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Callan McAuliffe Is Lil' Gatsby in 'The Great Gatsby'

30 August 2011 7:50 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Sigh... it seems like only yesterday that Leo himself could pass for sixteen.

Those days are long gone, though, as Callan McAuliffe has signed on to play a younger version of Leonardo DiCaprio in "The Great Gatsby," according to Variety.

The Australian actor, who recently appeared as Sam in "I Am Number Four," will play Jay Gatsby as a teenager, before he grows up to be a young, mysterious millionaire who throws great parties and keeps dark secrets. 

However, if it is McAuliffe who plays Gatsby during his World War I soldier days, that means they'll need someone to play a younger version of Carey Mulligan's Daisy Buchanan, too. Maybe Baz Luhrmann can get Izzy Meikle-Small, who played a young Mulligan in "Never Let Me Go?"

News of McAuliffe's casting comes hot on the heels of word that Gemma Ward has also joined the ensemble in an unidentified but reportedly major role. »

- Bryan Enk

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Screen Aus invests in Beaconsfield and Resistance

5 May 2011 9:37 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Screen Australia has invested $2.4 million in two television projects: ABC sci-fi series Resistance and Nine telemovie Beaconsfield. Resistance is a.26-part live action sci-fi children.s series for the ABC produced by Andrew Dillon and directed by Andrew Dillon and Geoff Bennett. The series is an Australian-Canadian co-production written by Naomi Janzen and Sarah Lambert and aims to combine action, thrills and cutting-edge special effects with the challenges of ordinary childhood life. Beaconsfield is a three-hour telemovie produced by John Edwards for the Nine Network and is based on the true story of the Beaconsfield Mine disaster that occurred on Anzac Day, 2006. The adult-television drama will be directed by Glendyn Ivin and written by Judi McCrossin. .Beaconsfield »

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