actor Tobey Maguire is expected to play his friend, Nick Carraway, who narrates the story.

It was reported in early November that other actresses who reportedly read for or were considered for the role included Natalie Portman, Michelle Williams, Scarlett Johansson, Rebecca Hall of The Town, Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Blake Lively of Gossip Girl and Abbie Cornish.

Robert Redford played Gatsby, a shady millionaire and Mia Farrow played his character's love interest Buchannan, who Gatsby courted and lost due to their differences in their social statuses, in a 1974 film that was based on a screenplay by Francis Ford Coppola.

Mulligan was nominated for an Oscar for her role in the 2009 film "An Education" and also starred in films such as "Pride and Prejudice" in 2005 and "Never Let Me Go" in 2010.

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