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Carey Mulligan says she is “still in shock” at being cast as Daisy Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s planned remake of The Great Gatsby.

Almost a month has passed since the Australian director phoned Mulligan while the star was on the red carpet at the Fashion Council Awards in New York.

After being informed of her audition success Mulligan promptly burst into tears, and she told the BBC that she is still struggling to take the news in.

Speaking at the British Independent Film Awards, where she won the Best Actress prize for her performance in Never Let Me Go, Mulligan said: “I’d auditioned twice and waited for a fortnight, and called my agent every two hours for two weeks – he almost sacked me.

“It was a huge huge shock and I can’t believe I’m going to be working with the people I’m going to be working with.

“I have a copy of it by my bed that I’m obsessively reading. I can’t wait, but I don’t think it’s happening until summer so it’s a long time.”

Leonardo DiCaprio has been tipped to play the title role in Luhrmann’s take on F Scott Fitzgerald’s classic novel, with Tobey Maguire slated to appear as Nick Carraway.

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Nothing that new with the exception of some small casting news in regards to the other main character but The Great Gatsby and Carey were mentioned in a recent interview with director Baz Luhrmann :) You can read the rest of the interview with Baz Luhrmann at the source.

“I’m so thrilled about Carey Mulligan [who’s been cast as Daisy]. She’s just fantastic, and now one has to match Jordan. They’re a couple in a sense. They reflect two completely different sides of a coin. And so the role of Jordan has to be as thoroughly examined as Daisy, for this production, for this time,” he tells EW. “It’s like Olivier’s Hamlet was the right Hamlet for his time. Who would Hamlet be today? Same with a Jordan or a Daisy” He doesn’t yet have a short list. “I’m seeing everyone,” he says. “What’s crucial about Jordan is that she is incurably dishonest, to quote Fitzgerald. She’s dishonest on an internal level, and she has an inability for self-realization. She’s a dangerous driver, to quote Fitzgerald again. And in the simple language, I think Jordan is also what, at the time, you might have referred to as a Long Island flapper, and now you might refer to them as a Hamptons flapper. That just means not a bohemian flapper that’s living the Village, but someone who’s attaching themselves to the fashionable aspects of flapperdom…. I don’t take it lightly at all. It’s my obsession at the moment. The connectivity between buying into, in a fashion sense, this new movement — a new liberation of women, a new sensibility, a youth that was absolutely drunk on money and possibility, the first ever American youth that was completely youthful — that is a thrilling subject.”

According to IrishCentral, Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan are set to star in a movie called Shame. The movie centers around Fassbender’s character who is unable to control his sex life.

Shame has been written by Steve McQueen and Abi Morgan and will center around Fassbender’s character, Brandon, his sexual escapades and what happens when his younger sister moves in with him. James Badge Dale, from The Pacific, will also star.

The movie will shoot in New York for six weeks starting in January 2011.

Appearing in a small British indie film that makes a splash at the Sundance Film Festival would be considered a success for any actress. But for 25-year-old Carey Mulligan, her starring role in 2009’s An Education marked the beginning of an 18-month blur of red carpets and revelry.

“It sort of feels like none of it really ever happened,” says the actress, whose Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for that film propelled her to the top of many directors’ must-cast lists.

Looking back on the glitz and glamour, Mulligan says she would have liked to have been less nervous about the whole thing.

“It was a little bit scary,” she confesses. “In retrospect, I wish I’d just had a drink and had more fun.”

While industry rumors abound about Mulligan appearing in everything from Ridley Scott’s 3-D Alien prequel to Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby, her roles in this year’s Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, directed by Oliver Stone, and Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go” are keeping her on the minds of moviegoers and academy voters alike.

Despite the high-profile casting rumors, she insists that earning an Oscar nomination didn’t result in being buried in juicy scripts. It’s been a gradual build rather than an overnight shift.

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The adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald’s novel attracted the attention of Hollywood’s top actresses, including Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman and Rebecca Hall.

Director Baz Luhrmann said he chose Mulligan because her audition was perfect. “Regarding the role of Daisy Buchanan, I was privileged to explore the character with some of the world’s most talented actresses, each one bringing their own particular interpretation, all of which were legitimate and exciting,” he said.

“However, specific to this particular production of The Great Gatsby, I was thrilled to pick up the phone an hour ago to the young Oscar-nominated British actress Carey Mulligan and say to her, ‘Hello, Daisy Buchanan’.”

Luhrmann telephoned Mulligan with the news on Monday night as she attended a New York fashion gala. The actress was so thrilled that she reportedly burst into tears on the red carpet.

Leonardo DiCaprio is in negotiations for the role of Jay Gatsby, the Long Island millionaire whose rise and fall mirrors the decadence and Great Depression of the 1920s. Tobey Maguire will play Nick Carraway, narrator of the novel.

Fitzgerald’s story was adapted in 1974 with Robert Redford and Mia Farrow in the lead roles, and won two Oscars.

Luhrmann, director of Moulin Rouge and Romeo and Juliet, said the film will have resonance in the current economic climate. “If you wanted to show a mirror to people that says, ‘You’ve been drunk on money’, they’re not going to want to see it. But if you reflected that mirror on another time, they’d be willing to,” he said.

“People will need an explanation of where we are and where we’ve been, and The Great Gatsby can provide that explanation.”

Mulligan is hot property in Hollywood following her Oscar-nominated performance in An Education. She appeared in the Wall Street sequel and has been tipped for a second Oscar nomination next year with Never Let Me Go.

Congratulations Carey! :) :)

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Actors from both sides of the pond will be converging on the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel Thursday night to serve as presenters at the 2010 BAFTA Los Angeles Britannia Awards.

Those who have agreed to hand out trophies include Valerie Bertinelli, Marion Cotillard, Rosario Dawson, Dakota Fanning, Jane Leeves, Jane Lynch, Wendie Malick, Carey Mulligan, Cillian Murphy, Kevin Spacey and Olivia Wilde as well as producer Jerry Bruckheimer.

The previously-announced honorees are Tony Scott and Ridley Scott’s Scott Free Prods. the recepient of the Britannia Award for Worldwide Contribution to Filmed Entertainment; Jeff Bridges is receiving the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film; Michael Sheen, the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year, and Betty White, who will be recognized with the Charlie Chaplin Britannia Award for Excellence In Comedy.

Stephen Fry will return as master of ceremonies for the second consecutive year.

TV Guide Network will telecast the awards ceremony Sunday evening, marking the first time the Britannia Awards show has aired on U.S. television.

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Actress Carey Mulligan has revealed that she very keen to play Juliet in William Shakespeare’s play Romeo and Juliet on Broadway.

The 25-year-old actress said she hopes to hit the stage as Juliet in a new production next year.

“I’ve been talking to someone about Romeo and Juliet and I’d never sort of gone after it and tried to make that happen. I’ve never done Shakespeare, so that really scares me. But it’s exciting,” contactmusic.com quoted her as saying.

“I won’t be able to play Juliet in a couple of years and if I’m ever gonna do it I should do it now,” she added.

The An Education star insists she’ll always return to the stage in between movies because she’s more comfortable on stage.

She said: “I love doing film, but I do think I’m more comfortable on stage because the film was never the dream.”

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When I talked to Carey Mulligan a year ago doing roundtable interviews for An Education, she could still reasonably pass as the wide-eyed neophyte. The relationship with Shia LaBeouf had just started, the Oscar nomination was yet to come, and though she had filmed Never Let Me Go, at the time it was just a Keira Knightley vehicle with two unknowns cast as leads alongside her.

Now, though, there’s a lot that’s different, and Mulligan herself acknowledges it. Not only is she an Oscar nominee with job offers pouring in, not only is her co-star Andrew Garfield better known as The New Spider-Man, but Never Let Me Go is one of the most major debuts at the Toronto Film Festival, with hard-bitten critics crying their eyes out at the saga of three childhood friends faced with living tragically truncated lives (read my review here for slightly more spoilery details). Mulligan, an avowed fan of Kazuo Ishiguro’s original novel, talked to me and some other journalists about tackling the pivotal role of Kathy, how her life has changed since bringing An Education to the festival circuit last year, and a little about her role in Oliver Stone’s Wall Street 2.

Had you read the book before you got involved with the film?
Yes, I had. My mum is a big Ishiguro fan, and I read it pretty much as soon as it came out. In the book she’s 31 at the end, so I thought [a film version I could star in] was a couple of years away. Then they brought the ages down and made it so we could play them from ages 18 to 28. But I was always in love with the book. I read it six times between getting the job and now.

What did you love about the book?
I loved his writing. I loved how unsentimental it was, and how much he said in these little tiny phrases. And I love how his writing isn’t overly intellectual and doesn’t exclude the audience. It invites the audience in. Ishiguro is an incredibly intelligent person, and his writing could be really cerebral, and it’s not.

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