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Popcorn & Prejudice: A Movie Blog

Seattle Times writer Moira Macdonald muses on moviegoing. Email Moira: mmacdonald@seattletimes.com.

September 25, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Guess who almost got cast in ‘Gone Girl’?

(Side note, just for fun: I am delighted to report that there appears to be a character named Moira on “The Good Wife” — the real estate agent, who I think we’ve seen in previous episodes, who Alicia called regarding her mortgage. Between this and the Moira character on “Mad Men,” my usually obscure name seems to be becoming, in Liz Lemon’s words, a thing. You have no idea — unless your name is Moira too — how exciting this is. Good opening episode on “The Good Wife,” too.)

So. Fun story on Vulture today, on various actors who almost got cast in prominent films — and I was fascinated to hear that David Fincher, right down to the wire, was looking at Olivia Wilde, Abbie Cornish, and Julianne Hough for the role of Amy in “Gone Girl.” I can see Wilde, for sure, but Julianne Hough? Really? Other fascinating not-meant-to-be castings: Wes Anderson, for “The Grand Budapest Hotel,” sought to cast Johnny Depp and Angela Lansbury for the roles eventually played by Ralph Fiennes and Tilda Swinton. Hailee Steinfeld came close to the Shailene Woodley role in “The Fault in Our Stars.” Back when he first envisioned “Foxcatcher,” Bennett Miller envisioned Ryan Gosling, Heath Ledger and Bill Nighy; later making the film with Channing Tatum, Mark Ruffalo and Steve Carell in those roles. And “Into the Woods,” the musical coming this December, went through numerous iterations long ago: Back in the 1990s, a version was discussed to star Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan and Susan Sarandon; before that, a reading was held that featured Robin Williams as the Baker, Goldie Hawn as his wife, Danny DeVito as the Giant, Steve Martin as the Wolf, and Cher as the Witch. Sigh. I’m not sure how I can go on, knowing that version wasn’t filmed.

 

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