Bella Heathcote


  1. Kristen Stewart, Snow White and the Huntsman, 2011.      For the first of two revisionist Ms Whites that year, the Aussie Neighbours soapie succumbed to Stewart’s Twilight clout. As did Emily Browning, Sarah Gadon, Selena Gomez, Dakota Fanning, Felicity Jones, Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander… and Elvis Presley’s grand-daughter Riley Keough. No matter:the bella Bella joined the nearly-Huntsman Johnny Depp in Dark Shadows.
  2. Mia Wasikowska, Stoker, 2012.      For his first English-language film, South Korean director Chan-wook Park (Oldboy), was introduced to Hollywood casting. He had tyo see… Heathcote, Rooney Mara, Cary Mulligan and, of course for a vampire number, Twilighters Ashley Greenee and Kristen Stewart! What a choice for Nicole Kidman’s daughter, besotted with and fretting over the most mysterious Uncle Charlie since Hitchcock’s Shadow of a Doubt some 60 years earlier.
  3. Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie, 2012.     Miss Twilight passed, quite correctly,on the second unnecessary re-hash in a decade. Idem for Haley Bennett, Emily Browning, Lily Collins, Dakota Fanning, Shailene Woodley.
  4. Lily James, Cinderella, 2013.    Disney’s ideal was Harry Potter‘s Emma Watson. But she fled, allowing director Kenneth Branagh to get down to some serious testing in London with Bella from Dark Shadows, Margot Robbie from TV’s Pan-Am … and Lily, the inevitable contender from TV’s  Downton Abbey.
  5. Emma Watson, Noah, 2013.    Bella impressed with her audition but Dakota Fanny was the (impossibly fully booked) first choice of auteur Darren Aronofsky for the daughter of his life-long fascination: “a dark, complicated character who experiences real survivor’s guilt.”And a lot of water.Then, enter: Emma from, one best-selling book to another.
  6. Taylor Swift, The Secret Service, 2013.    There were many casting rumours about UK director Matthew Vaughn’s espionage trip. But one proved true. The US singer did beat Bellaand Emma Watson to the, er, punch.
  7. 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 Lily Collins of The Mortal Instruments franchise, Sarah Gadon (from Amazing Spider-Man 2), Elizabeth Olsen (finally free from the Silent House) and  Carrie’s Gabrielle Wilde. The winner was Downton Abbey’s Lady Sybil. 
  8. Sophie Cookson, Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2013.    Change of Roxy in Matthew Vaughan’s cracking spy number, alongside Michael Caine, Colin Firth, Mark Hamill, Sam Jackson, Mark Strong. Emma Watson was also short-listed. 
  9. Lily James, Cinderella, 2015.   On the pumpkin list for Disney’s live-action version were Heathcote, Imogen Poots, Margot Robbie (surely too much for one prince!), 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… Lily James – Downton Abbey’s bright young Lady Rose who went on to be Natasha Rostova in the BBC’s 2016 War and Peace. And Juliet opposite her Prince Charming, Richard Madden, as Romeo.
  10. Chloe Grace Moretz, Carrie, 2012.    Miss Twilight passed, quite correctly,  on the second unnecessary re-hash in a decade… Author Stephen King voted Lindsay Lohan.   “She looks a lot like Sissy.” Maybe, but she was 26 and director Kimberly wanted CGM – at 15, the first real  teenager to play Ms Telekinetic, winning over Hailee Steinfeld, 15, and Dakota Fanning, 19.  Therefore, no chance for Shailene Woodley, 20., Lily Collins, 22, Emily Browning, 23, Haley Bennett, 24, Bella Heathcote, 25;, and Megan Fox, 26.   In the 1976 original and 2002 follow-up, Sissy Spacek and Angela  Bettis  were 26 and 28.  The first Carrie,  in 1976 marked Stephen  King’s first screen  credit – this was  the 168th  of his staggering 312 credits.






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