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Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 Who was considered for Rebel Without a Cause?

Carroll Baker
Carroll Baker auditioned to play "Judy".
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Richard Beymer
Richard Beymer tested unsuccessfully for the role of Buzz.
Actor who got the part: Corey Allen

Marlon Brando
Producer Jerry Wald had Brando lined up for a movie version of Dr. Robert M. Lindner's non-fiction work about the analysis of a young criminal. The project was shelved, but later, reconstituted with another script concept and leading man.
Actor who got the part: James Dean

Pat Crowley
Auditioned for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Kathryn Grant Crosby
Kathryn Grant Crosby auditioned to play Judy.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Tab Hunter
Was considered for the role of Jim Stark.
Actor who got the part: James Dean

John Kerr
John Kerr was considered to play the role of Jim.
Actor who got the part: James Dean

Jayne Mansfield
Tested for the role of "Judy," the misunderstood teenage girlfriend.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Lori Nelson
Lori Nelson auditioned to play Judy.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Margaret O’Brien
Margaret O’Brien was one of the actresses who screen tested for the role of Judy, and lost the role.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Lee Remick
Lee Remick auditioned for the part of Judy.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Debbie Reynolds
Debbie Reynolds auditioned to play Judy.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Steffi Sidney
Steffi Sidney auditioned for the part of Judy, but was offered the part of Mil.
Actor who got the part: Natalie Wood

Robert Wagner
Robert Wagner tested for the role of Jim. Ironically, he became Natalie Wood's husband in the real world, between 1957 and 1962 and again between 1972 and her death.
Actor who got the part: James Dean

Sam Wannamaker
Sam Wannamaker was the first choice for the role of Ray Fremick but became unavailable.
Actor who got the part: Edward Platt



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