In casting Tom one had to find an actor who could credibly be (as Fitzgerald describes him) 'one of the most powerful ends that ever played football as New Haven,' had five star acting chops and in the big dramatic showdown scenes between Gatsby and Tom, hold the screen against Leonardo DiCaprio, in the appropriate age group. Any wonder, it has been a long and thorough journey. The simple truth is that Joel came into our rehearsal space in New York and fulfilled all of the above criteria, and then some."
Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Jay Gatsby, with Carey Mulligan portraying Daisy Buchanan, who falls for Gatsby despite being married to Tom. Tobey Maguire is set to play Nick Carraway, the narrator in the novel. Isla Fisher also joined the cast last month as Myrtle, Tom's mistress.
The Great Gatsby was released May 10th, 2013 and stars Lisa Adam, Frank Aldridge, Amitabh Bachchan, Steve Bisley, Richard Carter, Jason Clarke, Adelaide Clemens, Vince Colosimo. The film is directed by Baz Luhrmann.