Another Round of Actors Who Almost Got the Big Role
Can you imagine Borat leading the iconic rock group Queen? How about the King of Pop brought back to life to avenge the murder of he and his girlfriend?
Its been a bit since we looked at actors who missed out on major roles, and that just means more movies have been released and more actors missed out on career defining roles. We're looking at a recent video game adaptation, two musical biopics, and one of the most iconic movies of the 1990s.
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While the Queen biopic was in its early stages, Sacha Baron Cohen was tapped for the lead role of Freddie Mercury. However, he didn't see eye-to-eye with Queen members Brian May and Roger Taylor, who own the music and film rights for the band. Cohen felt that the movie should entirely focus on the life of Mercury and not on the band. Rami Malek ultimately took the part, delivering an Oscar-winning performance.
- At one point, the movie adaptation of the comic book 'The Crow' was possibly going to be a musical, with Michael Jackson the favorite for the role of Eric Draven.
- When the project took shape as we know it today, both Christian Slater and the late River Phoenix were offered the role of Draven, but declined.
- 'The Crow' creator James O'Barr wanted Johnny Depp for the lead role, and was disappointed with the studio's decision to cast Brandon Lee. O'Barr changed his mind after meeting Lee on set.
- During the planning stages of the movie, Chris Evans was considered to appear, reprising his role of The Human Torch from the 'Fantastic Four' movies.
- Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Ruby Rose, Lizzy Caplan, Kerry Washington, Sienna Miller, Mackenzie Davis, Kelly Rohrbach, Eve Hewson, Sofia Boutella, Stephanie Sigman, Sylvia Hoeks and Janelle Monáe all screen tested for the role of Domino.
- Michael Shannon was seriously considered for the role of Cable, but had to drop out of the running due to scheduling issues.
- Jason Issacs was originally cast in the role of Winston, the manager of the Continental, before being replaced by Ian McShane.
- Rutger Hauer, Liam Neeson, Al Pacino, Michael Douglas, Bruce Dern, Robert De Niro, Christopher Walken, & Christoph Waltz were also in the running for the role of Winston.
- Before Keanu Reeves was brought on for the title character, Johnny Depp, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, Jean-Claude Van Damme, Bruce Willis, Kurt Russell, Nicolas Cage, Kevin Costner, & Jason Statham were all considered for the role, specifically when Wick was envisioned as being nearly a senior citizen.
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- 'Kick Ass' star Aaron Taylor-Johnson turned down the part of Eggsy.
- Emma Watson was a top contender for the role of Roxy.
- Double amputee snowboarder Amy Purdy was cast as Gazelle, but had to drop out when the project was delayed so she wouldn't miss the Olympics.
- Idris Elba, Leonardo DiCaprio, & Tom Cruise were all up for the role of Valentine before it went to Samuel L Jackson.
- The film was originally meant to star Sarah Michelle Gellar in the role of Alice.
- Jennifer Love Hewitt, Kirsten Dunst, and Natasha Henstridge were all considered for the role of Jill Valentine in the early stages with the movie was going to be more in line with the video games. However, all three actresses were uncomfortable with the amount of violence and nudity in the original script.
- 'Venom' star Tom Hardy was originally cast as Elton John, but left the project when it went into development hell for three years.
- In the early stages of production, Elton John had wanted Justin Timberlake to star. Timberlake appeared as Elton John in the video for 'This Train Don't Stop There Anymore' and on 'Saturday Night Live'.
- Daniel Radcliffe and James McAvoy were also in contention for the lead role.
Daisy Ridley, Emilia Clarke, Saorise Ronan, and Cara Delevingne were front-runners for the role of Lara Croft, with Ridley reportedly turning the role down due to her commitments to the Star Wars franchise.