04/08/2011 09:25 am ET | Updated Jun 08, 2011

Ben Affleck In 'The Great Gatsby'? Star In Talks For Tom Buchanan

So we beat on, boats against the current... with Ben Affleck in a 3D big screen adaptation of what is perhaps the Great American Novel.

Deadline reports that Affleck is in talks to join the star studded, Baz Luhrmann-directed epic "The Great Gatsby," negotiating to play the part of Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan is Daisy Buchanan's philandering husband, a rich but emotionally shallow man.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Affleck and the film's producers must work around a scheduling conflict; he's slated to direct his next film, "Argo," this fall, around the time Luhrmann intends on kicking off "Gatsby."

If Affleck sign on, he'll be joining a cast that includes Leonardo DiCaprio as Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire as Nick Carraway and Carey Mulligan as Daisy Buchanan. The film will shoot in Australia and be shot in 3D.

Affleck was last seen in the recession drama, "The Company Men," about a man who loses his job but finds something bigger.