Stars Who Missed Out On Roles
Angelina Jolie may have kicked herself after turning down a role in sci-fi hit Gravity. it went on to gross $700m worldwide and earn an Oscar nomination for Sandra Bullock. Natalie Portman & Scarlett Johansson also turned down the role.
13 Going On 30
Renee Zellwegger performed her career-defining role in Bridget Jones's Diary, but a couple of years later she was considered for Jennifer Garner's character, Jenna, in 13 Going on 30. Gwyneth Paltrow and Hilary Swank were apparently also in contention for the role.
Alicia Silverstone had credit cards aplenty as spoiled but lovable heiress Cher in the hit 1995 comedy Clueless but she wasn't first choice for the role. Sarah Michelle Gellar was offered the role first but turned it down.
Will Smith almost landed the role in Quentin Tarantino's epic western that eventually went to Jamie Foxx but lost the part because he insisted that his character be the focus of the film. But Quentin Tarantino doesn't change his movie plots for anyone!
It's hard to imagine anyone else in Jennifer Aniston's Friends role as the cute-and-ditzy Rachel Green but Ally McBeal star Jane Krakowski also auditioned for the role. "I wish I had gotten that one," said Jane in 2015. " I actually auditioned for Rachel and didn't go very far."
La La Land
Emma Stone won a Best Actress Oscar for La La Land but the role was originally offered to Emma Watson. However, Watson turned down the part in order to make her singing debut in Disney's live-action remake of Beauty and the Beast.
Reese Witherspoon was great as Elle Woods in 2001 hit Legally Blonde, but Christina Applegate was also offered the role but turned it down. "What a stupid move that was!" Christina recently told Entertainment Tonight.
Lord Of The Rings
Former 007 star Sean Connery was originally offered the role of Gandalf made famous by Ian McKellen. Connery was offered $6m per movie and a 15% take of the box office and still turned it down!
Mr & Mrs. Smith
This light-hearted spy romp was the movie that saw Brangelina get together but it may never have happened if No Doubt singer Gwen Stefani had landed the role. Stefani recently told radio show host Howard Stern that the audition process was "very competitive". She also spoke about her love of acting but said: “I wanted to do music more”.
Wolf Of Wall Street
Margot Robbie played the sultry Naomi, wife of Leonardo DiCaprio's excessive Wall Street banker in the Martin Scorsese hit movie Wolf Of Wall Street. But it could have been a different story if Olivia Wilde had landed the role. However, at 32 years of age, Olivia was told she was too old for the part!