The battle between old money and new wages again as Leonardo DiCaprio takes on the role of Jay Gatsby in a new adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1926 novel “The Great Gatsby.” The film, which begins shooting soon in Australia, will be helmed by director Baz Luhrmann (“Moulin Rouge,” “Romeo + Juliet,” “Strictly Ballroom”).
While DiCaprio as Gatsby is an intriguing casting choice — not to mention Toby McGuire as Nick — I was more interested in who would wear the riding boots of WASP prick Tom Buchanan (Bruce Dern is pictured above in the 1974 production).
Buchanan, a Yalie, will be played by Joel Edgerton, whom you’ll no doubt recognize as Owen Lars from the “Star Wars” films “Attack of the Clones” and “Revenge of the Sith.”
(Actually, I just remembered that in high school we had a Gatsby costume party and I was chosen to portray the Old Money prick.)
No word if Ralph Lauren will provide costumes, as he did in 1974. — CHRISTIAN CHENSVOLD