Yesterday, LaineyGossip broke the story that Leonardo DiCaprio and the newly single Blake Lively were spotted having dinner together (with a group). Then, just a few hours later, Us Weekly reported the same thing, confirming it. Congrats to Lainey for breaking so many stories lately!
Anyway, yes, Blake and Leo - they were out to dinner on Wednesday night, apparently there with a group of eight people, one of which was Baz Luhrmann. Baz is likely preparing his next project, another film adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. Many think Leo has it in the bag for Jay Gatsby… and that Blake is trying to be his Daisy Buchanan. Lainey also reported that Tobey Maguire could be coming on as Nick Carraway. So… was it just a business meeting? Or has Blake found her next boyfriend? Or a little of both?
Lively meets Leo! Newly single Blake Lively dined with Leonardo DiCaprio at NYC eatery The Lion on Wednesday, an insider confirms to UsMagazine.com. (LaineyGossip.com first reported the sighting.)
But Lively, 23, and DiCaprio, 35, weren’t alone. “It was an 8 person dinner,” the insider explains, adding that director Baz Luhrmann was in attendance.
And the meal was strictly business: DiCaprio has been cast as Jay Gatsby in Luhrman’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s classic book — and Lively is being strongly considered for the role of Gatsby’s love, Daisy Buchanan.
The director’s “whole crew was there,” the source says, adding that DiCaprio and Lively “didn’t leave together.”
Lively would have to fight off strong competition to win the role of Daisy. Scarlett Johanson, Natalie Portman, Keira Knightley and Michelle Williams are also contenders, according to Deadline.
Lively and Gossip Girl costar Penn Badgley recently ended their three-year romance, her rep told Us Weekly exclusively last week.
DiCaprio is still going strong with Bar Refaeli, his model love of over four years.
[From Us Weekly]
I would actually like/love it if Blake and Leo became a couple, or just had some kind of brief, hot affair that ended his relationship with Bar, who I don’t really care for (I think she’s Single White Female-ing Gisele). But Blake as Daisy? Oh, no! NO. Blake needs to stretch her acting muscles at something else besides a classic American character like Daisy. So Blake, take my advice: your best role will be as some power player’s girlfriend, not as Daisy. Please.
Photos courtesy of WENN. Side-by-sides thanks to CB!