What could have been? The question is the basis for most fiction, but even in fiction there are endless fractals of could have beens and should bes. Sometimes the best actor in the world auditions for a role and doesn’t get it, and sometimes the perfect part isn’t meant to be. Despite that, though, sometimes great actors find great roles later. Much, much later, in some cases. 

Sometimes an actor wasn’t right for the role, or had to take a different one, or sometimes they just weren’t as good as they could have been if circumstances had been different. Hey, it happens.

From Star Wars to Doctor Who to the 19 million Marvel movies we’ll be bombarded with next week, here’s a roundup of actors who tried to find a role in a show or movie, and failed — only to come back in a much, much (sometimes much) different role later on.

Joker and Batman in 'The Dark Knight' Trilogy

Same series, almost a different role THE DARK KNIGHT TRILOGY HEATH LEDGER as Batman Before Christian Bale took the role, Ledger was up for the Dark Knight, but turned it down. CRACKED.COM

Source: CBR

Draco and Harry in 'Harry Potter'

Same series, almost a different role HARRY POTTER TOM FELTON as Harry Potter Felton tried out for Potter before becoming his nemesis. CRACKED.COM

Source: Cinemablend

Dwight and Michael in 'The Office'

Same series, almost a different role THE OFFICE RAINN WILSON as Michael Scott Assistant to the Regional Manager? No. Regional Manager. Wilson auditioned for Michael before ending up as Dwight Schrute (and usurping him). CRACKED.COM

Source: Showbiz CheatSheet

Doctor Strange and Malekith in the MCU

Same series, almost a different role MARVEL CINEMATIC UNIVERSE BENEDICT CUMBERBATCH as Malekith Before taking the role of the Sorcerer Supreme, Cumberbatch almost ended up the villain in the worst Thor movie. CRACKED.COM

Source: The Direct

Bill and Ted in 'Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure'

Same series, almost a different role BILL & TED'S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE BILL and TED as each other Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves didn't even know who was who until the costume fitting. CRACKED.COM

Source: Express

Jonathan and Xander in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

Same series, almost a different role BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER DANNY STRONG as Xander Now best known for making Dopesick, co-making Empire, and writing Mockingjay, Strong originally auditioned for the lead role of Xander. CRACKED.COM

Source: POPSUGAR

Deaton and Allison's Dad in 'Teen Wolf'

Same series, almost a different role TEEN WOLF JR BOURNE as Dr. Deaton Bourne came in for Deaton, but ended up as Chris Argent, werewolf hunter. CRACKED.COM

Source: Just Jared

Lisa in 'Saved by the Bell'

Same series, almost a different role ? SAVED BY THE BELL LARK VOORHIES as some girl Voorhies was in for a guest role, but they had her read for Lisa Turtle instead. She ended up getting the role, and the character changed around her. CRACKED.COM

Source: Today

Caleb and Angel in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

Same series, almost a different role BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER NATHAN FILLION as Angel Before showing up as archnemesis priest Caleb, Nathan Fillion was almost Buffy's paramour. He'd get his own Whedon show later with Firefly. CRACKED.COM

Source: Screen Rant

Cordelia and Buffy in 'Buffy the Vampire Slayer'

Same series, almost a different role BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER CHARISMA CARPENTER as Buffy After trying out for Buffy, Carpenter ended up as Cordelia (after the original Cordelia ended up as Kendra). CRACKED.COM

Source: Express

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