16 Roles That Could Have Been Played by Different Actors, but Fate Decided Otherwise

According to statistics, actors have to attend around 150 to 200 auditions before they get a role. Moreover, global fame and success is no guarantee that you’ll get to play the character you like. Today’s compilation is proof of that. Completing a project is already challenging for the directors and the showrunners, and the actors’ busy schedules and creative differences don’t make the main task any easier. It can be difficult to find someone who’s a perfect match for the character. After all, with a different actor, you might end up with a very different film.

1. Rocketman: Justin Timberlake was almost Elton John instead of Taron Egerton

2. Moulin Rouge!: Kate Hudson was almost Satine instead of Nicole Kidman

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3. Miss Congeniality: Hugh Jackman was almost Eric Matthews instead of Benjamin Bratt

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4. Don’t Worry Darling: Shia LaBeouf was almost Jack Chambers instead of Harry Styles

5. The Hunger Games: Zoey Deutch was almost Katniss instead of Jennifer Lawrence

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6. Lord of the Rings: James Corden was almost Samwise instead of Sean Astin

7. The Notebook: Jessica Biel was almost Allie instead of Rachel McAdams

8. Love Actually: Joe Alwyn was almost Sam instead of Thomas Brodie-Sangster

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9. The Hangover: Lindsay Lohan was almost Jade instead of Heather Graham

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10. Princess Diaries: Christy Carlson Romano was almost Mia Thermopolis instead of Anne Hathaway

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11. The Amazing Spider-Man: Joe Jonas was almost Peter Parker instead of Andrew Garfield

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12. Les Misérables: Taylor Swift was almost Éponine instead of Samantha Barks

13. Blonde: Jessica Chastain was almost Marilyn Monroe instead of Ana de Armas

14. Superman Returns: Brendan Fraser was almost Superman instead of Brandon Routh

15. The Matrix Reloaded: Salma Hayek was almost Captain Niobe instead of Jada Pinkett Smith

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16. Bridget Jones’s Diary: Helena Bonham Carter was almost Bridget Jones instead of Renée Zellweger

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