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  1. Alexandra Owens, Titanic, 1996.
  2. Michelle Trachtenberg, Inspector Gadget, 1999.    Refused. Made her  name in three Disney movies: The Parent Trap, 1998, Freaky Friday,  2003,   Herbie Fully Loaded,  2005. “ I want to act and direct like  Jodie Foster” said the also gay Lohan.
  3. Jena Malone, Life As A House, 2000.     Director Irwin Winkler like Lohan but finally felt she was too young - at 14 - for Alyssa Beck.
  4. Emmy Rossum, The Day After Tomorrow, 2002.  First of two successive films passed by Lohan to Rossum.    “At the rate we're polluting the environment and burning fossil fuels, the ice caps will soon disappear.,” said Dennis Quaid,  playing his first… paleoclimatologist.
  5. Rachel McAdams, Mean Girls, 2004.    Passed on the “alpha Plastic” role - as her  fans would perceive her as arrogant. Became Cady Heron instead, invited into the A-list girl clique at her school - The Plastics.  (Well, they’re so close to Barbie). Producers were happier with McAdams: “only nice girls can play mean girls.” (Lindsay adored that comment).
  6. Bijou Phillips, Havoc, 2004. “I got this one script where this girl wants to join a Latino gang and she gets raped,”  recalled LL.  “I can't be doing that right now. I don’t think that's appropriate.”
  7. Emmy Rossum, Poseidon, 2005.      Somehow LL was first choice for Jennifer. The distinction did not impress her. 
  8. Keri Russell, Mission: Impossible III, 2005.  When Tom Cruise postponed everything  to make Spielberg’s War of the Worlds,  Scarlett jumped into two successive Woody Allen films, among other movies. The role of Lindsay Farris was then aimed at Lohan, Jessica Alba, Elisha Cuthbert… and Katie Holmes who won Cruise instead. (They wed in 2006). Finally,  Russell  was selected. Easily. She headlined the new M:I auteur JJ Abram’s TV series, Felicity, 1998-2002.
  9. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Live Free or Die Hard, 2006.    The two tabloid stars, Lindsay and Britney Spears, were discussed for John McClane’s daughter, Lucy. Too much baggage - and it got worse.
  10. Sienna Miller, Factory Girl, 2005.    Lohan was, perhaps inevitably,  an early choice for the biopic about Edie Sedwick, drug addict, kleptomaniac, celebutante, mental patient and Andy Warhol  “supertstar.”  LL tested but the producers  felt she was wrong for the role.  For any rôle… said the producers who called  LL: “Hell!  Hell!”

  11. Adrianne Palicki, Friday Night Lights, TV, 2006-2011.   Another bright move…  LL passed on Tyra Collette in 2005, because she was more keen on movies. That was before she discovered movies weren’t keen on her. And her  baggage. 
  12. Leighton Meester, Gossip Girl, TV, 2007-2008.   Back in the day, Josh Schwartz wrote it as a movie - for Lindsay as Blair Waldorf, queen of her Upper East Side private school. Worked better as a CBS series where each chapter’s title was a movie pun.  The Blair Bitch Project, Gone With The Will, It’s a Wonderful Lie, The Wild Brunch.
  13. Sienna Miller, The Edge of Love, 2007.     First (bad) choice for Welsh poet Dylan Thomas’ wife, Caitlin -  scripted by  Sharman Macdonald for her daughter,  Keira Knightley.  (She preferred Dylan’s other lover, Vera Phillips - grandmother of her producer, Rebekah Gilbertson.
  14. Kelly Reilly, Me and Orson Welles, 2007.   LL was about to sign on as Muriel Brassler when no insurance company would cover her due to her legal hassles. Lohan remains the one and only actress to have her breasts reduced  rather than enlarged on a poster - and partially hidden by the title, Herbie Unloaded, in 2005.  By Disney, of course.
  15. Jessica Alba, Bill, 2007.     Working on director Robert Altman’s final film, A Prairie Home Companion, went to the troubled teen’s head. She quit this assignment because the 19-year-old felt her first-time directors (Bernie Goldmann, Melisa Wallack) were unknown and from here on, she would besticking to big name film-makers, only - OK? Yeah, like the disaster callled I Know Who Killed Me, 2007 - winner of the most Razzie awards (eight), including Worst Picture.
  16. Zooey Deschanel, Gospel According To Janis, 2008.     Best out of the Janis Joplin biopic as Lohan seemed hellbent on achieving the same booze andheroin climax for herself.
  17. Bryce Dallas Howard, The Loss of a Teardrop Diamond, 2008.      The eternal First Reserve... Ron Howard’s daughter made a whole career of replacing others... Kirsten Dunst in The Village, 2004.    Nicole Kidman, Manderlay, 2005; Clare Danes, Terminator Salvation, 2009; Rachelle Lefevre in The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, 2009.
  18. Sarah Michelle Gellar, Veronika Decides To Die, 2008.      Lohan agreed to play the suicidal Veronika in 2006 - until preferring smaller, independent movies to bolster  attempts to be seen as a serious actress… as opposed to tabloid fodder.
  19. Isla Fisher, Confessions of a Shopaholic, 2008.     For once, the prerequisite outsider won as Disney chose an unknown (cheaper, sure, but hilarious) after seeing everyone from the Jessicas (Alba and Biel) to Lohan (!) and  Reese Witherspoon, who rigfhtly  felt Rebecca Bloomwood was too close to her Elle Woods creation in the two Legally Blonde films. Also in the  mix: Emily Blunt, Kirsten Dunst, Anne Hathaway, Katie Holmes, Rachel McAdams, Amanda Seyfried.
  20. Heather Graham, The Hangover, 2008.    Convinced that the film would die at the box-office, Lohan refused to play the stripper called Jade. She soon regretted missing exactly what her failing career required - a triumph.

  21. Melissa George, Triangle, 2008.       Wisely avoided the oddly titled Australian thriller, a supernatural Groundhog Day… at sea.
  22. Jessica Biel, Accidental Love, 2008.      Change of waitress geting a nail in her head, leading her to Washington and to everything that was far better in HealtH, 1980. But then director Stephen Greene isn’t Altman. He is, in fact, David O Russell, changing his credit after the financial mess of Capitol Films ruined everything. By the time what started as Nailed opened in 2015, the 44th US President’s Obamacare had begun, making the focus of the “satire” meaningless.
  23. Mia Wasikowska, Alice In Wonderland, 2009.    Her campaign for the role of Alice was not helped by headlines about her relationship with  Samantha Ronson. “If people would just leave my personal life alone - because it's really not that interesting - then I could land a great role. But all the sicko fans and the noise is so distracting.” Director Tim Burton chose the three-years-younger Australian and her gravity - so brilliantly revealed in the psychological In Treatment TV series, 2009.
  24. Olivia Thirlby, The Other Side, 2009.    Dumped! The money men were convinced she was no longer bankable.Katie Holmes was called up but couldn’t play her due to her Broadway date with All My Sons.
  25. Gemma Arterton, Wuthering Heights, 2009.    When Natalie Portman pulled out, Lindsay tried hard to persuade any and everyone but no one was buying her as the 15th screen version of Catherine Earnshaw.
  26. Kristen Bell, Burlesque, 2009.     Considered for Nikki. in Cher's first - and last - musical. So was Jessica Biel.
  27. Amanda Crew,  Charlie St Cloud, 2009.    Imposisble to insure, said the suits,  due to her legal problems – not to mention her bad reputation for making more tabloid headlines than movies.
  28. Anna Paquin, Scream 4, 2010.     Kevin Williamson created Chloe and Rachel for Paris Hilton and Lohan.
  29. Michelle Monaghan, Source Code, 2010. Lohan was making more headlines than movies. Her legal problems meant UK director Duncan Jones (David Bowe’s son) had to pss the thriller to Monaghan.
  30. Emma Stone, The Amazing Spider-Man, 2010.

  31. Kristen Stewart, On The Road, 2010.  Argentina-Brazil-Canada-France-Germany-Holland-Mexico-UK-US. 2010.
    During the 90s’ production plans, Lohan accepted a $200,000 salary - or even lower,  according to some reports - because she was such a lover of  Jack Kerouac’s seminal Beat Generation novel and of Marylou, lover of his pal Neal Cassidy, alias Dean Moriarty  in book and film. Numerous attempts were made at filming the  classic. Kerouac even mused on playing himself (or his aka Sal Paradise) in 1957 opposite Marlon Brando as  Cassady. Marlon never replied, probably thinking it was a fake. 1979: Francis Coppola  bought the rights but “never knew how to do it."   1995:  He planned a 16mm black-white version with beat poet Allen Ginsberg. (Johnny Depp declined in the 90s). 2005: Joel Schumacher helming Billy Crudup-Colin Farrell…or Brad Pitt-Ethan Hawke. Finally, Coppola & Son (Roman) and 26 other producers (!) had Brazilian Walter Salles directing English Sam Riley, Australian Garrett Hedlund - and Kristen Stewart  as Mary Lou, once offered to Lindsay Lohan and Winona Ryder. Salles also checked Joseph Gordon-Levitt-James Franco. 

  32. Blake Lively, Savages, 2011.      Lohan and her agent expressed interest in the girl mixed up with two pot-growing brothers... and kidnapped by a Mexican drug cartel. Director Oliver Stone was not so interested in Lohan.
  33. Charlene Tilton, Dallas, TV, 2011.    Efforts were made since 2002 to reboot the iconic series (and tele-films) for the cinema.Result? This pilot for a 2012 series... about JR and Bobby’s rival sons. Directors, stars, genres changed: Robert Luketic, Gurinder Chadha quit, Betty Thomas was to shoot a Southfork comedy; Drew Barrymore, Minka Kelly, Catherine Zeta-Jones were named for Pam, James Brolin as Jock and Jane Fonda, Diane Ladd or Shirley MacLaine as Miss Ellie. And Lindsay, Katie Cassidy, Kristin Cavallari, and Jessica Simpson were seen for Lucy Ewing. But Charlene joined the old-timers returning to their 1978-1992 roles.
  34. Eva Green, Dark Shadows, 2011.    Anne Hathaway and the fast rising Jennifer Lawrence also auditioned for Angelique, which Green called a mix of Bette Davis and Janis Joplin. Some cocktail
  35. Adrianne Palicki. Wonder Woman, TV, 2011.    The DC comicbook heroine had not been seen on screens since Lynda Carter ended her four year reign on ABC in 1979. Time then, said Warner, for a new movie.  DC’s testosterone duo, Batman and Superman, had cleaned up, now it up to the beautiful superhuman Amazon warrior Princess Diana of Themysacira, her Lasso of Truth, her indestructible bracelets and (honest) her invisible plane.  With who…? Across a decade of plans by producers as diverse as Joel Silver (so wrong) and Joss Whedon (so right), 24 beauties were in the frame: from Madonna to Whedon’s favourite, Cobie Smulders. Then, the film morphed into an updated TV series by David E Kelley - that, too, was dead after the rushed pilot. Palicki was the sole actress considered for TV - she was previously seen by George Miller for WW in his aborted Justice League, in 2008.
  36. Cobie Smulders, The Avengers, 2011.     In the loop with Morena Baccarin, Cloverfield’s Jessica Lucas, Amanda Peet and the ubiquitous Mary Elizabeth Winstead for SHIELD Agent Hill for Disney’s first summit meeting of the Marvel superheroes.
  37. Amanda Seyfried, Lovelace, 2012.   There was always something wrong in casting sexy LL as LL - and entering rehab squashed that notion. Seyfried took over, a better actress, after all, was was required to  tell the  “true story” of the Deep Throat porno star.
  38. Rooney Mara, Side Effects, 2012.      “My last film,” said Steven Soderbergh. Hardly surprising when he wasn’t allowed to select his own leading lady! Despite his track record, his producers refused his Blake Lively choice - like Lindsay Lohan before her. He searched on through Emily Blunt, Alice Eve, Imogen Poots, Amanda Seyfried, Olivia Wilde and Michelle Williams before the suits agreed on Rooney. She quit Zero Dark Thirty, 2011, to take over as Emily. Happily, Soderbergh returned to directing for the cinema with Logan Lucky, 2017.
  39. Jena Malone, The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, 2012.
  40. Chloë Grace Moretz, Carrie, 2012.   Author Stephen King voted LL “She looks a .lot like Sissy.” Maybe, but  she was 26 and director Kimberly Peirce wanted CGM - at 15, the first real  teenager to play Ms Telekinetic, winning over Hailee Steinfeld, 15, and Dakota Fanning, 19.  Therefore, no chance for Shailene Woodley, 20., Lily Collins, 22, Emily Browning, 23, Haley Bennett, 24, Bella Heathcote, 25;, and Megan Fox, 26.   In the 1976 original and 2002 follow-up, Sissy Spacek and Angela  Bettis  were 26 and 28.  The first Carrie,  in 1976 marked Stephen  King’s first screen  credit – this was  the 168th  of his staggering 312 credits.
  41. Kate Reid, Maleficent, 2012.   Another fairy tale joins the Hollywood reboots, telling all from the viewpoint of Sleeping Beauty’s nemesis - the titular Angelina Jolie, no less. But who should play the fairies: Knotgrass, Fittle and Thistletwit. DIsney ideas ranged from reviving  the Hocus Pocus trio  of Bette Midler, Kathy Najimy, Sarah Jessica Parker to Judie Dench, Emma Thompson,  Tara Reid (or Lindsay Lohan)  – to, finally, Imelda Staunton, Lesley Manville and Juno Temple.  Not released until 2014
  42. Amy Adams, Man of Steel, 2013.

  43. Tenille Houston, The Canyons, 2013. 
    “Hi, how are you? I won’t play Cynthia. I wanna be Tara, the lead.”  Lohan’s greeting  to director Paul Schrader at their first meet about  the script that his actress wife, Mary Beth Hurt, never finished reading as she felt it was porno.  (Certainly had a porno star in the lead: James Deen).  Producer Braxton Pope said Lophan “is like an agitated electron, constantly in motion, moving from one place to the next.” But wasn’t she also infamously erratic, “a walking time bomb, capable of suicide-vest moves?” Not this time. Schrader had a French reserve  actress standing by, but Lohan played nice.  Until refusing the promo trail.

  44. Elizabeth Olsen, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, 2014.     In the Marvel mix – again! With Sasha Pieterse and Saoirse Ronan for Wanda Maximoff, aka Scarlet Witch, in the avenging sequel. Auteur Joss Whedon thought her power was cool and visually interesting... Maximoff, that is, not Lohan.

  45. Sienna Miller, Live By Night, 2015.     Writer-producer-director-star Ben Affleck changed the Boston Irish gangster’s moll, falling for Affleck’s Prohibition “bandit” Joe Coughlin. “I don't wanna be a gangster. Stopped kissing rings a long time ago.”

  46. Gal Gadot, Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, 2015.  
  47. Olivia Thirlby, The Other Side, 2015.    According to one of the suits, Lohan was dropped because she was not bankable. As if she (or Thirlby) ever had been. The necessary bankability was already providef by Woody Harrelson.









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