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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 Abbey)and to 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.       Marvel wanted the Four back and offered Fox an extension on its Daredevil II plans. No way! In the mix for the third Sue Storm/The Invisible Woman were Robbie, Sasha Pieterse, Saoirse Ronan, Emmy Rossum, Samira Wiley. Fox chose Mara over director Josh Trank’s favourite, Allison Williams. He then bullied Mara for being the suits’ choice. Would love to have seen him try that on with Robbie!!! Film flopped. (Only ever made to save the rights). Hollywood Reporter critic Todd McCarthy called it “a 100-minute trailer for a movie that never happens.”Marvel icon Stan Lee saw it coming and refused his usual seal-of-approval cameo.
  6. Emilia Clarke, Terminator: Genisys, 2014.      "Come with me if you want to live… "  Picking up the line from the guys in the Terminator franchise, the Game of Thrones find beat off Robbie, Emily Blunt and future Oscar-winner Brie Larson to Linda Hamilton’s iconic role of Sarah Connor. Ironically, Emilia’s GOT co-star, Lena Headey, had been Sarah in the 2008 series, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles. Small world.
  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 Major Mira Killian (ex-Motoko Kusanagi) was, inevitably, Japanese in the Masamune Shirow manga, this lead to tumultuous on-line protests about Hollywood whitewashing. Again. "I believe having Scarlett play Motoko was the best possible casting for this movie," said the original’s director Mamoru Oshii said. Before rushing off to cash his LA cheque.




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