Amy Adams


  1. Katie Holmes, Batman Begins, 2004.
  2. Queen Latifah, Ice Age: The Meltdown, 2004.   The totally opposite Amy and Oprah Winfrey were sdern about voicing Ellie. But Queen Latifa ruled! Several characters missed Blue Sky’s final cut, including: Robert Duvall”s Alec The Vulture, Jamie Foxx’s Jonathan the Woolly Mammoth., Heath Ledger’s Chuck the Smilodon, even Woody Allen’s Thomas the Opossums.
  3. Kate Bosworth, Superman Returns, 2005.
  4. Isla Fisher, Wedding Daze, 2006.     Amy and Isla are pals on(and off) the audition circuit.  For example, Amy won Catch Me If You Can, 2002, but not this film with two other titles: The Pleasure of Your Company and The Next Girl I See.
  5. Zooey Deschanel, The Happening, 2007.     What’s happening?  Amy’s brain far more so than Mark Wahlberg’s who actually made the horror flop from the LA’s Indian director M Night Shyamalan.  Once hot, (The Sixth Sense,  1998), M’s batteries were now dead.
  6. Anne Griffin, The Tourists, 2009.    …and Amy and Zooey both lost the oddly titled  tale of a just married couple locked in an elevator taking them to the  bridal suite. “I’ve been on so many auditions, I started treating it as my acting class. I would just pretend I was shooting the scene because I figured I had to learn from it. But the problem was, then I thought I could experiment…  I’d go in and wear costumes, take props. I think sometimes they just thought I was mad.”
  7. Greta Gerwig, Greenberg, 2009.   Director Noel Baumbach first announced Amy and Mark Ruffalo as the New Yorker housesitters of his brother’s LA home.  Somehow they churned into first, Maggie Gyllenhaal, then Gerwig and Ben Stiller. And so,  Baumbach succeeded Joe Swanberg as Gerwig’s director and mentor – and we nevcr heard of Joe again in her interviews.
  8. Nicole Kidman, Nine, 2009.
  9. Scarlett Johansson, We Bought A Zoo, 2010.    Rachel McAdams and Mary Elizabeth Winstead were also in the Cameron Crowe mix for the wife of Matt Damon… running a UK zoo. Then, Scarlett won a top role – finally! – after losing out in a hectic castingseason… The Great Gatsby, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gravity,Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
  10. Michelle Williams, My Week with Marilyn, 2010.   Obviously the toughest casting of this memoir about the making of The Prince and the Showgirl in London, 1956, was not Laurence Olivier (like Kenneth Branagh, who else?) but the mythical Marilyn. Candidates included Amy Adams, British Laura Haddock, Tennesse’s Elaine Hendrix, Kate Hudson and Scartlett Johansson. The superb Williams won an Oscar nomination  for playing a star who was never nominated – but they both won Golden Globes.

  11. Andrea Riseborough, W.E., 2010.  First Marilyn,  now Wallis Simpson…!  A director called Madonna saw Amy and Vera Farmiga for Wallis in the director called Madonna’s investigation into why King Edward VIII gave up the British throne to wed “the woman I love,”  US double-divorcee Wallis Simpson.  In the troubled shoot, Madonna also lost two of her chosen casi, her producer and her casting director! All suffering, you know… creative differences. The movie was often hilarious. Unintentionally, it is supposed..

  12. Naomi Watts,  J Edgar, 2010.   When Charlize Theron quit to go sorceress in  Snow White and the Huntsman,   Amy was  considered for  Helen Gandy – J Edgar  Hoover’s  secretary for 54 years,  major influence on his FBI and  keeper of his secrets.   Then, the director, a certain Clint Eastwood, selected Watts.  Clint called Amy back to be his daughter opposite his final acting role in Trouble with the Curve, 2013.

  13. Elizabeth Banks, Welcome to People, 2011.    Old rtivals Adams and Banks were at a Hollywood Reporter roundtable when they realised they had both fought for the same role – and lost it. Hilary Swank was turned down by LA auteur Alex Kurtzman – but Amy turned him down. To stay home with her baby daughter.
  14. Malin Akerman, Rock of Ages, 2011.  Two possibles for Constance were tied to the new superhero movie biz. Adams was Man of Steel’s Lois Lane  and Anne Hathaway was Selina opposite Batman in The Dark Knight Rises. And where else did Akerman come from but…Watchmen, 2008.  Who noticed? All eyes were on Tom Cruise’s staggering rock star Stacee Jaxx – aka  Jim Morrison meets Axel Rose. Alec Baldwin called it a horrible movie.  “I only did it to work with Tom.” Well, the audition worked – they stayed together for Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation, 2014.
  15. Elizabeth Banks, Man on a Ledge, 2011.   Old Rivals – Part II. Amy was seen  Leth but Banks won the talk-‘em-down  cop in the first guy-on-a-ledge story in years. Village Voice critic Brian Miller jumped on the jumper… played by “a brand of Australian wall paint known as Sam Worthington”  and Asger Leth was a director-for-hire. But all directors are for hire!  
  16. Rachel Weisz, Oz: The Great and Powerful, 2011.   Among the many hoping to be the witch Evanora in the Wizard of Oz prequel.  Disney, however, had eyes for Rachel, only.
  17. Elizabeth Banks, People Like Us, 2011.  Old Rivals – Part III.  Amy was set for the sister that Chris Pine never knew he had  – but then Amy decided to spend time with her family.
  18. Jessica Chastain, Lawless, 2011.   Amy and Scarlett Johansson were up for  the all-purpose moll for one of the three moonshining Bondurant brothers in Franklin County, Virginia, during Prohibition – the ex-dancer (and probably much more) became Tom Hardy’s waitress, bookkeeper, business manager and lover. Amy went all political – wanting more time with her family. 
  19. Mireille Enos, The Gangster Squad, 2011.  Amy (and Kate Winslet) were high in the frame for Connie O’Mara – until Mireille hit TV with The Killing, the US version ofthe Danish tele-triumph, Forbrydelsen.
  20. Anne Hathaway, Les Misérables, 2012. On the short-list for Fantine. So were Jessica Biel (also up for Eponine), Emily Blunt, the genuinely French Marion Cotillard, Rebecca Hall, Kate Winslet – until Hathaway’s audition had everyone in tears…

  21. Nicole Kidman, Grace of Monaco, 2012.  Also in the mix to play Grace Kelly were: Elizabeth Banks, Emily Blunt, Jessica Chastain, Kate Hudson, January Jones, Gwyneth Paltrow, Rosamund Pike, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon. But not Christina Applegate, the young Grace on TV in 1983; when Cheryl Ladd was the older. None of them resembled Her Serene Highness but then nor did Tim Roth look like Prince Rainier.
  22. Rachel Weisz, Oz the Great and Powerful, 2012.    Disneyland is no Oz. Yet having lost a bundle on the depressing Return To Oz, 1984, the Mouse House primed the pump anew for this dangerously titled flop. Also up for Evanora: Kate Beckinsale, Rebecca Hall, Keira Knightley, Kristen Stewart. Director Sam Raimi’s favourites became Hilary Swank and Michelle Williams. Then, Weisz arrived out of the blue… and blew everyone away. And Williams became  an excellent Annie/Glinda.
  23. Eva Green, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, 2013.     Ava Lord in Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez’ Sin City sequel was written for Angelina Jolie with 14 back-ups: Green, Adams, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Helena Bonham Carter Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Elizabeth Hurley, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose McGowan, Sofia Vergara, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams.
  24. Rachel McAdams, A Most Wanted Man, 2013.  Rachel McAdams, A Most Wanted Man, 2013.   Dutch director Anton Corbijn aimed high for his Annabel Richter from John le Carré’s21st novel – Adams, Jessica Chastain, Carey Mulligan – and finished sadly, badly with a below par McAdams.Among the film’s seven producers are two of  Le Carré’s sons, Simon and Stephen Cornwell.
  25. Charlize Theron, Dark Places, 2013.   Originally cast as Libby Day  – the survivor of her family’s massacre – Amy was not free when  the project finally won the git-go.
  26. Connie Britton, This Is Where I Leave You, 2013.   Like directors, the actresses kept changing. Only Kathryn Hahn survived the shuffling… to discover if  there’s anything worse than your father dying, it’s going home for the funeral  – a whole week with  an over-sharing mother, siblings, spouses, exes and wannabes.
  27. Katherine Waterston,  Inherent Vice, 2014.   In the mix with Charlie Theron A for Shasta Fay Hepworth before  auteur Paul Thomas Anderson selected Sam Waterston’s delicious daughter for the first film  of a Thomas Pynchon novel.
  28. Charlize Theron, Dark Places, 2015 . “The truly frightening flaw in humanity is our capacity for cruelty – we all have it.” As the project was “in development,” Amy was penciled in as lead Libby Day, revisiting the scene of her family’s murder. When shooting began, she was booked elsewhere and Charlie became Libby. Amy then went on to make th TV mini-series,. Sharp Objects, by the same novelist –Gone Girl’s Gillian Flynn.








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