Over the years we have seen a whole host of different movie roles going to certain stars, before those stars then decide to pull out of the project, with a new star coming in to replace them. One of the biggest casting changes in recent years would have to be Jamie Dornan replacing Charlie Hunnam as Christian Gray in the upcoming movie 50 Shades of Gray but there have been plenty more big ones over the years.
One of the biggest and most talked about casting changes, would have to be in the 1990 movie The Godfather: Part III, which saw actress Winona Ryder cast in the role as Mary Corleone, before she eventually decided to pull out. Winona was then replaced by Sofia Coppola, which left many to question "What if?", including film critic Mick LaSalle who recently spoke about the movie.
Lasalle wrote, "The one I’ve thought about most over the years is what would have happened if Winona Ryder hadn’t dropped out of 'The Godfather: Part III.' Unlike a lot of critics, I thought Sofia Coppola was fine as Michael Corleone’s daughter, but considering the crucial function that she served in the movie, Winona Ryder would have been better."
He added, "I also wonder — this is genuine wondering, not an assertion — if the softening of Michael into something more like Mario Puzo or Francis Coppolamight have been lessened had the analogy between the lead character and director not been literalized and emphasized by the presence of the director’s own daughter in the daughter role."
Do you think Winona Ryder would have been better than Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone in The Godfather: Part III?