Ben Affleck Won't Star in The Great Gatsby
Posted on Wed Apr 20, 2011 09:59 AM PDT

Affleck200.jpgLOS ANGELES, California (X17online) - Ben Affleck is out of director Baz Luhrmann's 3D retelling of The Great Gatsby.

The director offered Affleck the role of Tom Buchanan a few weeks ago, but the Affleck couldn't fit the film into his schedule. Affleck is directing Argo, about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis, in the Middle East and Gatsby will shoot in Australia.

Luhrmann, whose past films include Moulin Rouge! and Romeo + Juliet, co-wrote and is directing the adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald's classic novel. He has signed Leonardo DiCaprio to play Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan to star as Daisy Buchanan and Tobey Maguire to play Nick Carraway.

Affleck has several projects in the works, including a rumored film with frequent co-star and close friend Matt Damon.