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The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
 Who was considered for The Phantom of the Opera?

Antonio Banderas
Antonio Banderas was one of many names considered to play the Phantom.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

Sarah Brightman
Sarah Brightman (who starred in the broadway version) was reportedly scheduled to play Christine in a movie version.
Actor who got the part: Emmy Rossum

Michael Crawford
Michael Crawford, the actor who originated the role of the Phantom seemed an obvious choice for the film, but despite a massive fan campaign, was not offered the role. Crawford was, however, set to play the Phantom in an earlier attempt at filimg the show, but this fell through due to his co-star Sarah Brightman's divorce from Andrew Lloyd-Webber, creator of the show.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

Brendan Fraser
Brendan Fraser reportedly wanted to play the role of the Phantom of the Opera, but was turned down.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway was reportedly a condidate to play Christine.
Actor who got the part: Emmy Rossum

Katie Holmes
Katie Holmes turned down the lead role due to age issues.
Actor who got the part: Emmy Rossum

Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman was apparently one of the many actors considered for the movie version of The Phantom of the Opera.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley admitted that the audition was embarrassing saying "I knew I couldn't sing it."
Actor who got the part: Emmy Rossum

Meat Loaf
According to IMDB, Meat Loaf was offered the role.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

John Travolta
Travolta was seriously considered to play the phantom.
Actor who got the part: Gerard Butler

Catherine Zeta-Jones
Webber apparently said in an interview that he would like to have cast Catherine Zeta-Jones but she passed to play Velma in the movie musical "Chicago" and didn't want to do two singing roles in a row.
Actor who got the part: Emmy Rossum



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