November 16th, 2010
05:48 PM ET
Baz Luhrmann has officially picked his Daisy.
After searching through a slew of A-list actresses to play Daisy Buchanan in his upcoming take on F. Scott Fitzgerald's Jazz Age novel "The Great Gatsby," the filmmaker has settled on Brit It girl Carey Mulligan, according to the Hollywood Reporter.
The "Wall Street 2" star reportedly got the good news via a phone call from Luhrmann while she was on the red carpet at last night's Fashion Council Awards in New York.
But Mulligan, who earned an Oscar nomination for last year's "An Education," wasn't always at the top of the list.
Earlier reports this month claimed that Luhrmann did a workshop of the screenplay with "The Town" star Rebecca Hall reading Daisy opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby and Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway.
Following Hall's run-through, Luhrmann continued to eye everyone from Keira Knightley to Blake Lively to Scarlett Johansson for the role.
New York magazine's Vulture reports that 25-year-old Mulligan became Luhrmann's top candidate mainly because Johansson had committed to filming Cameron Crowe's "We Bought a Zoo" late next spring, which conflicts with "Gatsby's" planned summer shoot.
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