When you’re adapting to the big screen what many consider to be the Great American Novel — and doing it in 3D, no less — there is going to be heightened scrutiny about every choice you make. From plot to dialogue to aesthetics, a demanding public will insist on the utmost of authenticity.
Good to know, then, that Carey Mulligan and company are making sure they’re well-prepared for the task.
Mulligan plays Daisy Buchanan in the upcoming Baz Luhrmann-directed epic adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby,” which will feature Leonardo DiCaprio as the titular, mysterious millionaire; Tobey Maguire as narrator/protagonist Nick Carraway; Joel Edgerton as Tom Buchanan; Isla Fisher as Myrtle Wilson; and newcomer Elizabeth Debicki as Jordan Baker.
Saying that she’s both “terrified” and “freaked out” by the responsibility, Mulligan told during an interview at Comic-Con, “I’ve had so much time and I’ve been able to read so much Fitzgerald. I went to princeton where they keep all his papers and i got to look at zelda Fitzgerald’s medical records and go to look at the most amazing stuff, the first manuscript of ‘The Great Gatsby.'”
Mulligan went on to say Luhrmann provided the cast with research files, books, and presentations of gangsters and the economy of the 1920s, amongst other things, and feels she’ll be plenty prepared.
“It’s daunting. It’s the biggest thing I’ve been involved in – it’s strange going from a little off-Broadway play to such a big thing, but I’m raring to go,” she told the BBC.
All that preparation and reverence is good, considering the movie history of the book.