All the YA Actors Considered for a Role in a 2017 Oscar-Nominated Movie
Hollywood is a town of ‘nos,’ and while most actors get used to hearing those two letters throughout their careers, the pain of missing out on a role is still tough NMW. But wanna know what’s worse than getting rejected from a movie part you reallllly wanted (besides actually turning it down, of course)? Being denied for a gig that eventually got an Academy Award nomination. #OUCH
Actors like Anne Hathaway and Nicole Kidman almost turned down their Oscar-nominated roles in the past, but this year alone shows that numerous of our favorite YA movie stars got dismissed from films that got a coveted nom at the famous award show.
1. Miles Teller — Miles didn’t just audition to play the lead role in La La Land, but he actually got the gig! Well, for a hot second. “I got a call from my agent, saying, ‘Hey, I just got a call from Lionsgate. [Director] Damien [Chazelle] told them that he no longer thinks you’re creatively right for the project. He’s moving on without you,” the 29-year-old actor said during an Esquire magazine interview. The director, who previously worked with Miles on Whiplash, rebutted, “The casting of this movie during the six years it took to get made went through lots of permutations…it was part of the up and down of this movie: that we were about to make it, we were about to not make it, about to make it, about to not make it.”
2. Emma Watson — Similar to what happened with Miles, Emma Watson was originally set to play the role of Mia in La La Land before the studio decided to make changes and Emma Stone got the part. “Neither of those casting things wound up lasting or working out,” director Damien Chazelle said about the OG casting of the Harry Potter actress and Divergent actor.
3. Hugh Jackman — Although Lion premiered in November 2016, it was reported that Hugh Jackman would be starring alongside Nicole Kidman in the film WAAAAAAY back in October 2014. Although the rumor was seemingly true two years ago, something shifted before the movie got made because while the 49-year-old got the gig, the Me, Earl and the Dying Girl actor did not.
4. Julianne Moore — Elle was shot entirely in France, which was a departure from the studio’s original plan to have it set in the United States. The reason for the move, according to IMDB, was actually because they couldn’t find an American actress who wanted to be part of the project! In addition to offering the lead role, which landed Isabelle Huppert a Best Actress nom at this year’s Oscars, to this Hunger Games star, Nicole Kidman, Sharon Stone, and Diane Lane were also considered.
These actors originally TURNED DOWN their Oscar-winning role: