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  1. Lily James, Cinderella, 2013.       Disney’s ideal was Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson. But she fled allowing director Kenneth Branagh to look at, Gabrielle Wilde, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Lily (the inevitable  contender from Downton Abbe)y and to actually  test Robbie, Bella Heathcoate, Imogen Poots for Disney’s live-action Cinders - Lily’s fourth feature in two years.
  2. Elizabeth Olsen, Godzilla, 2013.     The Monroe-esque Robbie, Emilia Clarke, Hilary Duff, Jennifer Lawrence, Aly Michalka, Imogen Poots and Emmy Rossum were up for the (somewhat improved) second Hollywood reboot set for releases in the creature’s 60th birthday year of 2014. Olsen played the wife of hero Aaron Taylor-Johnson, her brother in The Avengers franchise.
  3. Emma Stone, Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), 2013.    Passed on being Michael Keaton’s daughter Sam on to Emilia Clarke, Lily James, Blake Lively or Stone. A movie that bitterly annoyed as many millions as it pleased… even more so after it inexplicably won the Best Picture Oscar on February 22, 2015.
  4. Dakota Johnson, Fifty Shades of Grey, 2013.     Social networks were full of kinky ideas for the porn novel’s BDSM heroine, Anastasia Steele - from Jennifer Lawrence to Emma Watson. Few suggestions led to talks, auditions or tests. Robbie, Emily Browning, Lucy Hale, Felicity Jones, Elisabeth Olsen, Alicia Vikander, London model Suki Waterhouse, Shailene Woodley were all lucky to escape were also lucky to escape the turgid, totally un-erotic enterprise. Only 14 minutes and 17 seconds of sex, no orgasms - and pubes added digitally to actors’ genital patches!
  5. Kate Mara, The Fantastic Four, 2014.     For the Marvel reboot, second-time  director Josh Trank mused over the Aussie, Saoirse Ronan, and Allison Williams for Susan Storm, better known as The Invisible Woman. They were lucky.  Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy called it  “a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens.”
  6. Emilia Clarke, Terminator: Genesis, 2014.    Terminator starts over… Clarke, Larson and Margopt Robbie tested for Sarah Connor.  And the role went to… Daenerys Targaryen from HBO’s triumphant Game of Thrones.   Ironically, her  TV co-star, Lena Headey, was Sarah Connor on the series,  Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, 2008-2009.
  7. Dakota Johnson, A Bigger Splash, 2015.     More Jacques Deray than David Hockney - making the French original, La piscine, seem better than it ever was!.. Robbie accepted Penelope (Jane Birkin in 1968) until schedule difficulties with Legend of Tarzan.
  8. Lily James, Cinderella, 2015.   On the pumpkin list for Disney’s live-action version were Robbie (surely too much for one prince!), Bella Heathcote, Imogen Poots, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander, Emma Watson, Gabrielle Wilde. (Amanda Seyfried’s previous role obviously counted against her at Disney - Linda Lovelace!). And the slipper went to… Downton Abbey’s bright young Lady Rose and Natasha Rostova in the BBC’s 2016 War and Peace. And Juliet opposite her Prince Charming, Richard Madden, as Romeo.
  9. Hayley Bennett, The Girl on the Train, 20l6.     Never any question in producer Marc Platt’s mind about who would be The Girl - Emily Blunt, from his Into The Woods. But sexy Megan only became Bennett when first Kate Mara, then Robbie were busy elsewhere. They were lucky to miss the messy Hitchcock wannabe. Never came close.
  10. Scarlet Johansson, Ghost In The Shell, 2017.   Negotiations with Robbie fell apart (well, she was testing for Suicide Squad) and Johansson took over the headache of the year. Because her role of Kusanagi was, inevitably, Japanese in the Masamune Shirow manga, this lead to tumultuous on-line protests about Hollywood whitewashing. Coming soon - Brad Pitt as Muhammad Ali.

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