'Great Gatsby' finds its Tom Buchanan
May 18th, 2011
09:00 PM ET

'Great Gatsby' finds its Tom Buchanan

Bradley Cooper can stop lobbying for the part of Tom Buchanan in the upcoming 3-D adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's "The Great Gatsby"—the role has officially been handed to Australian actor Joel Edgerton, according to Deadline.

Though Edgerton is largely unknown to U.S. audiences (he starred in the critically acclaimed 2010 crime drama "Animal Kingdom" and will next be seen playing a mixed-martial-arts fighter in the upcoming "Warrior"), "Gatsby" director Baz Luhrmann believes he has exactly what it takes to play the cocky blueblood husband of Daisy Mulligan (Carey Mulligan).

"In casting Tom, one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football at New Haven,' had five-star acting chops, and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group," says Luhrmann. "Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."

Ben Affleck was originally being eyed for the role of Buchanan, but dropped out of the running because of a prior film commitment.

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  1. ambertye

    He looks kinda funny in the movie 🙂 but awesome in this picture

    January 14, 2012 at 2:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. mare

    I love when they choose an unknown (or not as well known) over an A-Lister. Good choice!!

    May 19, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
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  4. olie

    Oprah is The Great Fatsby.

    May 19, 2011 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  5. Proofread!

    You mean Daisy Buchanan PLAYED by Carey Mulligan...

    May 19, 2011 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
  6. sarah

    I don't understand why this movie is going to be in 3D.

    May 19, 2011 at 3:19 am | Report abuse |
  7. The Mad R@p3r

    Salinger would spin in his grave, especially when hollywood casts justin bieber as holden(which they would).

    May 18, 2011 at 10:22 pm | Report abuse |
  8. indietrent

    I feel like we don't need to see this type of film. It's a little strange that they would be putting it in 3d. How about a Catcher in the Rye film people!

    May 18, 2011 at 10:01 pm | Report abuse |

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