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Baz Luhrmann's 'The Great Gatsby': Who should play Daisy?

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Great-Gatsby-CastingImage Credit: Insidefoto/PR Photos (2); David Gabber/PR PhotosAnother juicy role for an actress, another giant casting call. This time, the part in question is socialite Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s sure-to-be-snazzy reimagining of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The project is already an A-list affair, with Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire attached to play playboy Jay Gatsby and narrator Nick Carraway, respectively. According to Deadline, Rebecca Hall (The Town) recently read for the role of Daisy, who figures into the story as Nick’s cousin and Jay’s love interest. But Luhrmann wasn’t 100 percent sold and is still looking for a leading lady. His reported short list has plenty of the usual suspects: Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson. And apparently there are a few newbies in the running too, like Abbie Cornish, Blake Lively, and – don’t count her out yet – Hall. So who should get the part?

If memory (and/or SparkNotes) serves, Daisy is a complicated character, alternately worldly and naive, but always alluring. And her voice, in Fitzgerald’s own words is “full of money.” Knightley certainly fits that bill, but is she too British to play such a distinctly American character? Does Lively’s rich girl resumé (see: Gossip Girl) help or hinder her? Go ahead and cast your vote in our poll below – and leave your write-in suggestions in the comments![polldaddy poll=4020024]

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Originally posted November 1 2010 — 4:30 PM EDT

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