“The Great Gatsby”‘s Elizabeth Debicki Lands “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” Role

July 31, 2013 | Posted By In Casting | 1414 Views

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elizabeth-debecki Looks like she’s taking her big break and running with it. Elizabeth Debicki was barely out of drama school in Australia when Baz Luhrmann cast her as Jordan Baker opposite Tobey Maguire in his “The Great Gatsby”, and Hollywood has clearly taken notice. Variety reports Debecki has now landed another major role in a major Hollywood production, signing on for Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” opposite fellow up and comers Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.

This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. Cavill is taking the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer in line for his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The two work for United Network Command for Law Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.) and use their charm, wit and advanced spy technology on missions. Vikander is taking the role of a British agent with U.N.C.L.E. who “has a thing for cars,” while Debicki’s role – which she was chosen for after the studio considered much more famous actresses like Rose Byrne and Charlize Theron – is described as being a femme fatale.

Debicki landed an agent and her first film role – Australia’s answer to “The Hangover”, “A Few Best Men” starring “Twilight”‘s Xavier Samuel – within three weeks of graduation from the Victorian College of the Arts, and then proceeded to impress Luhrmann so much in her audition for Jordan Baker in “The Great Gatsby” that he gave her the role over someone more well know, a history that appears to be repeating itself again here. Not straying too far from her roots, Debicki is currently on stage at the Sydney Theater Company opposite Cate Blanchet in “The Maids.”


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