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Superman (1978)
 Who was considered for Superman?

Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali turned down an offer to star in the film.

Ann-Margret
Director Richard Donner approached Ann-Marget to play "Eve Tessmacher," but negotiations broke down over salary.
Actor who got the part: Valerie Perrine

Anne Archer
Auditioned to play "Lois Lane."
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Warren Beatty
Considered for the part of Superman.

John Beck
Auditioned to play Superman.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Susan Blakely
Auditioned for the role of "Lois Lane."
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Jeff Bridges
Jeff Bridges was seriously considered to play Superman/Clark Kent.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Charles Bronson
Tested for the part of Superman.

James Caan
Unwisely turned down the lead role of Superman.

Stockard Channing
Auditioned to play "Lois Lane."
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Joan Crawford
Producers considered her to play Ma Kent, but she was too ill by that time.

Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood turned down the part of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Sam Elliott
Sam Elliott was considered for the role of Superman.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Carrie Fisher
Fresh off of Star Wars, Carrie Fisher was said to be considered to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Goldie Hawn
The director's first choice to play Eve Tessmacher.

Dustin Hoffman
Turned down the role of Lex Luthor.
Actor who got the part: Gene Hackman

Bruce Jenner
Jenner was considered for the role of Superman.

Elton John
Singer Elton John was considered to play Superman.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Kris Kristofferson
Tested for the part of Superman.

Jessica Lange
Jessica Lange didn't turn down the role of Lois Lane only, but also Eve Tessmacher.

Jennifer Jason Leigh
Was considered for the role of Lois Lane, but producers turned her down because she was too young.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Shirley MacLaine
Considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Liza Minnelli
Liza Minnelli auditioned for the part of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Paul Newman
Tested for the part of Superman.

Nick Nolte
According to the documentary "Taking Flight", director Richard Donner reveals that Nick Nolte was being considered for the film.

Ryan O'Neal
Considered to play Superman.
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Holly Palance
She was considered for the role of Lois Lane and was eventually used to screen test other actors, including Christopher Reeve, for the role of Clark Kent.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Sam Peckinpah
Director Sam Peckinpah was considered by producer Ilya Salkind to direct Superman.

Deborah Raffin
Auditioned to play "Lois Lane."
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Robert Redford
Redford was considered for the role of Superman.

Burt Reynolds
The studio considered Reynolds to play Superman.

Arnold Schwarzenegger
Tested for the part of Superman.

Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg turned down the chance to direct Superman. He had shown interest but then Jaws became a hit and he went on to other things.

Sylvester Stallone
Considered for the part of Superman.

Barbra Streisand
Considered to play Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Jon Voight
Jon Voight was actually cast as Superman but was let go by producers.

Lesley Ann Warren
Auditioned to play "Lois Lane."
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder

Patrick Wayne
Wayne was offered the part of Superman, but declined because of his father's cancer (John Wayne).
Actor who got the part: Christopher Reeve

Natalie Wood
Considered for the role of Lois Lane.
Actor who got the part: Margot Kidder



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