UPDATE: Mulligan received a call from Luhrmann officially offering her the role of Daisy Buchanan in his adaptation of "The Great Gatsby."
Deadline reports the starlet was walking the red carpet for the Fashion Council Awards in New York City when she received the call. Despite the crowds, she supposedly burst into tears of excitement upon answering her phone.
With that kind of reaction, color us officially almost as excited.
For his new adaptation of "The Great Gatsby," Baz Luhrmann has his Jay Gatsby (Leonardo DiCaprio) and Nick Carraway (Tobey Maguire) locked-in tight, but has been playing a game of musical chairs for Daisy Buchanan.
The pivotal role of Daisy, the "old money" society girl who chooses fiscal comfort (Tom Buchanan) over love (Gatsby), has proved a hotly contested role, with the likes of Rebecca Hall and Amanda Seyfried reading for it. Most recently, Black Widow herself, Scarlett Johansson, seemed nearly a lock, but scheduling conflicts with her commitment to Cameron Crowe’s "We Bought a Zoo" squelched the actress's chances.
Now Vulture is reporting that in Johansson's absence, none other than very educated Oscar nominee Carey Mulligan is the top choice to take the part.
The gorgeous Brit, most recently seen with ex-boypal Shia LaBeouf in "Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps," has the Roaring '20s tomboy-ish flapper looks down, making her more physically appropriate than the curvaceous Scarlett.
F. Scott Fitzgerald's Great American Novel has been adapted several times, but many have failed to note the version released just last year… as "Funny People." Yes, the Judd Apatow dramedy was loosely modeled on Fitzgerald's tale, with Adam Sandler as the film's version of wealthy-but-remote Gatsby, Seth Rogan as the Carraway-esque upstart who befriends him, and Leslie Mann as the Daisy counterpart who invites "Gatsby" to her home where there's a confrontation with her husband.
Let's just hope there will be far fewer dick jokes in Luhrmann's version.
(Originally published on Nov. 13, 2010, at 6:30 a.m. ET)