Who almost starred in the season’s Oscar nominated films?

Posted by · 11:37 am · February 17th, 2009

Linus Roache in Batman BeginsThe folks at notstarring.com have put together a list of the year’s Oscar contenders and the stars who turned down opportunities to star in them.  There is, of course, Nicolas Cage in “The Wrestler” and Russell Crowe in “Australia.”  Heath Ledger is also mentioned for the latter (somehow I didn’t know that).

“The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” given its lengthy gestation period in Hollywood, had a slew of names attached: Steven Spielberg, Spike Jonze and Ron Howard in the director’s chair, Tom Cruise, John Travolta and Rachel Weisz in front of the camera.

Those of us who follow Batman casting decisions closely know all the names that pop up in the “Dark Knight” section, though somehow I never realized Linus Roache was going to reprise his role of Thomas Wayne in flashbacks.  I feel like that would have worked and been a nice element to tie the film more closely to “Batman Begins.”

There are plenty others to read through, including Matt Damon and Chris Evans being considered for the roles that eventually went to Josh Brolin and James Franco respectively in “Milk.”  There’s even a beefy section on “Wanted.”  Go have a look.

→ 10 Comments Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Filed in: Daily

10 responses so far

  • 1 2-17-2009 at 12:05 pm

    Brian Kinsley said...

    Don’t forget Tom Cruise was very nearly Dan White as well.

  • 2 2-17-2009 at 2:38 pm

    Brad said...

    I seriously can’t believe that Oprah Winfrey wanted to play Mrs. Miller in “Doubt”. But if that’s true, kudos to Shanley for turning her down. Can you imagine Oprah Winfrey suddenly popping up mid-film? Not that I don’t think she couldn’t do a good job, but such a popular presence as Oprah would totally have been a distraction.

  • 3 2-17-2009 at 3:27 pm

    Jake said...

    Oprah as Mrs. Miller in Doubt?! LOL!

  • 4 2-17-2009 at 3:37 pm

    Pauley said...

    I can totally picture it. After seeing her performance in The Colour Purple, shes got some acting chops in there.

  • 5 2-17-2009 at 3:52 pm

    amanda said...

    Matt Damon was supposed to be in Milk, DArk Knight and Rev. Road, but had to drop out because of conflicts with other movies. I hope it was worth it to him.

  • 6 2-17-2009 at 7:01 pm

    Joel said...

    Eminem as Wesley Gibson actually might’ve worked.

    And Damon would’ve worked as Harvey Dent, as well.

  • 7 2-17-2009 at 7:38 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    The ultimate casting for Dent was his if he wanted it: Liev Schreiber. Sadly, I guess, he didn’t want it.

  • 8 2-17-2009 at 10:02 pm

    Dan Mecca said...

    I dig this little thing put together. Have to say though, I feel Owen Wilson as the slimy agent wouldn’t have worked as nicely as McConaghey did.

  • 9 2-18-2009 at 10:15 am

    Ivan said...

    Nicole Kidman was supposed to play Hanna Schmitz in the Reader

    Sean Penn was the first rumored to play Joker in The Dark Knight

    Tom Cruise also wanted to play Tony Stark in Iron Man

    Hilary Swank and Reese Witherspoon were former choices for Changeling

  • 10 2-18-2009 at 11:17 am

    /3rtfu11 said...

    Pauley please Netfilx Beloved