Keeping an Eye on Carey Mulligan

Carey Mulligan, one of the latest members of an exclusive lot of lovely ingenues to sashay into Hollywood, slipped onto the scene as Kitty Bennet in the 2005 adaptation of Jane Austen's Pride and Prejudice. However, it was in theĀ  film "An Education," based on the memoir by Lynn Barber, that Mulligan really caught and held our attention. The actress sparkled in this story of a young, sheltered woman who is suddenly whisked into the world of apparent wealth and glamor -- on the arm of a much-older-than-appropriate Peter Sarsgaard.

Mulligan's continued to impress us, most recently with her turn as Kathy in "Never Let Me Go," based on the book by Kazuo Ishiguro, which follows three friends into a reality more haunting than anything you could imagine. And the news that she'll play Daisy Buchanan opposite Leonardo DiCaprio's Jay Gatsby in "The Great Gatsby," based of course on the Fitzgerald classic, cements her position as a fixture in intelligent filmmaking -- from both a script and casting perspective.

We can't get enough of Mulligan, so we welcomed today's news that she'll soon step back onto the stage (she appeared in Chekhov's "The Seagull" back in 2008) in "Through a Glass Darkly" off-Broadway in New York City. Keep at it, Mulligan. We're sure you're here to stay.

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