A very different group of girls could’ve been the ones to play light as a feather, stiff as a board in The Craft.
To celebrate The Craft’s 20th anniversary, The Huffington Post assembled some of the film’s cast and crew for an oral history of the cult classic. One of those people was casting director Pam Dixon, who spoke about the many, many actresses she screen tested to fill out The Craft’s collection of weirdos — including a few famous faces.
“We did these tests, and we tested a lot of girls, some of whom have become really well-known,” Dixon told The Huffington Post. “We actually had a hold on somebody that we had to let go because she got offered another film, and we didn’t know if the movie was really happening. That girl was Angelina Jolie. She did Foxfire instead. Another person who came in was Scarlett Johansson, who was just 12 at the time. The other girl was Alicia Silverstone. This would have been ’95. She had just shot Clueless, but it had not come out. Alicia also got something between the time that we read them and the time we were really going to make the movie, so we couldn’t pick her up either and she went to do something else. They were all really for Sarah.”
Instead, the role of Sarah went to Robin Tunney, with Neve Campbell, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True rounding out the coven.
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Producer Doug Wick also gave an update on the upcoming sequel, which Sony Pictures first announced last year, with horror director Leigh Janiak set to direct.
“It’s not so much a remake — it’s sort of saying young women exploring their power, what would that be like right now?” Wick explained. “Obviously it’s an incredibly relevant, exciting subject, so we hired a really great female writer/director, Leigh Janiak, who also has a talented writing partner. We were only going to explore it if there was an exciting way to go, and they came in with [something] very fresh — a new group of girls, much more of this era, who begin some explorations with power that they don’t understand. They had just incredibly compelling ideas for a way to make a new, exciting, surprising movie for teenage girls.”
Read The Huffington Post’s full oral history here.