8 actors who were cast in a project but got replaced due to backlash

Sometimes Hollywood actually cares what we think.

Hollywood is definitely not new to bad casting decisions and the public backlash that comes with them. Most of the time, they barely care and move on with their decisions. Many other times after a movie is released, the bad casting decisions become iconic roles…

…but not these eight times. In the examples below, Hollywood decided to listen to the backlash and make changes.


Scarlett Johansson had to step down carpet and tug due to backlash from the LGBTQ+ community.

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In 2018, Scarlett Johansson was cast to play transgender man Dante “Tex” Gill. Although casting a straight cis woman in the role of a trans man was nothing new to Hollywood, fans expected more from Scar Jo.

Scar Jo withdrew from the project after trans activists and LGBTQ+ fans protested the decision. She told Out, “I understand why many feel that Dante ‘Tex’ Gill should be portrayed by a transgender person.”


Will Ferrell has been cast to play an old version of Ronald Reagan in the upcoming movie reagan, but left because of public backlash — including from the former president’s daughter.

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A few days after the announcement in 2016 that Will Ferrell would be cast in the film, the actor’s rep released an announcement that Ferrell would not be part of the film. The announcement came after public backlash, including from the former president’s daughter, Patti Davis.

In an open letter to Ferrell, she wrote: “I watched fear enter my father’s eyes – this man who was afraid of nothing. I heard his voice tremble as he stood in the living room and said, ‘I have no idea where I am,'” Davis wrote in an open letter. “There was laughter in those years,” she continued, “but there never was Humor.”

“That Reagan The screenplay is one of several screenplays submitted to and considered by Will Ferrell. While it is by no means an ‘Alzheimer’s comedy’ as has been suggested, Mr. Ferrell is not pursuing this project,” clarified Ferrell’s rep page six.

The role will now be played by Dennis Quaid.


Zendaya left Aaliyah: The princess of R&B due to the film’s production values ​​and was replaced by Alexandra Shipp.

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In 2014, Zendaya dropped out as the lead actor Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B because the late singer’s family wasn’t thrilled with the biopic. “I tried my best to reach the family myself and I wrote a letter but I couldn’t do it; so I didn’t really feel morally right to go ahead with the project,” Zendaya explained.

The role was later played by Alexander Shipp.


Sacha Baron Cohen got out Bohemian Rhapsody partly due to backlash from existing members of Queen.

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When the film was announced in 2010, Sacha Baron Cohen was initially cast to play the role of Freddie Mercury in the late Queen singer’s biopic. In 2013, the film had a huge hit when Cohen dropped out of the film.

According to that borate Actors, the existing members of the band wanted a cleaner version of the script. “One member of the band – I won’t say who – said, ‘This is such a great film because something amazing happens in the middle of the film.’ I say, ‘What happens in the middle of the movie?’ He says, ‘Freddie is dying […] We see the band getting stronger and stronger.” And I said, ‘Look, not one person is going to see a movie where the main character dies of AIDS, and then you go on [what happens to the band]’ Cohen explained, giving the reason for his departure from the project.

Sacha Baron Cohen was replaced for the role by Rami Malek – for which he won an Oscar.


Leonardo Dicaprio left Mel Gibsons berserk after his infamous racist tirade was leaked online.

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In 2010, Leo DiCaprio would star in Mel Gibson’s Viking epic. berserk. Leo left the project after Gibson’s infamous, career-ending racist tirade was leaked online.

So far there has been no update on the project.


Ed Skrein had to withdraw from that hellboy Reboot over whitewashing allegations.

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Hollywood is definitely notorious for glossing over Asian characters and promoting harmful stereotypes. It was nothing new when Ed Skrein was cast to play the role of a Japanese character, Benjamin Daimio hellboy reboot. Since the film was based on a Japanese comic, fans of the original comics didn’t want to put up with the poor cast and Skrein had to step down from the role.

He shared a statement on twitter in 2017, which said, “Representing ethnic diversity is important, especially to me as I come from a mixed-race family. It is our responsibility to make moral choices in difficult times and to give inclusion a voice. I hope that one day discussions will become less necessary and that we can help make equal representation in the arts a reality.”


Johnny Depp was dropped by the Fantastic Beasts Franchise following allegations of domestic abuse by Amber Heard.

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Johnny Depp had a cameo appearance in the 2016 film Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them and was poised to play a major role in the sequel Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald. This was around the time Amber Heard was granted a restraining order against Depp after she claimed the actor physically and verbally abused her during their marriage.

Depp was replaced by Mads Mikkelsen in the role of Grindelwald.


Gina Carano was fired The Mandalorian (and effectively the entire Star Wars universe) after posting hateful comments online.

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After you were a part of Dead Pool and the mandalorian, Gina Carano caught everyone’s attention for all the wrong reasons. In February 2021, she took to the internet to make problematic statements comparing American politics to the Holocaust. She has also spoken out publicly against transgender people.

Following the statements, a LucasFilm spokesperson confirmed to The Verge that “Gina Carano is not currently employed by LucasFilm and there are no plans that she will be in the future. Yet her social media posts denigrating people because of their cultural and religious identity are abhorrent and unacceptable.”

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