It isn’t uncommon for talent to come and go from a project in Hollywood. Sometimes lining up the right studio, actors and filmmakers seems like a miracle. Yet there have been times when the perfect choice for a film is taken or removed from a high-profile project. Such losses inevitably trickle down and affect the finished film, often ruining it in the process. Here are 15 films that may have turned out better had the project’s proposed talents been retained.
Oz the Great and Powerful
Oz: The Great and Powerful has garnered success despite a lukewarm critical reaction. The Sam Raimi-directed film has gotten a lot of criticism, much of it directed toward lead actor James Franco. In the film Franco, a regular actor in Raimi films, is cast as a wisecracking magician who finds himself whisked into the magical world of Oz. Interestingly enough, Franco replaced original star Robert Downey Jr, an actor perfectly suited for roguish roles who was likely the superior choice between the two.