Ben Affleck in Talks for 'The Great Gatsby' Role; Did He Beat Out Bradley Cooper?

One of the great pleasures of the last five years has been seeing the world slowly come around on Ben Affleck. "Hollywoodland" reminded everyone that the dude can act, "Gone Baby Gone" showed his surprising directing chops, and "The Town" proved he can do it all at the same time while leading the charge to remind studios that adults like going to the movies, too.

Now if everyone has their way he'll head for the latest adaptation of one of the greatest novels ever written. Deadline is reporting that Affleck is deep in talks for the role of Tom Buchanan in Baz Luhrmann's "The Great Gatsby."

Scheduling may be an issue, however. Affleck is getting ready to shoot his third film as director, "Argo," about the 1979 Iran hostage crisis (gotta leave Boston someday, after all), and production is supposed to begin in September, the month after "The Great Gatsby" starts rolling.

But since both projects are set up through Warner Brothers, and since Affleck made them so much money with "The Town," my guess is they'll find a way to work with them.

Buchanan, a role previously sought by Bradley Cooper, is the husband of Daisy (Carey Mulligan), and can also lay claim to being a womanizer, alcoholic, racist, and a little bit abusive if it comes down to it.

Affleck has shown more than once than the bad guy with just the right amount of relish and self-loathing (let me hear some love for "Dazed and Confused"), and I'm really hoping this goes through.

Also hoping this goes through? Every girl in my middle school class. Many an hour was lost listening to them, circa 1999, going on and on about Leonardo DiCaprio (who will play Gatsby, fighting for Daisy's affection) and Ben Affleck. And they thought Bella had a hard choice to make...