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Chicago (2002)
 Who was considered for Chicago?

Jennifer Aniston
Aniston was considered for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Christina Applegate
Considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette auditioned to play "Roxie Hart".
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Drew Barrymore
Drew Barrymore was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Kim Basinger
Was considered for the role of Mary Sunshine.
Actor who got the part: Christine Baranski

Kathy Bates
The director's first choice to play Mama Morton.
Actor who got the part: Queen Latifah

Juliette Binoche
Juliette Binoche was considered for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Cate Blanchett
Cate Blanchett was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Sandra Bullock
Was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Neve Campbell
Neve Campbell turned down the role of Velma Kelly.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Kristin Chenoweth
Kristin Chenoweth was considered for the role of Mary Sunshine.
Actor who got the part: Christine Baranski

Cher
Cher was considered to play Mama Morton.
Actor who got the part: Queen Latifah

Toni Collette
Was offered the role of ambitious, notorious Chicago murderess "Roxie Hart."
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

John Cusack
Was considered for the role of Billy Flynn.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Ellen DeGeneres
Ellen DeGeneres was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Cameron Diaz
Cameron Diaz was considered for the role of Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Rupert Everett
Rupert Everett was considered for the part of Billy Flynn.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Claire Forlani
Auditioned to play "Roxie Hart".
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Jodie Foster
Jodie Foster auditioned to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Whoopi Goldberg
Considered for the role of Mama Morton.
Actor who got the part: Queen Latifah

Heather Graham
Heather Graham was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Pam Grier
Pam Grier was attached at one time.

Rachel Griffiths
Rachel Griffiths was considered for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Angie Harmon
Angie Harmon was considered for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Goldie Hawn
When the film version was originally conceived in the '70s, Goldie was set to play Roxie.

Anne Heche
Auditioned to play "Roxie Hart".
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes was considered for the role of Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Helen Hunt
Hunt was considered for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Anjelica Huston
Anjelica Huston was considered to play Mama Morton.
Actor who got the part: Queen Latifah

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman turned down the part of Billy Flynn.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Mick Jagger
When the film version was originally conceived in the '70s, Mick was set to play Billy.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Angelina Jolie
Angelina Jolie auditioned for the role of Velma Kelly.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Milla Jovovich
Director Rob Marshall is quoted as saying "For Roxie, I saw 10 or more women: Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Toni Collette, Milla Jovovich, etc. I saw some beautiful women, exploring who could do it. Then I met with Renee."
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Ashley Judd
Auditioned to play "Roxie Hart".
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Patsy Kensit
Auditioned to play "Roxie Hart".
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman turned down the Part of Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Kevin Kline
Kevin Kline was considered for the role of Billy Flynn.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Beyoncé Knowles
Beyoncé Knowles heavily campaigned for the role of Mama Morton.
Actor who got the part: Queen Latifah

Lucy Lawless
Lucy Lawless auditioned to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Leigh was considered by director Rob Marshall for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Téa Leoni
Téa Leoni was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Madonna
Was set to play "Velma Kelly" but moved on to do other projects like "The Next Best Thing" and her Drowned World tour.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Bette Midler
Bette Midler had the choice of playing Roxie Hart, Velma Kelly or Mama Morton. She wasn't interested in any of them.

Liza Minnelli
When the film version was originally conceived in the '70s, Liza was set to play Velma.

Rhona Mitra
Rhona Mitra was a candidate for the role of Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Mandy Moore
Mandy Moore auditioned for the role of Kitty Baxter, but was turned down because she was too young.
Actor who got the part: Lucy Liu

Bridget Moynahan
Bridget Moynahan was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow was considered for the role of Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Sean Penn
Was a contender for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer was attached to play Roxie Hart at one point.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Monica Potter
Monica Potter was considered for the role of Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Keanu Reeves
Rob Marshall wanted Keanu Reeves for the role of "Amos Hart".
Actor who got the part: John C. Reilly

Julia Roberts
Roberts was in the running of playing Velma Kelly.
Actor who got the part: Catherine Zeta-Jones

Vinessa Shaw
Vinessa Shaw auditioned to play Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Charlie Sheen
Charlie Sheen read for the part of Amos Hart.
Actor who got the part: John C. Reilly

Alicia Silverstone
Alicia Silverstone auditioned to play Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Mira Sorvino
Director Rob Marshall is quoted as saying "For Roxie, I saw 10 or more women: Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Toni Collette, Milla Jovovich, etc. I saw some beautiful women, exploring who could do it. Then I met with Renee."
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Kevin Spacey
Kevin Spacey was in the running to play the lead role of Billy.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Britney Spears
Britney Spears was considered to play Kitty Baxter.
Actor who got the part: Lucy Liu

Barbra Streisand
Producer Harvey Weinstein reportedly offered the musical to Streisand to direct, before securing Rob Marshall.
Actor who got the part: Rob Marshall

Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank was considered to play Roxie.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Charlize Theron
Actually had the role of Roxie but lost it when there was a change in directors.
Actor who got the part: Renee Zellweger

Marisa Tomei
Director Rob Marshall is quoted as saying "For Roxie, I saw 10 or more women: Marisa Tomei, Mira Sorvino, Charlize Theron, Christina Applegate, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Toni Collette, Milla Jovovich, etc. I saw some beautiful women, exploring who could do it. Then I met with Renee."
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

John Travolta
Passed on the lead role of Billy Flynn.
Actor who got the part: Richard Gere

Debra Winger
Debra Winger was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet was considered to play Roxie Hart.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Was supposed to play Roxie, but at the last minute, that role was given to Renée Zellweger, and Cath was chosen for the role of Velma Kelly.
Actor who got the part: Renée Zellweger



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