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  1.  Kirstin Stewart, Twilight, 2008. “Yeah, one of my first auditions… really funny now thinking about it,” shetold Crave. “I was new on the scene, new at auditioning and it was always kinda ‘What’s going to happen?’ Every young actor or actress in Hollywood starts to read some of the same material but I’m a firm believer in that everything happens for a reason and everyone who gets the roles they get were meant to.”  Such as her start in TVs 90210 in 2009 and playing Snow White in Mirror Mirror. 2011. 
  2. Emma StoneThe Amazing Spider-Man,  2010.
  3. Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman, 2011.     Lily was determined to be Snow White. She auditioned for the two films suddenly rebooting the old fairy tale and won Mirror, Mirror (opposite Julia Roberts as the wicked queen)... after coming thisclose to winning this version with Charlize Theron as the queen. “I’ve been so excited for Kristen,” said Collins. “She’s perfect for her version.” Lily’s was first into cinemas.
  4. Eleanor Tomlinson, Jack The Giant Killer, 2012.   Rocker Phil Collins’ daughter (Eleanor from Alice in Wonderland) lost the kidnapped Princess Isabelle rescued by Nicholas Hoult’s Jack. Idem for Adelaide Kane and Juno Temple.
  5. Jane Levy, The Evil Dead, 2012.   She wisely changed her mind about the needless re-hash of Sam Raimi’s horror classic.  And so the  Suburgatory TV  star became Ash, the female version of Bruce Campbell’s  981 role,.
  6. Hailee Steinfeld, Romeo and Juliet, Italy-US, 2012.    Hollywood’s Snow White was director Carlo Carlei’s first choice for Juliet... until schedules also became star-crossed.   For their next gig, Lily beat Hailee to Rosaline.
  7. Elisabeth Olsen, Oldboy, 2012.   Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska also passed when Spike Lee took over from Steven Spielberg as helmer of the  re-tread of Park Chan-wook’s 2003 Korean study on vengeance.
  8. Emma Stone, The Gangster Squad,  2012.    The City v Public Enemy #1, circa ’49. Apart from Sean Penn’s uproarious make-up as Mickey Cohen (befitting his worst rôle), we’d seen it all before. Only better. Stone won (and wasted) his moll from Collins, Camilla Belle, Maggie Grace, Ashley Greene, Aly Michalka, Teresa Palmer, Emmy Rossum, Amanda Seyfried. .
  9. Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie, 2012.    Passed, again quite correctly  on the  second unnecessary re-hash in a decade. Idem for  Haley Bennett, Emily Browning, Dakota Fanning, Bella Heathcote, Shailene Woodley.
  10. Addison Timlin, Odd Thomas, 2012.      Collins was set for Stormy Lewellyn, feisty lover of the titular Anton Yelchin (his parents forgot to add T for Todd), when  she  split for Snow White in Mirror Mirror opposite Julia Roberts’ evil  queen.  That was going from Odd’s frying pan into the fire.  Before Timlin, a stage Annie, was signed, the replacement search included Kat Dennings, Portia Doubleday, and Julia’s niece Emma Roberts.

  11. Jessica Brown Findlay, Winter’s Tale, 2012.   Sarah Gadon, Bella Heathcote, Elizabeth Olsen and Gabriella Wilde also auditioned - and lost Beverly to, well, how can one beat Lady Sybil Branson of Downton Abbey?   
  12. Elizbeth Olsen, Oldboy, 2012.   During the chequered history of re-making Chan-Woo Park’s 2003 South Korean international breakthrough, Oldeuboi - as directors switched from the Fast and Furious ace Justin Lee to Steven Spielberg and, finally, Spike Lee - Collins passed on being the young social worker concerned with James Brolin’s titular kidnap victim. Rooney Mara and Mia Wasikowska also declined Marie.
  13. Jessica Brown Findlay, Winter’s Tale, 2013.  Also seen for  the Manhattan heiress heroine of   auteur Akiva Goldman reincarnation romance with a flying white horse! - were Sarah Gadon (from Amazing Spider-Man 2), Bella Dark Shadows’ Heathcote,  Elizabeth Olsen (finally free of the Silent House) and Carrie’s Gabrielle Wilde.  And the winner came from… Downton Abbey
  14. Lily James, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies, 2014. One British Lily for another - but hey! 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 Collins, Anne Hathaway, Scarlett Johansson, Mila Kunis, Blake Lively, Rooney Mara, Emma Stone and Mia Wasikowska were rung up Jane Austen flagpoles. But the winner was Downtonian  -  Lady Rose and, indeed,  the screen’s latest Cinderella!




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