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Mary Elizabeth Winstead

 

  1. Scarlett Johansson, We Bought A Zoo, 2010.    Mary Elizabeth (a distant cousin of Ava Gardner),  Amy Adams and  Rachel McAdams 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 casting  season...  The Great Gatsby, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, Gravity, Pride, Prejudice and Zombies.
  2. Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man, 2010.
  3. Cobie Smulders, The Avengers, 2011.     Morena Baccarin, Lindsay Lohan and Cloverfield’s Jessica Lucas were also seen for SHIELD Agent Hill Disney’s first summit meeting of the Marvel superheroes.   No matter, later that year, the ubiquitous MEW won The Thing prequel and married Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter.
  4. Amy Adams, Man of Steel, 2011.
  5. Rose Byrne, The Place Beyond The Pines, 2011.   Gerwig’s diary was suddenly packed. Winstead and Ginnifer Goodwin also auditioned the Ryan Gosling bank-robbery caper.
  6. 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 flopperoo... Also losing Julia were: Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace. Olivia Wilde).
  7. 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.” 
  8. Jessica Biel, Hitchcock, 2012.    As  Janet Leigh was just two years older than the dowdier Vera Miles, most actresses were up for either role:  Winstead, 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, Evan Rachel Wood.
  9. Zoe Kazan, The F Word, 2012.    Rose Byrne, Rebecca Hall and Deborah Ann Woll were also up for the Canadian friendship v romance movie inherited by Daniel Radcliffe from Casey Affleck.
  10. Emily VanCamp, Captain America:The Winter Soldier, 2013.   For Captain Steve Rogers’ sequel, announced one yearbefore the first film came out, Agent 13 was also aimed at: Alison Brie, Emilia Clarke, Jessica Brown Findlay, Felicity Jones, Anna Kendrick, Elizabeth Olsen, Teresa Palmer and Imogen Poots.
  11. Rose Byrne, 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 assorted wannabes.
  12. Evangeline Lilly, Ant-Man, 2014.      The micro-superhero had been rolling around Hollywood ever since New World’s 1988 plan was tossed because Disney was into Honey, I Shrunk The Kids. Well, nowDisney was Marvel and had  Lilly set for Hope van Dyne, daughter of the first Ant-Man (Michael Douglas, no less), and eventually due (as per the post-credits teaser) to be Wasp Woman. Having been picked by (the first director Edgar Wright, Lilly considered quitting when he was fired (for being Edgar Wright!).” Until meeting his successor Peyton Reed and examining the  new scenario. “Marvel had just pulled the script into their world…  and what Edgar was creating was much more in the Edgar Wright camp. Very different. If [Marvel] had created Edgar’s incredible vision - which would have been, like, classic comic book - it would have been such a riot to film [and] so much fun to watch. [But] it wouldn’t have fit in the Marvel Universe.”
  13. Gal Gadot, Justice League, 2017.      For ten years, Warner Bros exercised extreme cowardice, until Marvel showed them how to make superhero summits with Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy. In October 2007, Mad Max’s dad, George Miller, had found his Bat/Supermans, Wonder Woman, Flash, Aqua Man, Green Lantern, even the Martian Manhunter J’onn J’onzz, after auditioning about 40 youngsters in synch for a franchise… such as MEW for WW. Four months later, everything was “tabled.” Dumped! By 2010, Miller had gone and who could blame him. Besides, he wanted to go to the Max again. 

 

 

 





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