Anne Hathaway ( -?)
- Mandy Moore, Saved! 2003. As funding fell away, Anne had to leave for her next movie: Ella Enchanted. She was replaced by Mandy, whose 2005 Havoc role went Hathaway.
- Emmy Rossum, The Phantom of the Opera, 2003. Director Joel Schumacher chose Anne, actress and soprano, to be Christine Daaé but her Disney contract meant she had to make her breakthrough’s sequel, The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement. Charlotte Church, Katie Holmes, Keira Knightley and Kate Winslet were also on the list for tyo replace her. Eight years later, Anne finally won another Broadway musical adaptation: Les Misérables... and the best support actress Oscar!
- Clare Danes, Stardust, 2006. Jessica Alba, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johansson also rejected Yvaine in Neil Gaiman’s fantasy kingdom of Stormhold - inhabited by Robert De Niro, Sienna Miller, Michelle Pfeiffer. Also passing: Jessica Alba, Sarah Michelle Gellar and Scarlett Johnson.
- Katherine Heigl, Knocked Up, 2006.
- Jayne Wisener, Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, 2006. Almost selected as Johanna except director Tim Burton preferred a complete unknown. Three years later, he went Hathaway for his White Queen in Alice In Wonderland.
- Isla Fisher, Confessions of a Shopaholic, 2008. For once, the prerequisite outsider won as Disney chose an unknown (cheaper, sure, but hilarious) after seeing everyone from the Jessicas (Alba and Biel) to Hathaway and Lindsay Lohan (!) and Reese Witherspoon.
- Nicole Kidman, Nine, 2009.
- Kate Hudson, Nine, 2009.
- Mia Wasikowska, Alice In Wonderland, 2009. Long before Tim Burton returnedto Disney (he’d quit as an animator in the 80s), Hathaway was part of the Disney deal. She later decided it was too similar to her other roles (oh really!). Burton brought her back as the White Queen based, or so he said, on scrumptious UK TV cook Nigella Lawson .“There’s this glint in her eye and when you see it you go: Oh, whoa, she’s like really... nuts! I mean in a good way. Well, maybe...”
- Jessica Alba, The Killer Inside Me, 2010. As directors changed from Andrew Dominik and Marc Rocco to Michael Winterbottom, so did the favourites to play the much beaten hooker Joyce Lakeland. From Anne to Emily Blunt, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and, finally,Jessica.
- Isla Fisher, Confessions of a Shopaholic, 2009. For once, the prerequisite outsider won as Disney chose an unknown (cheaper, sure, but hilarious) after seeing everyone from the Jessicas (Alba and Biel) to Lindsay Lohan (!) and Reese Witherspoon.
- Taylor Schilling, Atlas Shrugged: Part 1, 2010.
Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2010.
- Malin Akerman, Rock of Ages, 2011. Anne got close to being the uptight journalist er, dueting with Tom Cruise’s decadent rock star. So did Amy Adams.They were both too busy - Amy as Superman’s Lois Lane and Anne as Batman’s Catwoman.
- Carey Mulligan, The Great Gatsby, 2011. Australian director Baz Luhrmann’s hunt for Daisy in the third Gatsby movie matched all the season’s other major auditions. As if the only actresses left on planet earth were: Hathaway, Jessica Alba, Abbie Cornish, Eva Green, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively, Rachel McAdams, Natalie Portman, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde, Michelle Williams. And Mulligan... soon sobbing on a red carpet, after being handed a phone. “It was Baz: Hello Daisy!”
- Eva Green, Dark Shadows, 2011. The fast rising Jennifer Lawrence and fast imploding Lindsay Lohan also auditioned for Angelique, which Green called a mix of Bette Davis and Janis Joplin. That’s some cocktail!
- Noomi Rapace, Prometheus, 2011. Among the season’s usual testees chasing Ridley Scott’s (is it?/it isn’t/oh yes, it is) Alien prequel - Gemma Arterton, Abbie Cornish, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde. The initially cast Charlize Theron switched to Meredith Vickers, instead.
- Amy Adams, Man of Steel, 2011.
- Amy Adams, The Muppets, 2011. Amy won the battle for Mary, to partner Jason Segel as the Judy ’n’ Mickey of the fight to raise $10m to save the famous Muppet Theatre from the oil-hungry mitts of a dastardly villain called, of course, Richman.
- Jennifer Lawrence, The Silver Linings Playbook, 2012. “If you really want to go back and do an archeological dig,” laughed director David O Russell, “I wrote it for Vince Vaughn. And Zooey Deschanel.” Then, Jennifer dida reading on Skype with “an enormous amount of confidence that was beyond her years…toughness and a sweetness and charisma… I hadn’t seen anything like that.” Sorivals Hathaway, Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Andrea Riseborough, Olivia Wilde were well and truly Skyped! JLaw won an Oscar in 2013for the film - likewise Hathaway for Les Miserables support.(She had co-hosted the Oscars the previous year.) (Badly).
- 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, Hathaway, Amy Adams, Elizabeth Banks, Kate Beckinsale, Helena Bonham Carter, Salma Hayek, Elizabeth Hurley, Scarlett Johansson, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose McGowan, Sofia Vergara, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams.
- Keira Knightley, Laggies, 2013. For Annika in her sixth feature, director (and actress) Lynn Shelton also saw Rebecca Hall. She quit for the wrong reason: Transcendence, Johnny Depp’s fifth successive flop in three years.
- Lily James, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 2014. Natalie Portman was set for the revisionist Elizabeth Bennet until delays clashed with her schedule. Portman remained on board as one of seven producers while Hathaway, Lily Collins, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and Mia Wasikowska were rung up Jane Austen flagpoles. But the winner was Downton Abbey’s Lady Rose and the screen’s latest Cinderella!
- Eva Green, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, 2014. Hathaway, Helena Bonham Carter, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose McGowan, Rachel Weisz, Michelle Williams were all up for the dame in question. Ava.