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Meryl Streep
 Roles turned down by Meryl Streep:

All the King's Men
Pulled out of the movie remake of the Robert Penn Warren novel before filming began.
Actor who got the part: Patricia Clarkson

Batman Returns
Meryl Streep was considered for the role of Catwoman, but Tim Burton turned her down because she was too old.
Actor who got the part: Michelle Pfeiffer

Close Encounters of The Third Kind
Meryl Streep auditioned to play Veronica.
Actor who got the part: Teri Garr

Coming Home
Jane Fonda wanted Streep to play "Vi," but she was unavailable. Penelope Milford, who won the role instead, received an Oscar nomination.
Actor who got the part: Penelope Milford

Cutthroat Island
Was in consideration for the role of Morgan Adams. However, Meryl was busy doing "The Bridges of Madison County", and became unavailable for the project.
Actor who got the part: Geena Davis

A Dirty Shame
Director John Waters said in an interview that he would have enjoyed having Streep as the lead, but he did not approach her.
Actor who got the part: Tracey Ullman

Evita
Meryl Streep was considered to play the lead.
Actor who got the part: Madonna

Fatal Attraction
Streep turned down the role of Alex Forrest.
Actor who got the part: Glenn Close

The Firm
Director Sydney Pollack intended to have Mitch McDeere (Cruise) have an affair with an older colleague, to be played by Meryl Streep.

Frida
When Nancy Harding bought the rights of Hayden Herrara's biography of Kahlo, she proposed the role to Meryl Streep.
Actor who got the part: Salma Hayek

Heroes
Considered for the role of Carol Bell.
Actor who got the part: Sally Field

The Hunt for Red October
Meryl Streep turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gates McFadden

I Love You to Death
Meryl wasn't available to play the part of the wife who tries to kill Kevin Kline, so she suggested her friend (and "Plenty" co-star), Tracey Ullman.
Actor who got the part: Tracey Ullman

Man Trouble
Meryl Streep turned down the role of Joan Spruance because she became pregnant.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Barkin

Nixon
Meryl Streep was considered for the role of Pat Nixon.
Actor who got the part: Joan Allen

The Postman Always Rings Twice
Turned down the steamy role of the frustrated backwater wife, "Cora" in this remake of the classic James M. Cain thriller.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Pretty Baby
Was considered for the role of Hattie.
Actor who got the part: Susan Sarandon

Red
Streep was considered for the role of Victoria.
Actor who got the part: Helen Mirren

The Remains of the Day
Turned down the part of Miss Kenton.
Actor who got the part: Emma Thompson

Richard III
Meryl Streep was offered the role of Queen Elizabeth by Ian McKellen, but evidently turned it down.
Actor who got the part: Annette Bening

RKO 281
Meryl Streep was cast as Louella Parsons, but lost the role after the film was scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: Brenda Blethyn

Six Degrees of Separation
Streep expressed interest in playing Ouisa, since she had enjoyed working with director Fred Schepisi twice before.
Actor who got the part: Stockard Channing

A Streetcar Named Desire
Meryl Streep was unavailiable for a remake of the Tennessee Williams play in the 1980s. The film was eventually made as a TV production instead.
Actor who got the part: Ann-Margret

Sweet Dreams
Streep was turned down for the role of Patsy Cline.
Actor who got the part: Jessica Lange

Thelma and Louise
Meryl & Goldie Hawn considered doing the movie together, but decided to do "Death Becomes Her" instead.

Working Girl
Meryl Streep was considered for one of the female leads.






Did you know that Meryl Streep was not the only choice for these movies? (click to learn more)
» The Bridges of Madison County
» The French Lieutenant's Woman
» Kramer vs. Kramer
» Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events
» Mamma Mia!
» The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
» Marvin's Room
» Music of the Heart
» Out of Africa
» Postcards From the Edge
» Silkwood
» Sophie's Choice






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