Edgerton, Evans Up For “Great Gatsby”

Both were former candidates for “The Bourne Legacy”, now Aussie actor Joel Edgerton and Welsh thesp Luke Evans are said to be in contention for the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann’s “The Great Gatsby” at Warner Bros. Pictures says The Hollywood Reporter.

Based on the classic F. Scott Fitzgerald novel, Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby who still pines for his former flame Daisy Buchanan (Carey Mulligan). Luhrmann had originally planned to get Ben Affleck to play Tom Buchanan, Daisy’s wealthy husband who has a mistress (Isla Fisher).

Affleck had to pass due to scheduling conflicts. Edgerton and Evans both took part in readings for the role late this week, but no decision has been officially made as yet. It’s thought Edgerton may have an edge coming from Sydney where the film’s shooting – the more local actors Luhrmann uses, the better the production’s chances of a tax break.

Shooting on the 3D project kicks off in August.