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Old 09-11-2013, 09:51
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I was thinking about films that were going to be played by a different actor but never did due to that actor's death.

I know that Aaliyah was meant to do The Matrix and play the role that Jada Pinkett did. She was also meant to do Honey, which Jessica Alba did, and was also going to do Sparkle, after Whitney Houston fought hard to get her in the role, which eventually got shelved for several years and was eventually played by Jordin Sparks.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:28
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The only one I can think of is Dark Blood, the film River Phoenix was making when he died.

As far as I'm aware, this film never got finished.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:53
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Leslie Neilsen was going to star in a fourth Naked Gun movie back in 2010 but he sadly passed away before it was filmed.
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Old 09-11-2013, 10:56
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Bruce Lee had apparently agreed to play a villain in the James Bond movie "Man with a golden gun" before he passed away.
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Old 09-11-2013, 11:22
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Marilyn Monroe was signed to star in 'Kiss Me Stupid' with Dean Martin but died before production began...Kim Novak took the role (just as well...dreadful film).

Jeffrey Hunter (King of Kings, Capt. Kirk in Star Trek pilot episode) signed to film The Desperados in 1969 but died of brain haemorrhage soon after.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:12
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Steve McQueen was offered the role of the bodyguard in The Bodyguard opposite Diana Ross when the film was going to be made in 1976 but it kept getting postponed and of course he died years before it got made.

Poltergeist actress Dominique Dunne was signed for a role in V: The Final Battle (1984) when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
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Old 09-11-2013, 12:35
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The only one I can think of is Dark Blood, the film River Phoenix was making when he died.

As far as I'm aware, this film never got finished.
This was actually finished this year... you will find it if you look hard enough!!

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Old 09-11-2013, 14:03
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Charlotte Coleman
Meant to appear in Bright Young Things and Anita and Me. She was to meet about appearing in The Heart of Me (at the time, known as The Echo) and The Magdalene Sisters, but she died before the meetings could take place.
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Old 09-11-2013, 14:27
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James Dean was scheduled to star in the Rocky Graziano story, but when he died Paul Newman took over the role, and he was a smash hit in Somebody Up There Likes Me. I don't think that Dean would have been so memorable in that role.
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Old 09-11-2013, 14:36
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Jack Benny was due to do 'The Sunshine Boys' and died before filming started. George Burns stepped in and won the Oscar.
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Old 09-11-2013, 17:41
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Montgomery Clift was due to star with Elizabeth Taylor in 'Reflections in A Golden Eye' and did 'The Defector' in 1966 as a 'warm-up' to show he could still act after being considered uninsurable since 'Freud' (in which he was great, but there were lots of shenanigans on that film; from what I've heard, not least because of the director)

Marlon Brando took the role after Clift died.

Ironically, imho 'The Defector' is a pretty interesting film, and not just because it was Monty's last role before his death, and 'Reflections...' is absolutely dreadful.
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Old 09-11-2013, 20:05
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bill murray replaced john belushi in ghostbusters.
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Old 09-11-2013, 20:39
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Weren't Roy Kinnear and John Candy both filming when they died? I'm not sure if there parts were cut or the films cancelled.
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Old 09-11-2013, 23:34
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The only one I can think of is Dark Blood, the film River Phoenix was making when he died.

As far as I'm aware, this film never got finished.
River Phoenix was also scheduled to film Interview With A Vampire, Christian Slater was recast in the role after Phoenix's death.
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Old 10-11-2013, 09:36
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Weren't Roy Kinnear and John Candy both filming when they died? I'm not sure if there parts were cut or the films cancelled.
Roy died in 1988, following a fall from a horse, making the movie, The Return of the Musketeers.

John Candy died six years later of a heart attack. I don't think they were ever in the same movie together though.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:16
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Chris Farley was due to play Shrek, even recorded his lines but was replaced by Mike Myers upon his death. There was another film too, that he was due to star in but i can't remember the name.
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Old 10-11-2013, 12:27
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Presumably Richard Harris was signed on for a few more Harry Potters before Michael Gambon took over.
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Old 10-11-2013, 13:46
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Roy died in 1988, following a fall from a horse, making the movie, The Return of the Musketeers.

John Candy died six years later of a heart attack. I don't think they were ever in the same movie together though.
degsyhufc was referring to 2 separate films.

Kinnear's part in the Musketeers film still stands (they used a double and a soundalike in some scenes).

The makers of Wagons East also used a double for scenes they could not re-write without Candy's character.
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Old 10-11-2013, 14:42
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Poltergeist actress Dominique Dunne was signed for a role in V: The Final Battle (1984) when she was murdered by her ex-boyfriend.
Sorry to be picky but it was the first V mini-series she was filming when she was murdered, playing Robin.
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Old 10-11-2013, 14:45
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She wasn't signed but the producers of Superman apparently wanted Joan Crawford for Ma Kent. She was too ill however and died before production.
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Old 10-11-2013, 15:42
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degsyhufc was referring to 2 separate films.

Kinnear's part in the Musketeers film still stands (they used a double and a soundalike in some scenes).

The makers of Wagons East also used a double for scenes they could not re-write without Candy's character.
Thanks. Yes those are what I was referring to.
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Old 10-11-2013, 22:44
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Heath Ledger was filming the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when he died
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Old 11-11-2013, 01:34
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Vic Morrow was famously decapitated along with 2 kids whilst filming The Twilight Zone. He's still in the picture, the kids roles were cut.
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Old 11-11-2013, 05:51
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Heath Ledger was filming the Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus when he died
Would he have been in the Dark Knight Rises? I think the film would have benefited from a few scenes from him, locked up in Arkham, or perhaps involved in the prison breakout scenes. It's a great shame.
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Old 11-11-2013, 13:21
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Oliver Reed died during the filming of Gladiator. They had to shoot some scenes using CGI and one using a mannequin.
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