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Darren Franich
August 30, 2011 AT 07:49 PM EDT

The Great Gatsby is occasionally described as the Great American Novel, but filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is certainly doing his best to give his 2012 adaptation a serious injection of Australiana. The film is shooting in Sydney and has already cast two Aussie leads — Joel Edgerton will play Tom Buchanan, a.k.a. the Great American Douchebag, while Isla Fisher will play Tom’s mistress Myrtle. Now, EW has confirmed that Australian model Gemma Ward has been cast in the film in an undisclosed role. Ward, who famously “retired” from modeling at age 21, is probably best known to American audiences as Tamara, the freaky mermaid queen from Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (which is a movie that made $1 billion dollars).

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