Jason Clarke from "The Chicago Code" Scores Major Role in THE GREAT GATSBY


For those of you who may have been following me (on Twitter, or here on the site) for a while, you're probably aware that I was (and still am) a massive fan of Shawn Ryan's now-cancelled TV series "The Chicago Code." So it brings me great joy to tell you one star of the show is finding work on the big screen.

Jason Clarke, who played Detective Jarek Wysocki in the series, has locked a role in Baz Luhrmann's upcoming 3D adaptation of The Great Gatsby. I'm embarrassed to admit I've never read the book or seen the original film starring Robert Redford, so I can't personally confirm the importance of Clarke's character to the overall narrative. But fear not: The Hollywood Reporter says Clarke's character George Wilson is "the man who brings the story to its climax."

The trade reports Luhrmann has been looking for Australian actors to fill out the rest of the cast in order to cut costs, as they'll be filming there later this year. Clarke will be joining fellow Aussie Joel Edgarton and a ridiculously high-profile cast including Leonardo DiCaprio, Tobey Maguire, Carey Mulligan, and Isla Fisher when the film begins shooting in the fall. He will soon appear in another period piece next to yet another awesome cast in John Hillcoat's The Wettest County in the World, starring opposite Shia LaBeouf and Tom Hardy.

So how about it, Tyrants? Anybody out there read Gatsby or seen the original movie? Of those people who raised your hands, have any of you seen "The Chicago Code"? Sound off in the comments about how you think Clarke will do with this role. And for the rest of you, random comments about random topics will have to do.

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