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Jason Clarke joins Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby

Jason Clarke, The Chicago Code

Story by Jack Foley

JASON Clarke has landed a key role in Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby alongside Leonardo DiCaprio.

The Chicago Code star will play George Wilson, the cuckholded husband of Myrtle and the man who brings the story to its climax.

He will join an A-list cast that includes DiCaprio as the wealthy and mysterious Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway, Carey Mulligan as Gatsby’s love, Daisy Buchanan, and Isla Fisher as Myrtle, a married woman having an affair with Buchanan.

Clarke, who hails from Australia, falls in with Lurhmann’s desire to fill the last big remaining roles with Australian actors, a move which, according to The Hollywood Reporter, will help the production secure tax credits Down Under.

Lurhmann has also recently cast rising male actor Joel Edgerton as Buchanan.

Clarke has long been one of the small screen’s most charismatic stars. The Chicago Code may have been axed, but his performance won widespread acclaim, and he was also a part of the hit show Brotherhood.

Film roles have also provided a useful indicator of his talents and he’ll shortly be seen alongside Clive Owen in the David Schwimmer directed Internet predator drama Trust.

He also recently completed production on The Wettest County in the World, an ensemble period drama from John Hillcoat that also stars Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy, as well as The Fields, a crime drama starring Sam Worthington and Jeffrey Dean Morgan.

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