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 Scarlett Johansson in Jumanji? Ben Affleck in Clueless? We can’t believe it either. 

The roles your favorite stars almost played

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scarlett Johansson in jumanji

In 2011, an audition tape of a young Johansson reading for Kirsten Dunst's role as Judy in Jumanji (1995) hit the internet. While Johansson has since become a star in her own right, Dunst was already known from her role in Interview With the Vampire opposite Brad Pitt and Tom Cruise.

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ben affleck in clueless

 Ben Affleck was the frontrunner to play Josh in 1995’s Clueless according to a 2015 Vanity Fair article. "I thought [Affleck] would be fabulous for it,” said the cult film’s casting director. 

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liam hemsworth in thor

"I came in kind of with a little, I guess, motivation and maybe frustration that my little brother had gotten further than me. It’s a little family, sibling rivalry sort of kicked up in me,” said Thor star Chris Hemsworth, because his first audition didnt’ go well. Not to worry, Liam found fame in The Hunger Games franchise. 

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tom hiddleston in thor

 Speaking of the God of Thunder, Loki star Tom Hiddleston was also up for the role: "They were always looking for Loki as well, and I think — the closer I got, they were like, 'Actually, you should play the bad guy.'" 

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jennifer lawrence in twilight

Much like her Hunger Games costar Liam Hemsworth, Lawrence could’ve become a household name with franchise, saying later that she’s not sure she would’ve handled the Twilight fame: "For me, and assuming for her, it was just another audition. Then it turned into this whole other thing."

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gwen stefani in mr. and mrs. smith

It’s hard to picture a world without Brangelina, but luckily we don’t have to. In a 2016 interview, Gwen told Howard Stern, "[It was] very competitive and I wanted to do it, but I wanted to do music more,” leaving us unsure if we would’ve been rocking “Team Gwen” shirts in 2005.

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