Carey Mulligan frontrunner for `Great Gatsby` role

Updated: Nov 14, 2010, 10:07 AM IST

New York: `An Education` star Carey Mulligan is likely to nab the lead role of Daisy Buchanan in the movie adaptation of F Scott Fitzgerald`s `Great Gatsby`.

Australian filmmaker Baz Luhrmann is directing the film and while Leonardo DiCaprio is already attached to play title role of Jay Gatsby, the name of female star is yet to be decided.

Mulligan may get the coveted part after `Iron Man 2` star Scarlett Johansson excused herself from the race because of her other movie commitments.

The `Wall Street 2: Money Never Sleeps` beauty is now director Baz Luhrmann`s top choice to play Daisy, reported a magazine.

It is will be the first movie on the popular novel since the 1974 version starring Robert Redford and Mia Farrow.

Johansson`s recent commitment to star in Cameron Crowe`s `We Bought a Zoo` will make her unavailable to join `Great Gatsby` which begins shooting next summer.

The makers are also considering to rope in `Spider Man` star Tobey Maguire to portray narrator Nick Carraway.

The story, based on the novel, will revolve around the love life of Gatsby and Daisy and Gatsby`s rise and fall.

First published 1925 and set on Long Island`s North Shore and in New York City, the classic is a critique of the great American Dream.

PTI