20+ Times Actors Auditioned For A Different Role But Made Another Iconic

The movie casting process is often full of twists and turns. Many actors take part in the audition with the hope to land their dream role. Sometimes, they don’t get what they wish for. Because actors are cast at different times, decisions are constantly being changed and nothing is really set in stone until production finally starts. Actors even nailed an audience, capturing the attention of the casting directors, but ultimately are refused to play their dream characters.
Fortunately, that’s not always the end of the line for that actors. In particular cases, they are brought back to audition for another role that they originally hadn’t considered for. As a result, they did the best for the role and we can’t imagine someone else portraying the characters except them.
We've completed a list of instances that show what roles famous actors auditioned for and which ones they ended up getting, as well as they were offered and refused. If you're looking for more, click here, here, and here now.

#1 Tom Felton said he first auditioned for the role of Harry Potter.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource© Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone / Warner Bros. Pictures  

#2 Lindsay Lohan was meant to play the villain Regina George in Mean Girls.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Mean Girls / Paramount Pictures

#3 Courteney Cox initially auditioned for the role of Rachel Greene on Friends.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Friends / Warner Bros. Television Distribution

#4 Tom Hiddleston tried out for the role of Thor before he landed the part of Loki in the Marvel Universe.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Thor / Paramount Pictures

#5 Initially, Carice Van Houten was asked to audition for the part of Cersei in Game of Thrones.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Game of Thrones / HBO

#6 Gwyneth Paltrow was up for the starring role of Rose in Titanic.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Shakespeare in Love / Universal Pictures© Titanic / 20th Century Fox

#7 Cillian Murphy could have played Batman in Batman Begins.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Batman Begins / Warner Bros. Pictures

#8 Leighton Meester first auditioned for Serena in Gossip Girl.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Gossip Girl / CBS Television Distribution

#9 Ashley Greene didn’t get the role of Bella Swan in Twilight.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Twilight / Summit Entertainment

#10 Miley Cyrus originally wanted the role of Lilly Truscott in Hannah Montana.

Actors Auditioned For A Different RoleSource: © Hannah Montana / Disney-ABC Domestic Television

#11 Eddie Redmayne revealed he auditioned to play Kylo Ren in Star Wars.

Source: © Star Wars: The Last Jedi / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, © Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them / Warner Bros. Pictures

#12 Reese Witherspoon auditioned to play Cher in Clueless, but it was Alicia Silverstone who got the role.

Source: © American Psycho / Columbia Pictures© Clueless / Paramount Pictures

#13 Rainn Wilson auditioned for Michael’s role in the Office.

Source: © The Office / NBC

#14 Lee Pace auditioned for the role of Star-Lord in Guardians of The Galaxy.

Source: © Guardians of the Galaxy / Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures

#15 James Franco wanted to get the role of Spider-Man.

Source: © Spider-Man / Sony Pictures Releasing

#16 Pretty Little Liars star Janel Parrish first auditioned for Spencer before landing the role of Mona.

Source: © Pretty Little Liars / Warner Bros. Television Distribution

#17 Damon and Ledger were originally cast in opposite roles in The Brothers Grimm.

Source: © The Brothers Grimm / Dimension Films

#18 Orlando Bloom auditioned for the role of Faramir (The Lord Of The Rings)

Source: New Line Cinema

#19 Heath Ledger was offered the role of Batman in the movie "Batman Begins"

Source: Warner Bros.

#20 Iwan Rheon Could Have Played Jon Snow In Game Of Thrones

Source: HBO

#21 Jon Favreau (Pete Becker, The "Ultimate Fighting Champion Guy") auditioned for the role of Chandler Bing in "Friends"

Source: NBC

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