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RKO 281 (1999)
 Who was considered for RKO 281?

Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando was cast as William Randolph Hearst, but eventually dropped out.
Actor who got the part: James Cromwell

Gene Hackman
Gene Hackman was considered to replace Marlon Brando in the role of William Randolph Hearst. The film was eventually scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: James Cromwell

Dustin Hoffman
Dustin Hoffman was cast as Herman J. Mankiewicz, but eventually dropped out.
Actor who got the part: John Malkovich

Madonna
Madonna was cast as Marion Davies, but lost the role after the film was scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: Melanie Griffith

Edward Norton
Edward Norton was cast as "Citizen Kane" director Orson Welles, but lost the role after the film was scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: Liev Schreiber

Al Pacino
Al Pacino was considered to replace Dustin Hoffman in the role of Herman J. Mankiewicz. The film was eventually scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: John Malkovich

Ridley Scott
Ridley Scott was slated to direct, but eventually dropped out.

Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep was cast as Louella Parsons, but lost the role after the film was scaled down to a TV movie.
Actor who got the part: Brenda Blethyn



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