15 Major Movie Roles That Were Almost Played By Someone Else

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Have you ever looked at a movie character and felt nobody could’ve been better than them for that particular role? Well, it turns out they’re not always the first pick of the studios. Check out these 15 movie characters that were almost played by someone else.



1. Zachary Levi of Shazam fame was initially considered for the role of Peter Quill in Guardians of the Galaxy. Although Levi missed by an inch, James Gunn was impressed enough to recommend him for the main role in Shazam.


2. Before Tobey Maguire donned the mantle of Spider-Man, the studios offered the role to Leonardo DiCaprio who turned it down. When the filmmakers contacted him, Leo quoted that he didn’t feel ready enough to put on that suit yet.

3. Billy Idol was the studio’s first choice to play T-1000 in Terminator 2. The sketches of The T-1000 that James Cameron made even had a resemblance to Billy Idol. James couldn’t do the movie as he broke his leg in a motorcycle accident before filming started.

4. Lana Condor of To All the Boys I’ve Loved before fame was being considered to play Rose Tico. Lana and John Boyega did a read together for the filmmakers to see their chemistry but it didn’t work out.


5. Cameron Diaz was very close to playing Sonya Blade in Mortal Kombat. She even started her martial arts training for the film but an accident before filming was about to start, broke Cameron’s wrist and lost her the role.

6. Ryan Gosling once auditioned for a role in Gilmore Girls. Although it was a minor “football role,” his audition didn’t work out well for him.

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7. Amanda Seyfried turned down the role of Gamora in Guardians of the Galaxy because she felt that nobody would want to watch a movie about a talking tree and racoon.

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8. Scarlett Johansson lost the role of Salander in The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo because she was too sexy for it according to David Fincher

9. Michael Jackson was very keen to play Jar Jar Binks in Star Wars. However, since he refused to use CGI and insisted on using prosthetics and makeup, director George Lucas refused to take him in.

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10. Tupac Shakur was going to play Mace Windu. According to Death Row Records engineer Rick Clifford, Tupac quoted that he was going to read for a new George Lucas movie.

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11. Eddie Murphy was the studio’s first pick to play Winston in Ghostbusters.

12. Bruce Willis’ character in What Just Happened was designed for (and based on) Alec Baldwin.


13. Mission: Impossible filmmakers wanted Peter Graves to play the villain in the first installment of the franchise. Although Graves was on board at first, he changed his mind when learned he was going to be a bad guy.

14. The character of Kincade in Skyfall was written for Sean Connery

15. Instead of Micahel Keaton, George Clooney was supposed to play the lead character in Jack Frost. The snowman puppet was even designed to look like Clooney.

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