Scarlett Johansson

“She was really, really good”: Before Losing Gravity to Sandra Bullock, Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson Were Rejected from $55M Cult-Classic Horror Movie

Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson are two of Hollywood’s most stunning actors, both in terms of their acting and their looks. It would be hard to believe that they were ever a film’s second choice for a role. However unbelievable it might be, the two Hollywood A-listers have been rejected from a couple of projects.

Angelina Jolie has been having a hard time after her spilt with Brad Pitt
Angelina Jolie

Johansson spoke about her audition for Gravity in an interview with Entertainment Tonight. She said that she had to wear a full spacesuit and pretend to be floating in space, even though she was just sitting in a chair with a helmet on. She said that it was a “weird” experience, but that she enjoyed it.

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

Angelina Jolie was originally offered the lead role in Gravity, but she turned it down. This led to a number of other actresses being considered for the role, including Natalie Portman, Naomi Watts, Carey Mulligan, and Scarlett Johansson.

Alfonso Cuarón’s 2013 box office blockbuster Gravity was a critical and commercial success, grossing over $720 million worldwide and earning 10 Oscar nominations, including Best Picture. Sandra Bullock won the Best Actress Oscar for her performance in the film.

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Angelina Jolie and Scarlett Johansson almost starred in another film

The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural horror film about four teenage girls who form a coven of witches at a Los Angeles church high school. The girls, who are all outcasts for various reasons, use their powers for their own gain, but they soon learn that there are negative consequences to dabbling in witchcraft.

Neve Campbell

The film stars Robin Tunney as Sarah Bailey, a troubled teenage girl with unusual abilities. She befriends three other girls, also outcasts, Neve Campbell as Bonnie Harper, a girl with burn scars from an accident; Fairuza Balk as Nancy Downs, a girl who lives in a trailer with her abusive stepfather; and Rachel True as Rochelle Zimmerman, a black student who is subjected to racist bullying. The girls worship a powerful earth deity they call Manon.

The 1996 cult horror classic almost had an entirely different cast. Casting director Pam Dixon and director Andrew Fleming revealed in an interview with The Huffington Post that Angelina Jolie, Alicia Silverstone, and Scarlett Johansson all auditioned for the lead role of Sarah.

Dixon said that they “tested a lot of girls, some of whom have become really well-known.” She added,

[that they] actually had a hold on somebody that we had to let go because she got offered another film, and we didn’t know if the movie was really happening. That girl was Angelina Jolie. She did Foxfire instead.” 

Scarlett Johansson
Scarlett Johansson

Scarlett Johansson was also considered for the role of Sarah in the film, but she was only 12 years old at the time. The role eventually went to Campbell, who was starring in the television series Party of Five.

Robin Tunney was originally cast as Bonnie, but she was persuaded to take the role of Sarah instead. Tunney was a better fit for the role of Sarah, as she was older and had more experience. Campbell, on the other hand, was a better fit for the role of Bonnie, as she was younger and had a more innocent look. The casting switch ultimately worked out well for both actresses. Tunney gave a memorable performance as Sarah, and Campbell went on to star in several other successful films, including the Scream franchise.

Read more: ‘Please God get Neve Campbell back’: Fans Demand iconic Scream Queen’s Return as Scream 7 Reportedly in the Works, To Expand $745M Franchise

The film was a sleeper hit at the box office

The film opened at number one at the North American box office, making $6.7 million and a worldwide collection of $55.6 million. The film was a surprise hit, with Columbia Pictures attributing its success to teenagers and young women who responded to its themes.

Scream star Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell

According to Box Office Mojo, The Craft is the 11th-highest-grossing film since 1980 dealing with the genre of witches. The film’s success has been attributed to its timely themes of female empowerment and its dark and stylish aesthetic. The film’s opening weekend gross was even more impressive considering that it had a relatively low budget of $15 million. The film’s success helped to launch the careers of all four actors, too.

The Craft has since become a cult classic, and it continues to be popular with audiences of all ages. The film’s themes of female empowerment and its dark and stylish aesthetic have made it a favorite among fans of the supernatural and horror genres.

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