Lily Collins has been cast as the young female lead opposite Matt Bomer in The Last Tycoon, Amazon’s drama pilot based on F. Scott Fitzgerald’s final unfinished novel. The project, written and directed by Billy Ray, has assembled a boldface-name core cast that also includes Kelsey Grammer and Rosemarie DeWitt.
The Last Tycoon, from Sony TV’s TriStar Television, was inspired by the life of film mogul Irving Thalberg, on whom the book’s protagonist Monroe Stahr was based. The project centers on Stahr (Bomer), Hollywood’s first wunderkind studio executive in the 1930s as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady (Grammer), a character based on Louis B. Mayer. Collins will play Brady’s young daughter Celia, a lost young rich girl in love with Monroe who begins taking her seriously after her intriguing movie pitch. Dewitt plays Pat Brady’s wife, Rose Brady.
In The Last Tycoon‘s 1976 big-screen adaptation directed by Elia Kazan and written by Harold Pinter, the role of Celia (as Cecilia Brady), was played by Theresa Russell in her film debut.
The Last Tycoon marks the first regular TV role for Collins who started her acting career with a recurring role on the CW’s 90210. The young actress went on to star in such movies as Mirror Mirror, Mortal Instruments and Warren Beatty’s upcoming untitled film.Ray and Chris Keyser executive produce and serve as showrunners on The Last Tycoon. Also exec producing are Josh Maurer, David Stern and Alix Witlin. Pulitzer-winning author and Fitzgerald scholar A. Scott Berg serves as consulting producer.