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The Departed (2006)
 Who was considered for The Departed?

Patricia Arquette
Patricia Arquette wanted to play the lead.
Actor who got the part: Vera Farmiga

Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro had to drop out of playing Queenan to go ahead with his own directorial project, the Good Shepherd.
Actor who got the part: Martin Sheen

Mel Gibson
According to IMDB, had to turn down a role in Martin Scorsese's crime drama due to his commitment to "Apocalypto."

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd wanted to play Madolyn.
Actor who got the part: Vera Farmiga

Denis Leary
Turned down the chance to work with director Martin Scorsese because of his ongoing commitment to his TV series.

Ray Liotta
Ray Liotta, who hasn't worked with Scorsese since "Goodfellas," was reportedly the first choice for the role of Dignam, but had to turn the role down due to other commitments.
Actor who got the part: Mark Wahlberg

Jack Nicholson
Nicholson originally turned down the part of Frank Costello but director Martin Scorsese and co-star Leonardo DiCaprio changed his mind.
Actor who got the part: Jack Nicholson

Gwyneth Paltrow
Gwyneth Paltrow was considered to play Madolyn.
Actor who got the part: Vera Farmiga

Brad Pitt
Pitt was cast as Sullivan but dropped out. He did continue to produce the film.
Actor who got the part: Matt Damon

Kyra Sedgwick
The blonde Sedgwick was seriously considered by Scorsese to play the role of Madolyn.
Actor who got the part: Vera Farmiga

Hilary Swank
Hilary Swank was reportedly one of the actresses considered by Scorsese for the part of Madolyn.
Actor who got the part: Vera Farmiga

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet was reportedly one of the actresses considered for the part of Madolyn.
Actor who got the part: Vera Farmiga



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