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The Exorcist (1973)
 Who was considered for The Exorcist?

Anne Bancroft
Bancroft turned down the role of Chris MacNeil (the mom) because she was pregnant.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Kim Basinger
When she was working as a model, Kim Basinger auditioned for the role of Regan McNeill.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Peter Bogdanovich
Peter Bogdanovich offered to direct, turned down as it wasn't his type of genre.
Actor who got the part: William Friedkin

Marlon Brando
The studio wanted Brando to play Father Merrin but Friedkin felt he was too big a star.
Actor who got the part: Max Von Sydow

Carol Burnett
Carol Burnett was considered to play "Chris MacNeil".
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Jamie Lee Curtis
Jamie Lee Curtis auditioned to play Regan.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Laura Dern
Auditioned for the role of Regan McNeil.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Jane Fonda
She turned down the role of Chris MacNeill.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Melanie Griffith
According to an interview, Melanie Griffith tested for the part of Regan.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Audrey Hepburn
William Friedkin wanted her for the role of the Mother. She would accept if the film was shot in Rome, where she was living at the time. It was shot in the U.S.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Alfred Hitchcock
Turned down the chance to acquire the screen rights to William Peter Blatty's novel and also turned down the chance to direct the film when another producer bought the rights to the property.
Actor who got the part: William Friedkin

Kay Lenz
Turned down the role of Regan McNeil because she didn't like the script. William Friedkin decided she was too old.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Shirley MacLaine
Declined the role of movie star, mother "Chris MacNeil."
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Paul Newman
Paul Newman was considered for the role of Father Karras.
Actor who got the part: Jason Miller

Jack Nicholson
Nicholson was considered to play Father Karras before Jason Miller landed the role.
Actor who got the part: Jason Miller

Geraldine Page
Geraldine reportedly turned down the part of Chris MacNeil.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Eve Plump
Auditioned to play "Regan MacNeil".
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Lee Remick
Lee Remick was considered to play the mother.
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Brooke Shields
According to Panorama magazine, the director didn't give Brooke the part because "she was too sexy."
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Sharon Stone
Was one of the clients who were considered for the role of Regan.
Actor who got the part: Linda Blair

Barbra Streisand
Barbra Streisand declined the role of the mother (Ellen Burstyn role).
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn

Raquel Welch
Raquel Welch was considered to play the mother, "Chris MacNeil".
Actor who got the part: Ellen Burstyn



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