Jack O’Connell


  1. Andrew Simpson, Notes on a Scandal, 2005.    O’Connell and Nicholas Hoult were in the mix for Steven Connolly.  Simpson won the day At least, they knew what was happening.  Jason Reitman loved the scenario and phoned the producers to offer his directing services. “We’re in editing right now, but I hope you’ll like the film when it comes out.” 

  2. Alden Ehrenreich, Beautiful Creatures, 2013.  The British kid from  After Skins  and Harry Brown had won his  Hollywood debut, the lead of this  Twilightwannabe – when he was replaced at the inevitable last minute  by Steven Spielberg’s latest discovery. He couldn’t save it. “Southern fried bullshit,” said Rolling Stone critic Peter Travers about this “warmed-over Twilight with witches instead of vamps.” Young Brits O’Connell and Jamie Blackley were lucky to escape what became part of Ehrenreich’s rapid meltdown. His witch-friend was Alice Englert. She should know better being the daughter of The Piano director, Jane Campion. Jack’s  debut wasnt delayed that long  when he, in turn, replaced Jamie Blackley as Calisto in 300: The Rise of an Empire and then  he was chosen for Unbroken in 2013 by  director…   Angelina Jolie.

  3. Taron Egerton, Kingsman: The Secret Service, 2013.   Egerton beat off O’Connell John  Boyega and Aaron Taylor-Johnson  to the cracking spy number, alongside Michael Caine, Sam Jackson, Mark Strong – due, said director Matthew Vaughn, to his unique likeability.
  4. Miles Teller, 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 Reed Richards/Mister Fantastic were  O’Connell (chosen by director Angelina Jolie for Unbroken that year), Kit Harrington, Richard Madden, Anton Yelchin and director Josh Trank’s favourite, Teller – close to fisticuffs during the abusive shoot. 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 seal-of-approval cameo.
  5. Alden Ehrenreich, Solo: A Star Wars Story, 2017.  
  6. Adam Driver, The Man Who Killed Don Quixote, 2017.

 Birth year: Death year: Other name: Casting Calls:  6