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Rent (2005)
 Who was considered for Rent?

Christina Aguilera
Christina Aguilera was reportedly considered for the role of Mimi.
Actor who got the part: Rosario Dawson

Marc Anthony
At a point when Spike Lee was attached to direct RENT he reportedly considered singer Marc Anthony for the role of Roger.
Actor who got the part: Adam Pascal

Wilson Cruz
Wilson Cruz was reportedly attached to play Angel before Chris Columbus came on board to direct.
Actor who got the part: Wilson Jermaine Heredia

Neil Patrick Harris
Neil Patrick Harris was reportedly attached to play Mark at one point.
Actor who got the part: Anthony Rapp

Beyonce Knowles
At one point, Beyonce was supposedly considered to play Mimi.
Actor who got the part: Rosario Dawson

Spike Lee
Spike Lee was signed on to direct the film, but changed his mind during preproduction.
Actor who got the part: Chris Columbus

Brittany Murphy
When Spike Lee was attached to direct RENT, he tested Brittany Murphy for the role of Mimi. He left the project before it was ever cast. When Chris Columbus signed to direct as a feature film, he recruited the original Broadway stars (with the exception of Daphne Rubin-Vega who was pregnant, and Fredi Walker who agreed herself she had aged too much).
Actor who got the part: Rosario Dawson

Shakira
Shakira was reportedly attached to play Mimi before Chris Columbus came on board to direct.
Actor who got the part: Rosario Dawson

Justin Timberlake
Campaigned heavily to play Roger in the movie version of RENT both to Spike Lee (attached to direct but left the project) and to eventual director Chris Columbus. Dispite his want to play the role, he was never seen as appropriate vocally or in appearance.
Actor who got the part: Adam Pascal

Rikki Lee Travolta
Rikki Lee Travolta was reportedly attached to play Roger at one point.
Actor who got the part: Adam Pascal

Usher
Usher was reportedly considered for the role of Benny when Spike Lee was attached to direct.
Actor who got the part: Taye Diggs



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