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Shakespeare in Love (1998)
 Who was considered for Shakespeare in Love?

Rosanna Arquette
Was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Kim Basinger
Was considered for the lead role, but producers later decided she was too old.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Kenneth Branagh
Mentioned as a possible star of the film.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Fiennes

Russell Crowe
Crowe has stated that he was offered the part by Harvey Weinstein if he would sign on for a package deal of 4 films. Crowe refused but continued to lobby for the part of Shakespeare.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Fiennes

Daniel Day-Lewis
In about 1996, Daniel Day Lewis was cast alongside Julia Roberts, but dropped out weeks before shooting began.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Fiennes

Bridget Fonda
Bridget Fonda was considered for the role of Viola.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Jodie Foster
Foster was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Daryl Hannah
Daryl Hannah was considered for the role of Viola.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Helen Hunt
Helen Hunt was considered for the role of Fiona.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Ashley Judd
Ashley Judd was considered for the role of Viola.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Nicole Kidman
Nicole Kidman turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Diane Lane
Diane Lane was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Daniel Day Lewis
Had been the front-runner to co-star in the movie with Julia Roberts.
Actor who got the part: Joseph Fiennes

Penelope Ann Miller
Penelope Ann Miller turned down the role of Fiona.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Michelle Pfeiffer
Michelle Pfeiffer was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Julia Roberts
Julia Roberts turned down the lead role.

Meg Ryan
Meg Ryan was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Winona Ryder
Winona Ryder was seriously considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Sigourney Weaver
One of many actresses considered for the film at one point.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Debra Winger
Debra Winger was considered for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Kate Winslet
Kate Winslet turned down the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow

Robin Wright Penn
Mentioned for the lead role.
Actor who got the part: Gwyneth Paltrow



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