- Gina Bellman, King David, 1985. Rachel won the roleof David’s daughter at age 14 and it was refused by her Jewish intellectual father. He wuz right.This was no film for Jewish intelligentsia! (At one point, Davidis called... Dave). She hit back by planning to change her name. "I toyed with changing it to Vice, but it sounded like aporn star. Then, Vyce, which my agent said looked like afucking numberplate."
- Minnie Driver, Good Will Hunting, 1997. She was among five Britishnearly-Skylars: Gabrielle Anwar, Helena Bonham Carter, Julia Ormond, When the writer-stars Ben Affleck and Matt Damon, Oscars in hand, thanked Minnie Driver, the simultaneous translation on French TV said they thanked... beaucoup de chauffeurs! (Many drivers…)
- Renée Zellweger, Bridget Jones’ Diary, 2001. Too pretty! She had no ”huge artistic-feminist struggle with that. You work with what God gave you. And if someone says ‘You’re pretty,’ you say: Thanks very much.”
- Renee Zellweger, Cold Mountain, 2002. Up for Ruby Thewes. For awhile. Which leaves me space to add that Rachel has Hungarian and Italian blood. And it shows. Beautifully..
- Rachel McAdams, Red Eye, 2004. Horrorsmith Wes Craven also saw Neve Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Claire Danes, Amanda Peet, Robin Wright - and made the right choice. Chicago critic Roger Ebert praised McAdams. Highly. “When she’s stalking a terrorist with a hockey stick, she seems like a real woman stalking a real terrorist with a real hockey stick. It’s not as easy as it sounds.”
- Radha Mitchell, Mozart and the Whale, 2004. Dunno who quit first - Rachel or Steven Spielberg. But they wuz right. Autism is an almost impossible subject for cinema. Mitchell, Josh Hartnett and Norwegian director Peter Næss didn’t realise this. Rachel and Spielberg obviously did.
- Emily Watson, Wah-Wah, 2005. Rachel, Emanuelle Béart , Toni Collette and Meg Ryan all passed on actor Richard E Grant’s writer-directing debut.
- Julia Stiles, The Omen, 2006. Damien’s mother was not, the most appropriate role to offer a pregnant actress... The anti-Christ’s nanny, Mia Farrow (!), suggested Julia.
- Rosario Dawson, Clerks II, 2006. New Jersey auteur - and king - Kevin Smith saw all his fantasies for Becky - except one.Despite all his LA contacts, he just could not contact Rachel.
- Maria Bello, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, 2007. Director Rob Cohen said rachelhad no wish to play the mother of a 21 year-old son. More like (a) she didn’t fancy another mindlessMummy reprise after having won a support actress Oscar for The Constant Gardener, 2005; (b) not interested in long locations in China; and (c) wanted more time with her own son - aged a mere five months.
- Sarah Jessica Parker, Smart People, 2007. Sex and The Widowed Professor… Dennis Quaid falling for one of his students turned doctor. The film came and went without many noticing.
- Elizabeth Banks, Definitely, Maybe, 2007. All set for Emily, Rachel became played Summer Hartley - one of the three women in Ryan Reynolds life in what is basically the thing as TV’s How I Met Your Mother. Rolling Stone’s, Peter Travers got it right: crap with compensations.
- Cate Blanchett,The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, 2008. Brad Pitt’s Button is entranced by Daisy and has to wait to grow down for her in the F Scott Fitzgerald take onby Mark Twain’s comment: “Life would be infinitely happier if only we could bebornat the age of 80 and gradually approach 18.”
- Cate Blanchett, Robin Hood, 2009. As directors changed from Sam Raimi to Bryan Singer to Jon Turtletaub, there was a moment whenthe Nottingham reboot had Rachel as Maid Marian.However, Sir Ridley Scott selected Cate- well, her Robin was Russell Crowe. Sherwood with a strine.
- Julia Ormond, My Week With Marilyn, 2010. When asked to play VivienLeigh (in the movie about the making of The Prince and the Showgirl with Monroe and Laurence Olivier in London, 1956), Rachel pleaded exhaustion after three filmsback-to-back. Ironically, one was a re-working of Leigh’s 1954 role in The Deep Blue Sea.
- Rosemarie DeWitt, Your Sister’s Sister, 2010. Weisz was about to try mumblecoere as Emily Blunt’s sibling in an all improv 12-day shoot about a guy stck between two attractive sisters… when changes in her Deep Blue Sea schedule got in the way.
- Marion Cotillard, The Dark Knight Rises, 2011.
- Bérénice Mariohe, Skyfall, 2011.
- Rosemarie De Witt, Your Sister’s Sister, 2011. OK, sure. In October 2010, Rachel was keen on actress-director Lynn Shelton’s rom-com triangle (two sisters, one guy). And a 12-day shoot was perfect because she had to nip off to make The Deep Blue Sea in November. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Lynn’s movie was postponed and De Witt took over… wait for it… the vegan lesbian sister.
- Nicole Kidman, The Railway Man, 2012. The titular Colin Firth asked Kidman to take over when Weisz was hung up on re-shoots for her previous two films: The Bourne Legacy and Oz the Great and Powerful. He needn’t have bothered.
- Sandra Bullock, Gravity, 2012. Once Angelina Jolie passed (twice), they all wanted the 3D sf special written by Mexican director Alfonso Cuaron and his son, Jonas - Abbie Cornish, Marion Cotillard, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johannsson, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Sienna Miller, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Olivia Wilde... Because the female astronaut is alone on-screen for most of the movie. (Sorry about that, George Clooney). Oh and plus Weisz - when her new husband, Daniel Craig, was up for the Clooney spacesuit.
- Jessica Biel,Emanuel And The Truth About Fishes, 2012. Rachel and Rooney Mara, once set in stone, became Kaya Scodelario and Biel.
- Eva Green, Sin City: A Dame To Kill For, 2014. Weisz, Helena Bonham Carter, Anne Hathaway, Salma Hayek, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, Jennifer Lawrence, Rose McGowan, Michelle Williams were all up for the dame in question. Ava.
- Julianne Moore, Maps to the Stars, 2013. Weisz and Viggo Mortensen and Rachel Weisz became Moore and John Cusack during the first time in a near 50-year career that Canadian director David Cronenberg actually shot on location in LA. (Well, those maps are of movie stars’ homes). A good move for Moore, voted Best Actress at the 2014 Cannes festival.