Joel Kinnaman

  1. Chris Hemsworth, Thor, 2010.     After Brad Pitt passed, 007’s Daniel Craig was first choice for the disabled medical student Dr. Donald Blake with the mighty Thor as his alter ego. Also in contention were the future Loki, RoboCop, Tarzan and Magic Mike: Tom Hiddleston, Kinnaman, Alexander Skarsgård, Channing Tatum. Plus baby brother Liam, Charlie Hunnam, Paul Levesque, Tyler Mane and Plan A: Brad Pitt.
  2. Daniel Bruhl, The Fifth Estate, 2012.     Joel auditioned as Daniel Domscheit-Berg in the badly made (and received) bio of Wikileaks founder Julian Assange (well played  by Benedict Cumberbatch).   At  first. Joel had lost out to  James McAvoy who then bowed out due to his latest Charles Xavier duties in X-Men: Days of Future Past
  3. Henry Cavill, The Man From UNCLE,  2013.  Superman Cavill goes solo.  Napoleon Solo… After securing  the 60s’ TV series rights in 1993,  producer John Davis went through 20 years, 14 scripts,  four directors (letting slip Soderbergh and Tarantino!), plus 19 Napoleon Solos. From George Clooney in 2010 to Tom Cruise three years later. By way of the early-21st century suspects: Kinnaman, Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio, Joel Edgerton, Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ryan Gosling, Jon Hamm, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Chris Pine, Ryan Reynolds, Alexander Skarsgård (he switched to Tarzan), Channing Tatum. Even Russell Crowe, surely a better bet at 50 for old Waverly, the UNCLE boss.  Poor Davis never got it right!
  4. Will Smith,Suicide Squad, 2015.    After seeing 14 possible Harley Quinns, director David Ayer  shuffled through 19 Deadshots. None hit the target. Not  Daniel Craig, Matt Damon, Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Idris Elba, Colin Farrell, Michael Fassbender, Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Jon Hamm.  Nor Kinnaman (he became Rick Flag), Oscar Isaac, Matthew McConaughey, Ewan McGregor, Robert Pattinson, Brad Pitt, Keanu Reeves, Alexander Skarsgård and Jason Statham. Another Warner/DC flop because Warner wasn’t Marvel and Smith was way too top-heavy for a team effort.




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