- Eva Green, Casino Royale, 2006.
- Nikki Reed, Twilight, 2008. Hit novelist Stephenie Meyer cast the film version her way - and very well. Including The OC TV star, 2004-05 as Rosalie Hale.
Then, Hollywood got into the vampiric franchise... and went younger... to director Catherine Hardwicke’s discovery, who wrote their film, Thirteen, 2003, when she was 14.
- Sarah Lind, What Goes Up, 2008. Nine other actors were in (and out) during the much delayed and budget-slashed mess about a New York journo involved with the youth population of the small home of town of “the first teacher in space” Christa McAuliffe - when she dies in the 1986 Challenger Shuttle explosion..
- Emma Stone, Marmaduke, 2009. First voice choice for Mazie, the sexy collie in the doggy toon.
- Amy Adams, Man of Steel, 2011.
- Bérénice Mariohe, Skyfall, 2011.
- 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: Wilde, Jessica Alba, Abbie Cornish, Eva Green, Rebecca Hall, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Keira Knightley, Blake Lively, Rachel McAdams, Natalie Portman, Amanda Seyfried, Michelle Williams. And Mulligan... soon sobbing on a red carpet, after being handed a phone. “It was Baz: Hello Daisy!”
- Blake Lively, Savages, 2011. Up against Lively again... When Jennifer Lawrence split for the Hunger Games trilogy, Oliver Stone considered Wilde as the girl mixed up with two pot-growing brothers... and kidnapping by a Mexican drug cartel.
- Mila Kunis, 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. 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. Wilde wisely passed The Wicked Witch of the West to Kunis.
- Jennifer Lawrence, The Silver Linings Playbook, 2011. “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 did a 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.” JLaw won the Oscar for the film. Her rivals Elizabeth Banks, Kirsten Dunst, Rachel McAdams, Rooney Mara, Andrea Riseborough had been well and truly Skyped!
- 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, Anne Hathaway, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman. The initially cast Charlize Theron switched to Meredith Vickers, instead. Then, Ridley beat all Hollywood to signing The Girl of the Hour - akaLisbeth Salander, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, in Sweden’s Millennium trilogy.
- Malin Ackerman, Rock of Ages, 2011. Wilde was up for Constance Sack – like Gwyneth Paltrow - before Akerman nailed it.
- Ambyr Childers, The Master, 2011. To her own surprise, the lovely blonde daytime soap alumna of All My Children (she was Colby Chandler for 139 episodes, 2006-2008) beat off such stellar opposition as Olivia, Jennifer Lawrence, Amanda Seyfried and Emma Stone to become Elizabeth in director Paul Thomas Anderson’s first outing since his 2007 double-Oscar-winning There Will Be Blood. (Olivia and her usual rival Amanda Seyfried made two films together, Alpha Dog, 2005,and In Time, 2011).
- Kelly Reilly, Flight, 2011. Wilde and the Irish Dominique McElligott were also in the running for Nicole in director Robert Zemeckis’ return to live-action movies after a dozen years in motion capture country. (Wilde, the Washington raised New Yorker, had ten other movies released in 2012, the year she left House, MD, 2007-2012).
- Scarlett Johansson, Under The Skin, 2012. Many of the same faces from the late 2010 casting season - Gemma Arterton, Jessica Biel, Abbie Cornish, Megan Fox, Eva Green, January Jones, Blake Lively - were up for for the voracious alien hanging around Glasgow… originally the wife of an alien Brad Pitt, but he couldn’t wait for director Jonathan Glazer to get started on his “chilling masterpice” (The Guardian).
- 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 - Wilde, Abbie Cornish, Marion Cotillard, Rebecca Hall, Scarlett Johannsson, Salma Hayek, Blake Lively, Sienna Miller, Carey Mulligan, Natalie Portman, Rachel Weisz, Naomi Watts... Because the female astronaut is alone on-screen for most of the movie. (Sorry about that, George Clooney).
- Olga Kurylenko, Oblivion, 2012. For once, Disney realised it knew diddly-squat about science fiction and let director Joseph Kosinski and his (expensive) scenario go. Well, he made made their Tron: Legacy flop. After losing six top films, Wilde won Living Through Chemistry, 2012, opposite Sam Rockwell and Jane Fonda.
- Emma Stone, The Gangster Squad, 2012. Among the many damsels aiming to be Grace Faraday in the 40s/50s LAPD v Mafia drama: Camilla Belle, Lily Collins, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Aly Michalka, Teresa Palmer, Emily Rossum.
- Rooney Mara, Side Effects, 2012. “My last film,” said Steven Soderbergh. Hardly surprising when he could’t select his own leading lady. His producers refused Blake - like Lindsay Lohan before her. He searched on through Wilde, Emily Blunt, Alice Eve, Imogen Poots, Amanda Seyfried and Michelle Williams before the suits agreed on Rooney.. Wild and Mara co-starred in Spike Jonze’s Her that year Wilde and Mara co-starred in Spike Jonze’s Her that year.
- Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace, 2012. Beat Kate Hudson to the role and if not for opvercrowded agenda, Olivia would have been Ms Deep Throat in the biopic needing two directors: Rob Epstein and Jeffrey Friedman.
- Lindsay Lohan, Liz & Dick, TV, 2012. Olivia was a good choice and in early talks about playing Elizabeth Taylor’s turbulent love life with her (twice) husband, Richard Burton. So was Megan Fox. The Lifetime production went a cheaper route with the media’s favourite headline - “more memorable in the tabloids than she ever was as an actress,” said Tim Goodman in Hollywood Reporter. “Woeful as Taylor from start to finish. But, whatever you do, don’t miss Liz & Dick. It’s an instant classic of unintentional hilarity.” (Natalie Portman had been named for Liz in a never made Martin Scorsese version of the book, Furious Love).
- Isla Fisher, Now You See Me, 2012. And now you don’t… Change of Henley for French realisateur Louis Leterrier (The Incredible Hulk, Clash of the Titans) as the FBI and Interpol try to snare some - here’s a first - illusionist bank robbers!
- Zoe Saldana, Guardians of the Galaxy, 2013. The most Lucasian of the Marvel films… Gina Carano, Rachel Nichols and the ex-Wonder Woman Adrienne Palicki also passed on the green woman… ? No, said Wilde, she’d had enough of fantasy…“People thought I could only play the badass, so I’d always get those roles. It just doesn’t feel very human… I got cast as a computer program in Tron: Legacy and an alien in Cowboys and Aliens. I was, like: There‘s something wrong here.“ Mumblecoremeister Joe Swanberg’s wholly improvised Drinking Buddies broke her through in 2013. "It only took me 12 years!"
- Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl, 2013. Emily Blunt, Abbie Cornish, Julianne Hough, Rooney Mara, Natalie Portman, Charlize Theron, Reese Witherspoon were also discussed for Amy, who goes missing on her wedding anniversary. But a great Briton won…
- Jennifer Aniston, Squirrels to the Nuts, 2013. Change of hooker-turned-actress having a Broadway producer falling for her in Peter Bogdanovich’s first feature since The Cat's Meow, some 13 years before.
- Brit Marling, The Keeping Room, 2014. Schedules clashed and Mariling took over from Wilde as Augusta, one of three women defending home, hearth and maidenheads from maraudng soldiers during the US Civil War.
- Brie Larson, Free Fire, 2015. Wilde was Justine, then she passed to Larson for the gangland shootout at the Boston warehouse, circa 1978.