Evan Rachel Wood
- Kirsten Dunst, Interview With The Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles, 1994.
- Lauren German, The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, 2003. Seen about playing the teenage hitch-hiker committing suicide at the start of this unnecessary - indeed, “contemptible, vile, ugly and brutal,”saidChicago critic Roger Ebert - re-make of the 1974 chiller.
- Hilary Duff, Raise Your Voice, 2004. Everything changed - every thing!The director (James Hayman into Sean McNamara), the performing arts school kids (Wood and Jonathan Jackson into Duff and Oliver James), Mom Annie Potts into Rita Wilson,New York into LA and… right, it was first titled Christian Music Project.
- Kirsten Dunst, Elizabethtown, 2004. Ten years on and she lost again to Dunst - en enormous error by auteur Cameron Crowe.
- Camille Bell, When A Stranger Calls, 2005. ERW fled from Jill in the re-hash of the 1979 cult item (Halloween revisisted!).So, indeed, did Bell until director Simon West went into his less-horror-more-psychological-thriller speech. Why didn’t he use that on ERW. Because he preferred Bells’s “darker look.” In the Philippinnes, the film was called... Bell Ringer!
- Rachel Bilson, Jumper, 2007. One Rachel for another - when Bilson turned down the role of Millie.
- Emma Stone, Zombieland, 2008. The heroes were called Columbus and Tallhassee but ERW passed on being Wichita. Stone had first been cast as the less geographic 406 in the funny road movie full of zombies. But there was no getting around it, said critic Roger Ebert, “zombies are funny.”
- Ellen Page, Inception, 2009. She was UK director Christopher Nolan’s first choice, yet she turned him - and Ariadne - down. The surprised Nolan then considered Emily Blunt, Rachel McAdams, Carey Mulligan,Emma Roberts, Jessy Schram and Taylor Swift before settling on a fifth scar nominee for the thriller... within the architecture of the mind.
- Rooney Mara, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, 2010.
- Kristen Stewart, The Runaways, 2010. Considered for Joan Jett but...
- Jena Malone, Sucker Punch, 2010. Her True Blood series schedules (or the script?) stopped her being Rocket, mental asylum inmate, dancer and hooker… (It’s that kinda movie). Auteur Zack Synder’s “swords-and-corsets fantasy” (Washington Post) follows Emily Browning’s Baby Doll in three differing worlds , er, levels of consciousness. Yeah, that kinda movie.
- Joanna Vanderham, What Maisie Knew, 2011. Change of the Tribeca nanny (and indeed mistress) for Steve Coogan in a clever updating of Henry James’ novel highlighting the effects of divorce on children - written in 1897!
- Samantha Barks, Les Misérables, 2012. Many others were also called - Lucy Hale, Scarlett Johansson, Lea Michele, Hayden Panettiere, Taylor Swift and Emma Watson (also up for Cosette) - before producer Cameron Mackintosh went on the Manchester stage of her Oliver! gig to announceSamantha had won the roleof Eponine. “Most incredible moment of my life!!!!”
- Scarlett Johansson, Hitchcock, 2012. Hitchcock’s back in business! With two films headlined by UK actors (Anthony Hopkins, Toby Jones) in bad impressions and fat suits. This is the second one - Hopkins making Psycho . And telling Janet Leigh: “You can call me Hitch. Hold the cock.”
- Jessica Biel, Hitchcock, 2012. As Janet Leigh was just two years older than the dowdier Vera Miles, most actresses were up for either role: ERW, Diana Agron, Camilla Belle, Abby Cornish, Emilie de Ravin, Natalie Dormer, Sarah Gadon, Ashley Greene, January Jones, Kate Mara, Brit Marling, Gwyneth Paltrow, Chloe Sevigny, Mary Elizabeth Winstead.
- Emily Browning, Plush, 2012. ERW was set as Hayley, a married singer-songwriter involved with bisexual guitarist Zavier Samuel. Not sure anyone noticed the difference…
- Leighton Meester, Life Partners, 2013. Battle of the bulges… Kristen Bell was attached to Sasha when she proved pregnant. ERW took over and - preggers, as well!