Competition for roles in Hollywood is fierce, with lots of celebrities coming out for one or two parts. We've rounded up our favorite romantic films and the leading twosomes (and threesomes) that almost were. Tell us your favorite could-have-been in the comments section!
Kate Beckinsale would have made for an even more badass Jenny in Gangs of New York, across from Leonardo Dicaprio’s Amsterdam Vallon.
Enchanted would have been a very different film with a leading couple of Christina Aguilera and Val Kilmer.
Henry Cavill and Charlize Theron would have made for an odd couple in the remake of Casino Royale.
Several possible combinations for Vivian and Edward in Pretty Woman could have been Christopher Reeve and Molly Ringwald, Daniel Day-Lewis and Meg Ryan, and Denzel Washington and Michelle Pfeiffer.
Tom Cruise and Teri Hatcher could have taken the lead roles in A Beautiful Mind.
Natalie Portman could have starred across from James McAvoy in Becoming Jane if it weren’t for Anne Hathaway.
Pirates of the Caribbean could have been captained by Heath Ledger and Amanda Bynes.
Johnny Lee Miller and Gwyneth Paltrow would have made an…interesting pair in Ever After.
Imagine a Shakespeare in Love with Meg Ryan and Daniel Day-Lewis.
Brokeback Mountain once ran the chance of centering around Mark Whalberg and Joaquin Phoenix.
Sarah Michelle Gellar would have starred across from Leonardi DiCaprio in Romeo + Juliet if her contract with All My Children hadn’t gotten in the way.