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Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
 Who was considered for Close Encounters of the Third Kind?

James Caan
The studio considered Caan to play Roy Neary but he was too expensive.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Walter Cronkite
Cronkite was the first choice to play the news anchor on TV but CBS would not allow it.
Actor who got the part: Howard Smith

Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman was approached by Spielberg to play the role of Roy Neary.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman was approached by Spielberg to play the role of Roy Neary.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Mary Beth Hurt
Auditioned for the role of "Ronnie".
Actor who got the part: Teri Garr

State Of Indiana
The early part of the film is set near the town of Muncie Indiana. The sequence was actually shot in Georgia.
Actor who got the part: State Of Georgia

Amy Irving
Amy Irving was considered too young for the role, also dating the director became problematic and resulted in Irving not being cast.
Actor who got the part: Melinda Dillon

Steve McQueen
Steve McQueen turned down the role of Roy Neary after being approached by Spielberg himself.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Jack Nicholson
Supposedly considered for the lead role.

Al Pacino
Al Pacino turned down lead for the role Roy Neary.
Actor who got the part: Richard Dreyfuss

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep auditioned to play Veronica.
Actor who got the part: Teri Garr



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