Jamie Alexander

  1. Keira Knightley, Pirates of the Caribbean: Curse of the Black Pearl. 2002   The first one…   The four finalists for the role of Elizabeth Swann were  Jessica Alba, Jamie Alexander, Amanda Bynes and the 17-year-old Keira. She was surprised to win. ”I don’t have a bosom!” Johnny Depp’s piratical Jack Sparrow did not agree. In #5: Dead Men Tell No Tales, 2015, refers to her as “golden-haired, stubborn, pouty lips, neck like a giraffe, and two of those wonderful…”

  2. Summer Glau, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, TV, 2008-2009.  Jamie was in the mix for Cameron Phillips (with Glau and Michelle Ryan).  Her day would come as Sif, or indeed Lady Sif, in Marvel’s Thor franchise.  Cameron was written for Glau four years earlier. And, yes, she admitted on German TV, that she, Thomas Dekker and Lena Headey were truely naked for the pilot’s time travel trip sequence.

  3. Sienna Miller, American Sniper, 2014.    For what proved his biggest box-office success (at 84!), director Clint Eastwood looked at Alexander, Evangeline Lilly and Kata Mara for Tara, the wife of his real-life Navy Seal hero Chris Kyle, before settling on Miller.  Tara felt Sandra Bullock would be better than a Brit, before getting to know Miller in their  numerous Skype calls.

  4. Rachel McAdams, True Detective, 2014.   The second season could never match the impact and huge viewership – averaging 11.9m – of the first HBO season. They were both written by exec producer Nic Pizzolatti and even if the second show was better, no one would say so as the first had long since entered the pantheon alongside The Sopranos, Oz, The Wire, Mad Men and Breaking Bad. Last time, two cop guys; this time, guy and gal. They were considered a flop. Maybe Pizzolatti didn’t write women that well. The locale changed from Southern to West Coast noir, still owing everything to Elmore Leonard.Alexander, Malin Akerman, Jessica Biel, Cate Blanchett, Oona Chaplin, Jessica Chastain, Rosario Dawson, Brit Marling, Elisabeth Moss, Kelly Reilly, Abigail Spencer were all up for the role of Detective Ani Bezzerides…. opposite Colin Farrell.

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