Much like being a sports fan, it’s fun being an armchair critic and debating who should be the star of the show in a film or TV series. At the same time, you have to feel sorry for casting directors, as it’s arguably a thankless job where everyone scrutinizes and questions your every decision.
Speaking about this critical function, Jodie Foster said the following: “The casting director is the director’s first pair of eyes, shaping the vision of the movie once the process of filmmaking has started. This intimate collaboration between director and casting director yields the most significant decisions in the life of a film – choices that every crew and cast member knows will make or break his or her movie.”
Foster speaks the truth; however, there are some puzzling casting choices that don’t seem to make any sense to anyone. A recent example would be Christian Bale as Moses in Exodus: Gods and Kings. While Bale is a tremendous Academy Award-winning actor, he was horribly miscast for the film.
Bale isn’t the first, nor will he be the last. In fact, there are a handful of upcoming projects that have actors who don’t fit the role at all.
So, initiate the Caps Lock on your keyboard and join us as we look at the 8 Upcoming Lead Actors Who Don’t Fit The Role (And 8 Actors Who Should Replace Them).
16. Doesn’t Fit: Teagan Croft (Titans)
Considering that Titans has been in development hell for years now, it’s incredible that the series is even happening. Luckily, with Geoff Johns’ heavy involvement, it looks like the show is in good hands.
Yet, the casting of 13-year-old Australian actress Teagan Croft as Raven has raised more than a few eyebrows. Yes, the characters are supposed to be the Teen Titans, but judging by the other castings – such as Alan Ritchson as Hawk, Minka Kelly as Dove, Anna Diop as Starfire, and Brenton Thwaites as Dick Grayson – it appears the “teen” element is being largely dropped.
As it stands, Croft will be the youngest member of the team. We don’t know about you, but we’d much prefer to see our heroes be around the same age and grow up together in this series. It was this premise that made Teen Titans the success it was in the first place.
15. Replacement: Taissa Farmiga (Titans)
If you’re looking for angsty goth girl, look no further than Taissa Farmiga. Born a decade or two too late, she could’ve been the teen idol for ’90s horror flicks.
When Titans was made official in April 2017, a lot of people speculated that Farmiga could be in the running to play Raven. After all, she had voiced the empath twice in Justice League vs. Teen Titans and Teen Titans: The Judas Contract, has tackled similar misunderstood characters, and would be a fantastic addition to any show’s cast.
Unfortunately, the dream casting didn’t happen and it sucks for us. Maybe Farmiga has outgrown the confines of the TV world and is set for something bigger in Tinseltown. Nonetheless, she will always be Raven in our eyes.
14. Doesn’t Fit: Alden Ehrenreich (Han Solo)
When Alden Ehrenreich was announced as the titular character in the Han Solo film, we wouldn’t blame you if you had the same reaction as everyone else and said: “who?” He’s no household name by any stretch, but to be cast in such a monumental role, he must be pretty decent, right? Well, if you believe some of the production rumors, not so much.
Reportedly, Lucasfilm was “not entirely satisfied” with Ehrenreich’s interpretation of the popular space cowboy and called in an acting coach to fine-tune his efforts. While it’s not unusual for a coach to help actors out on set, the timing is concerning.
13. Replacement: Miles Teller (Han Solo)
Back when news of the Han Solo film first surfaced, Miles Teller’s name was at the top of many wishlists of who should portray the young Han. In fact, it was even rumored that he was on Disney/Lucasfilm’s final shortlist. However, as we all know now, that role went to Alden Ehrenreich.
Despite Fantastic Four’s best efforts to ruin everyone’s careers, Teller still remains an in-demand actor and has delivered some remarkable performances in films such as Whiplash and The Divergent Series: Insurgent. With each passing year, his star grows bigger and it’s a darn rotten shame that he wasn’t given the chance to tackle Han Solo.
While it’s inevitably too late for him to join that production in the titular role now, there could still be the opportunity for him to jump on board another Star Wars movie in the future.
12. Doesn’t Fit: Diego Luna (Scarface)
It’s fair to say that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story was the turning point in Mexican actor Diego Luna’s career. While he’s been on the cusp of breaking out before, it was his role as Cassian Andor that solidified him as a serious player in Hollywood.
Adding further clout to his star, it was announced that Luna would be portraying Tony Montana in the remake of the seminal Scarface, which is set to be written by the Coen brothers. While it’s fantastic to see a Latino actor playing the Cuban Montana, it’s surprising that Luna secured this role when there are arguably more suitable actors for the project.
11. Replacement: Oscar Isaac (Scarface)
It’s unlikely that the Scarface remake will be as influential as the original. That said, the filmmakers should do everything in their power to ensure the lead actor is someone near Al Pacino’s level.
If there’s anyone who could replace Pacino as Tony Montana, it’s Oscar Isaac. Born to a Cuban father and Guatemalan mother, Isaac has the necessary acting chops, screen presence, and pedigree to make the infamous drug lord come to life in 2018. Also, it doesn’t hurt that he looks a lot like Pacino in his prime.
From his performances in Inside Llewyn Davis to Ex Machina, Isaac has established himself as one of the best actors of his generation. Even if you weren’t a fan of X-Men: Apocalypse or the villain’s Ivan Ooze-inspired look, you have to admit that Isaac was far from terrible and carried that film.
10. Doesn’t Fit: Will Smith (Aladdin)
Disney’s Aladdin was the highest grossing film of 1992, hence it should come as no surprise that a live-action version of the film was fast-tracked after the success of 2016’s The Jungle Book. Obviously, one of the biggest roles of the movie is that of Genie – and if Robin Williams hadn’t tragically passed away in 2014, he would’ve certainly been the logical choice to return as everyone’s favorite blue wish-master.
Back in July, at the D23 Expo, it was confirmed that Will Smith had been cast as the magical Genie for the Guy Ritchie-helmed project. While most will point to the fact that Smith’s brand of comedy might mesh well with Ritchie’s quirky filmmaking style, it’s difficult to imagine the Fresh Prince having the same comedic influence or resonating charm as Williams.
9. Replacement: Jim Carrey (Aladdin)
If you think about it, Jim Carrey’s character in The Mask is oddly reminiscent of Robin Williams’ Genie in Aladdin. He’s powerful, over the top, loveable, and manages to put everyone in stitches by the end of the film. For this reason, it makes no sense why he isn’t in the Genie role.
From the Grinch to Count Olaf, Carrey has shown that he’s more than capable of portraying the most challenging and complex of characters and he disappears into his roles effortlessly. The rubber-faced comedian might be known for the countless laughs he provides, but underneath it all is a supremely talented performer who takes his craft seriously.
8. Doesn’t Fit: Gwilym Lee (Bohemian Rhapsody)
The Freddie Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, has been a lot like the big-screen adaptation of Mötley Crüe’s The Dirt: it’s always in the pipeline, but never comes to fruition. The former, though, does appear to have resolved all its production woes and is currently filming for a December 25, 2018 release date.
While the casting of Rami Malek as Mercury looks to be inspiring, the choice of British actor Gwilym Lee as Brian May is baffling to say the least. Lee is a decent actor, with a sizeable filmography, but does he have the presence and necessary panache to portray the second-most important member of Queen?
Sure, anyone can look like May. Chuck a poodle wig on any actor and you’re ready to go. However, it’ll take a lot of convincing to nail his unique personality and we’re not sure that Lee has what it takes.
7. Replacement: Ben Barnes (Bohemian Rhapsody)
As mentioned above, any actor with a poodle wig can look like Brian May. What’s needed, though, is a supremely talented thespian to complement the brilliant Rami Malek. This is where someone like Ben Barnes steps in.
From mobsters to spoilt playboys to princes, Barnes can turn up the heat and deliver mind-blowing performances when called upon. Look at his role as Logan in Westworld, where he wasn’t out of his depth sharing the screen with a formidable cast that featured the great Anthony Hopkins and Ed Harris.
For a movie about one of the most important rock bands in history, you deserve an all-star cast at the very least. In Barnes, we’d have an elite actor who would bring class and prestige to the legacy of the virtuoso musician.
6. Doesn’t Fit: Taron Egerton (Robin Hood)
With everyone aboard his hype train, Egerton has been cast as the titular character in 2018’s Robin Hood, which is being directed by Otto Bathurst. Well, at least we know that he’ll turn in a better performance than the king of cardboard acting, Jamie Dornan, who’ll be playing Will Scarlet in the same film.
Speaking to Screen Rant earlier this year, Egerton said this about the project, “It’s grittier, it’s darker, it’s a Robin Hood for the 21st Century. If you’ve seen Peaky Blinders, you’ll know something of the tone of it as it’s the same director.” Say what? Egerton as a dark and gritty Robin of Loxley?
5. Replacement: Kit Harington (Robin Hood)
If this Robin Hood film is meant to be dark and gritty, then at least get someone who can nail the role. Choosing Kit Harington will ensure they have an actor whose character Jon Snow in Game of Thrones epitomizes what the filmmakers seem to be going for with this production.
Harington has shown he’s more than capable of moping his way through a storyline and his favorite crayons are most certainly gray and black. If he was any darker and grittier, he’d be performing in a Norwegian death metal band.
With Game of Thrones wrapping up its final season, it makes sense to strike while the iron is hot and secure the in-demand Harington. Can you honestly think of anyone better to portray the Prince of Thieves than the King of the North?
4. Doesn’t Fit: Jude Law (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2)
We’ll admit that the casting of Jude Law as the younger Albus Dumbledore in Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2 is 50/50, and could go either way. How many times have we seen the news that Law has been cast in a film and think he’s going to royally screw it up but he doesn’t?
Even so, it’s hard to imagine the British actor as Dumbledore. While he should be fine in conveying the wizard’s youthful exuberance, i.e. lust for power, he doesn’t strike you as the man who’ll go on to become the headmaster of Hogwarts.
3. Replacement: Damian Lewis (Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them 2)
Instead of Jude Law as Dumbledore, we propose the inimitable Damian Lewis. As an Emmy and Golden Globe winner with countless award nominations, Lewis has all the qualities to portray one of literature’s most beloved characters.
As all Harry Potter fans should know, Dumbledore is meant to have auburn hair, which means you won’t have to fiddle with Lewis’ natural hair color too much here. Furthermore, when you look at him, there’s a kindness in his eyes that is reminiscent of Richard Harris and Michael Gambon’s interpretations of the character. He just looks like a young Dumbledore, if you ask us.
2. Doesn’t Fit: Claire Foy (The Girl in the Spider’s Web)
Proving once again that Hollywood has no clue what it’s doing, the Millennium series is being rebooted with The Girl in the Spider’s Web as its latest adaptation. If 2011’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo had been a monumental flop, we could understand the hitting of the reset button, but the movie made money and won an Oscar amongst other awards.
As with any reboot, the lead role has been recast and The Crown’s Claire Foy is now poised to portray Lisbeth Salander. The usually prim and proper actress appears to be a strange choice for the part, though, as her character range isn’t quite in the same category as her predecessors, Rooney Mara and Noomi Rapace.
1. Replacement: Rooney Mara (The Girl in the Spider’s Web)
The Girl in the Spider Web’s director, Fede Álvarez, said that the reason why he didn’t bring back Rooney Mara as Lisbeth Salander and Daniel Craig as Mikael Blomkvist was rather simple. “It’s said that 50% of the director’s work is casting. If I’d just [taken] Fincher’s (amazing) casting, I wouldn’t be doing half of my job,” he tweeted.
Well, Mr. Álvarez, we’re going to have to agree to disagree here. Mara, in particular, was outstanding as Lisbeth, even earning herself an Academy Award nomination for her portrayal. The critics and audience loved her and couldn’t wait to see her tell Lisbeth’s story in future films again. Yet, we’ve been robbed of this opportunity because of Hollywood’s bumbles and fumbles.
If there was any justice in the world, Mara would return to finish what she started.
Do you think these lead actors should be replaced? Are there any other upcoming roles you think don’t fit certain actors? Let us know in the comments!
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