Peta Wilson

  1. Famke Janssen, X-Men trilogy, 1999-2005.  “Mutants are not the ones mankind should fear…”  Lucy Lawless and Peta Wilson could not shake the shackles of their series –  Xena: Warrior Princess, 1995-2001, and La Femme Nikita,1997-2001). Maria Bello and Helen Hunt passed. Bryan Singer (the final director after such notables as, Kathryn Bigelow, Danny Boyle, Tim  BatmanBurton, Richard Superman Donner, Irvin Stars WarsVKershner, John McTiernan and Robert Rodriguez came and went) decided to go with Janssen as Jean Grey, aka – eventually – Phoenix.

  2. Kate Hudson, Almost Famous, 2000.  Looking for his Penny Lane groupie in his semi-autobiographical look back to his Rolling Stone reporter daze, auteur Cameron Crowe saw 48 of LA’s bright young things… Christina Applegate, Selma Blair, Lara Flynn Boyle, Neve Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Claire Danes, Cameron Diaz, Kirsten Dunst, Eliza Dushku, Jenna Elfman, Jennie Garth, Maggie Gyllenhal, Alyson Hannigan, Angie Harmon, Anne Heche, Katherine Heigl, Jordan Ladd, Kimberly McCullough (busier as a TV director these days, High School Musical: The Musical – The Series, etc), Rose McGowan, Bridget Moynahan, Brittany Murphy, Gwyneth Paltrow, Laura Prepon, Lindsay Price, Christina Ricci, Rebecca Romijn, Winona Ryder, Chloë Sevigny, Marley Shelton,  Tori Spelling, Mena Suvari, Uma Thurman, Liv Tyler, Lark Voorhies.  Plus the English Saffron Burrows, Anna Friel, Thandiwe Newton and Rachel Weisz, Madrid’s Penélope Cruz, the French Charlotte Gainsbourg, Canada’s Natasha Henstridge, Ukrainian Milla Jovovich, Scottish Kelly Macdonald, Israeli Natalie Portman, German Franka Potente, Australian Peta Wilson and Welsh Catherine Zeta-Jones.  And the winner, Canada’s Sarah Polley, simply split. (Silly girl).  Crowe then chose Kate  (previously booked  for Anita) because “she seemed more like a free spirit.”  But, but, but… Chloë  was the freest spirit in all Hollywood. As she proved two years later in The Brown Bunny… in a way the others would never have dared.

  3. Kristanna Loken, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, 2003.      Following Carrie-Anne Moss, Jeri Ryan, even wrestler Joanie Laurier, Peta was another predictable idea  for the Terminatrix hunting Arnold Schwarzenegger – after the way she handled herself as TV’s La femme Nikita, 1997-2001.

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