11 Famous movie characters that were almost played by other actresses
Would Titanic really be the same without Kate Winslet? Would anyone be able to portray Bella Swan's brooding nature as well as Kristen Stewart? And would the Bend and Snap be as good if it was done by someone other than Reese Witherspoon? I'm going to say a hard no, because these films would be completely different had a different actress played the part.
But it turns out that many of the most iconic movie roles were close to being played by someone else. Many of them are impossible to imagine at first, but if you really think about you, you can see that it might just work. Here are 11 of the wildest mix-ups.
1. Emilia Clarke – Anastasia Steele in Fifty Shades of Grey
Due to the fact that she's done quite a few nude scenes in Game of Thrones, the actress declined the part so she wouldn't get typecast as someone that's always playing raunchy characters.
2. Emma Watson – Cinderella in Cinderella
She turned down the role and later on went to play Belle in Beauty and the Beast instead, saying that this Disney princess resonated more with her.
3. Jennifer Lawrence – Bella Swan in Twilight
The star who broke into Hollywood with The Hunger Games auditioned for the part at age 17, and has since admitted she's glad she didn't get the role.
4. Emma Watson – Mia in La La Land
The actress was offered the part but turned it down to play in the Beauty and the Beast musical instead.
5. Lindsay Lohan – Regina George in Mean Girls
After people fell in love with the actress in Freaky Friday, producers decided she should play the lead rather than the villain.
6. Rachel McAdams – Andy Sachs in The Devil Wears Prada
She was offered the role in a point in her career where she wanted to do fewer mainstream blockbuster movies, so turned it down several times.
7. Christina Applegate – Elle Woods in Legally Blonde
"I got scared of kind of repeating myself," the actress said of why she turned down the role, suggesting Elle's character would be too similar to the one she played on Married... with Children.
8. Renée Zellweger – Jenna Rink in 13 Going on 30
The Bridget Jones actress was up for the part until there was a directorial change.
9. Billie Lourd – Rey in Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Carrie Fisher's daughter was up to play the part while they were struggling to find an actress to fill the role, but she went on to star as Lieutenant Connix instead.
10. Gwyneth Paltrow – Rose in Titanic
The iconic role was offered to Gwyneth, but she turned it down – a decision that still makes her feel just a little regretful.
11. Uma Thurman – Eowyn in Lord of the Rings
"I do consider it one of the worst decisions ever made," the Kill Bill actress said of turning down the role in the trilogy.
Well, do you think any of those films should've been recast?