Apparently, Amanda Seyfried was in the Running for These 13 Roles… But Lost
July 18, 2018
Here we go again! Along with the rest of the
Mamma Mia! crew, is back and better than ever for the musical movie’s sequel. (We’re allowed to say “better than ever” ’cause we already saw the film and cried our eyes out, thank you very much.) Until everyone gets the chance to see the brand-spanking-new production — in theaters Friday, July 20! — we’re taking a look at all the what-could’ve-beens of Amanda’s past. Here are 13 roles Amanda was up for… but lost out in the long run: Amanda Seyfried
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10 years after the release of
Mean Girls, director Mark Waters told , "The person who was neck and neck for the role of Regina — and we agonized over which one we were going to cast — was Amanda Seyfried." Vulture
"She tested for Regina and was kind of brilliant, and very different than
Rachel [McAdams'] approach," he continued. "She played it in a much more ethereal but still kind of scary way. She was more frightening, but oddly, less intimidating."
"And I think it was [producer]
Lorne Michaels who had the genius idea of saying, 'What about the dumb girl? I think Amanda could play the dumb girl'," Mark recalled. "So she came in and read it and nailed it, and we got the best of both worlds."
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Man of Steel
Speaking at an Australian press conference for her movie,
Red Riding Hood, in March 2011, Amanda revealed, "I auditioned for a role in the new Superman and didn't get it." Our best guess: She was trying out for the role of Lois Lane in Man of Steel, which eventually went to Amy Adams.
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We all know and love
Kristen Bell as high school student and private investigator Veronica Mars. The role is what originally shot her to fame! Prior to Kristen's casting, though, Amanda tried out for the coveted spot.
Obviously, KB nailed it... but it's not as if Amanda was left out in the cold. She was eventually cast in the role of Veronica's best friend, Lilly Kane, who was murdered prior to the time of the show's first episode. According to creator
Rob Thomas, Amanda was so good in the part that he used her three or four more times than he initially planned on the first season.
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Alice in Wonderland
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Supposedly, Amanda was
one of to play the titular role in the 2010 edition of Tim Burton's top choices Alice in Wonderland. Nevertheless, Mia Wasikowska won in the end.
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Walt Disney Pictures
Along with , Emma Watson Saoirse Ronan, Alicia Vikander and Gabriella Wilde, Amanda's name was thrown into the ring to potentially portray the titular heroine in Disney's 2015 live-action remake of Cinderella. Meanwhile, the woman who beat 'em all out, Lily James, actually reportedly auditioned to play one of Ella's stepsisters, Anastasia Tremaine.
Fast forward to 2018, and Lily's playing the younger version of Amanda Seyfried's on-screen mother in
Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again. How cool is that?!
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The Great Gatsby
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In September 2010,
rumors swirled that Leonardo DiCaprio was up for the role of Jay Gatsby, Tobey Maguire was up for the role of Nick Carraway and Amanda Seyfried was up for the role of Daisy Buchanan in the 2013 production of The Great Gatsby. Leo did, in fact, portray Jay Gatsby; Tobey did, in fact, portray Nick Carraway; Amanda, however, did NOT portray Daisy Buchanan. Instead, the role went to Carey Mulligan.
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Fox Searchlight Pictures
Multiple reports claim that Amanda auditioned for the part of
George Clooney's on-screen daughter, Alex King, in the 2011 film The Descendants, but was turned down for being considered "too old" to play a teenager. (Fair, considering she was 26 at the time of the film's release.) The part went to Shailene Woodley, who turned 20 three days before the film's U.S. release.
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During the same press conference in which Amanda revealed that she didn't get a part in
Man of Steel, she also talked about her near-participation in another Zack Snyder production.
"I really wanted
Emily Browning's role in Sucker Punch," she told the crowd. "I'd originally got that role and everything was in gear, but then I got the call from Big Love, saying, 'We need you this season, you can't do it'."
She added, "The director, Zack Snyder, fought for me, and I even called the head of HBO because I thought I wasn't being used in
Big Love in a way that was worth me losing out on Sucker Punch. At the time it didn't seem like there was anything better. Big Love wouldn't let me go, so I cried a lot."
"Then I realized that actually it was good that I didn't do it because, if I had, I wouldn't have done
Red Riding Hood," she realized.
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Now You See Me
Amanda was originally cast as Henley Reeves in the 2013 magician film
Now You See Me. But, in September 2011, Isla Fisher joined the film, replacing Amanda and rounding out the stellar cast, which included Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Ruffalo.
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Hillary Rodham Clinton,
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Lionsgate dropped the Hillary Clinton period film Rodham — which was meant to debut some time around the 2016 presidential election — Amanda, along with Jessica Chastain, Reese Witherspoon, and Scarlett Johansson, was up for the part of the politician.
James Ponsoldt, who was supposed to direct the project, said, "They're all wonderful actresses. We're very fortunate that a lot of really great actors are interested in playing these roles. We're in an enviable position."
"Regardless of people's political affiliation or how they feel about Hillary Clinton, you don't find people who question the quality of her intelligence or her drive," he continued. "I want a wonderful actress who could embody that."
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Z for Zachariah
Margot Robbie can be seen at the very center of the posters for Z for Zachariah, it was Amanda Seyfried who was originally cast in the flick, opposite Chiwetel Ejiofor and Chris Pine. She was replaced for unknown reasons in January 2014.
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The Oscar-nominated film
Albert Nobbs, starring Glenn Close, could've also starred Amanda. However, in November 2010, word got out that Alice in Wonderland star Mia Wasikowska would replace her in the project.
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It's been reported that Amanda auditioned for the lead role of Kelli in the 2006 remake of the horror film
Black Christmas. But, ultimately, she lost to Katie Cassidy.