Over the last few weeks practically every in demand actress’ name has been batted around for the part of Daisy in Baz Luhrmann’s highly anticipated adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel The Great Gatsby. To date Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Amanda Seyfried, Natalie Portman, Rebecca Hall, Blake Lively, Abbie Cornish and Michelle Williams have all been linked to the part. Today Vulture have reported that the lovely Carey Mulligan is now the new top choice to play Daisy Buchanan:

Insiders tell Vulture that, after testing for the part in New York last week, Scarlett Johansson was still very much being considered by Luhrmann and Gatsby star Leonardo DiCaprio. But now, we hear, because of Johansson’s recent commitment to star in Cameron Crowe’s We Bought a Zoo at Fox — Zoo starts shooting in the late spring of next year; Luhrmann’s Gatsby goes before cameras next summer — she won’t be available, and Mulligan is the top candidate.

I’m a big fan of Mulligan so this news gets two big thumbs up from me. Leonardo DiCaprio is favourite to play Jay Gatsby, while Tobey Maguire seems to be a lock for Nick Carraway. The Great Gatsby is scheduled to start filming Spring 2011, expect to hear some concrete casting news for this in the coming weeks.