14 Risky Casting Choices That Turned Out To Be Pure Gold

The cast of characters plays a large role in bringing to life the story of a project. Over the years we have seen some great choices being made for some actors. Often actors appear in a certain role and this becomes a means of them proving their worth. Let’s take a look at some risky casting choices that turned out to be excellent in the end.

Gal Gadot As Wonder Woman

She had received quite a lot of backlash for taking on the role of the superhero in the DCEU. The actor will be seen in the third solo venture as the character soon.


Adam Driver For Kylo Ren (Star Wars: Force Awakens)

There was quite a lot of controversy when Adam Driver was cast as Kylo Ren in the Star Wars franchise. The actor was only known for his appearance in the HBO series Girls.

Jonah Hill For Peter Brand (Moneyball)

Risky Casting Choices

Jonah Hill had just started appearing in movies and he had only made a name for comedies. But the actor took things to a whole new level when he got an Oscar Nomination for his role as Peter Brand.


Michael Keaton As Batman

Batman has always seen some rather complicated reactions from the fans of the character. When Michael Keaton was cast in the role Warner Bros. received quite an opposition from the fans but today he is considered amongst the best Batman interpretations.

Barkhad Abdi As Abduwali Muse (Captain Phillips)

In order to keep it authentic, Paul Greengrass wanted to cast Somali actors for the movie. Barkhad Abdi’s performance lands him at an interesting place considering the actor got an Oscar Nomination for his performance.


Renée Zellweger As Bridget Jones (Bridget Jones’s Diary)

It is hard to imagine an American actress being cast for the role of British literature’s most iconic female character. Zellweger actually earned an Academy Award Nomination for this role.

Jennifer Lawrence As Katniss Everdeen (Hunger Games)

Fans of the books questioned the choice of Jennifer Lawrence based on her look and experience. But the actor was able to lead the franchise for four movies.


Robert Downey Jr. As Tony Stark (Iron Man)

The actor was considered to be a rather controversial choice with Marvel Studios fighting against the choice. With Iron Man, he would start the Marvel Cinematic Universe and nothing would ever stop the actor from taking the Iron Man suit ever again.

Charlize Theron As Aileen Wuornos (Monster)

Roger Ebert praised this performance by stating, “One of the greatest performances in the history of cinema.”


Daniel Craig As James Bond

Risky Casting Choices

Fans of the spy thriller movies were absolutely against the choice of Daniel Craig as Bond and even started a controversy. The actor would end up being called one of the best takes on James Bond by past actors of the franchise.

Heath Ledger As The Joker (Batman: The Dark Knight)

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The brilliant performance would earn the actor a posthumous Oscar. It is hard to imagine that there were people who had freaked out about his choice for the Joker.


Keanu Reeves As Jack Tavern (Speed)

It made sense that the actor wasn’t being considered as the ideal choice for leading an action film. Speed would end up being considered as one of the most iconic action films.

Bruce Willis As John McClane (Die Hard)

In the 80s, we got some of our most successful action heroes with Stallone and Schwarzenegger. Bruce Willis was a fresh addition to this league and he actually brought in the perfect elements for the character.


Marlon Brando As Vito Corleone (The Godfather)

Marlon Brando wasn’t the best name when it came to major roles and the studios didn’t even consider him for the role. It was only due to Coppola’s sticking to his plans that the actor appeared in the role and it ended up being one of the best cinematic events ever.

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