A popular pastime here at Movie Pilot is taking a look back at the castings that almost were, and the movies they could have become.
Whether it's the idea of Jennifer Lawrence almost playing Bella in Twilight instead of taking on The Hunger Games, or Tom Hanks's name being thrown around to play the titular role in Jerry Maguire, Hollywood has a long list of might-have-beens.
While promoting his upcoming film Blood Father, the controversial actor told The Guardian that he was almost cast as a major character in the MCU. Back before the 2011 movie started production, Gibson was tapped to play the role of Thor's father Odin. When asked if he had ever been close to snagging a superhero role, he said:
"Yeah, long time ago, to play Thor’s dad. But I didn’t do it."
Instead, the role of Odin was given to Anthony Hopkins, who has since reprised his role in Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Thor: Ragnarok.
And just to get a taste of who else was in talks to star in Thor in 2011:
Channing Tatum As Thor
During pre-production for Thor, director Kenneth Branagh took meetings with Channing Tatum to discuss the possibility of him portraying Marvel's resident Norse god. Tatum has since stated that it was a decision based on Hemsworth's blond-haired, blue-eyed aesthetic:
“I think they were looking for someone more Nordic-looking.”
Ultimately a good decision. Tatum will hopefully get his time to shine as a superhero soon as Gambit in an X-Men spinoff movie.
Josh Hartnett As Loki
While it's difficult to imagine anyone but Tom Hiddleston playing the wily God of Mischief, it was almost Josh Hartnett who donned the green cape. According to rumors in 2009, Hartnett wanted to take the villain down a very Heath Ledger-ish road:
“Word is Josh and his camp are really interested because he has never played a villain before and after Heath Ledger’s Oscar win for the latest comic book villain, Hartnett is intrigued by the character.”
Things turned out OK for Hartnett, though, who now stars in the Showtime series Penny Dreadful.
I have to say, as talented as I think Tatum, Hartnett and Gibson are, I'm glad the castings turned out the way they did.
The third installment of the franchise Thor: Ragnarok, will be released on July 28, 2017.
Would you have preferred any of these castings?
(Source: The Guardian)