Imagine: Being Will Turner’s younger sibling and dating Jack Sparrow. [x]
Will: Did you just flirt with Jack, Y/N? Jack: Of course they did. *smirks* That’s what you do when you’re *mockingly* ‘courting’, isn’t that right, Y/N? Y/N: Definitely, love. *walks closer to Jack* We’re dating, Will. Will: When were you going to tell me about this? Y/N? Jack? Jack: We were planning on you just.. finding out? Will: *sighs* *sarcastically* Brilliant.
I’ve been keeping tabs on these for a while. With the never ending Bond rumors (is he or isn’t he?), I thought it would be fun to list all the past rumored projects he was attached to. These projects are either dead, stalled, or the roles went to other actors, but I thought having some trivia on Tom’s roles over the years and the choices he ended up making are fun to piece together. Tom said in the past that he kept a little journal that names all the roles he’s lost out on. Eventually he stopped doing that. He’s also said he’s not very good with auditions. Some of these, he clearly dodged some bullets. Others, I wish they didn’t stall. Anyhoo, enjoy:
Date Reported: 2002 (auditioned, but role eventually went to Orlando Bloom)
Rumored Role: Will Turner
Project Status: Film Released in 2003
Synopsis: Capt. Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) arrives at Port Royal in the Caribbean without a ship or crew. His timing is inopportune, however, because later that evening the town is besieged by a pirate ship. The pirates kidnap the governor’s daughter, Elizabeth (Keira Knightley), who’s in possession of a valuable coin that is linked to a curse that has transformed the pirates into the undead. A gallant blacksmith (Orlando Bloom) in love with Elizabeth allies with Sparrow in pursuit of the pirates.
Trivia: Tom had this to say about the missed opportunity: “The hardest part is not getting the part you really wanted,” he admitted. “The worst one for me was missing out on the Orlando Bloom role in Pirates Of The Caribbean.”. Tom was only 21 at the time.
Synopsis: As the son of Odin (Anthony Hopkins), king of the Norse gods, Thor (Chris Hemsworth) will soon inherit the throne of Asgard from his aging father. However, on the day that he is to be crowned, Thor reacts with brutality when the gods’ enemies, the Frost Giants, enter the palace in violation of their treaty. As punishment, Odin banishes Thor to Earth. While Loki (Tom Hiddleston), Thor’s brother, plots mischief in Asgard, Thor, now stripped of his powers, faces his greatest threat.
Trivia: Tom originally auditioned for the role of Thor, but he was eventually cast as Loki. In his contract, producers stated they were trying him out for both roles. Seems like they made the right call. Kenneth Branagh, his mentor, encouraged him to try out for the movie that he was set to direct. This decision changed Tom’s life and career path.
Synopsis: Black Wings Has My Angel is a fictional crime novel by American novelist Elliott Chaze, published by Gold Medal Books in 1953. It centers on an escaped convict, Tim Sunblade, and his plot to rob an armored truck while being wrapped up in a love/hate relationship with Virginia, a call girl he meets in Mississippi.
Trivia: The project was ready to shoot by that fall, but Anna Paquin’s pregancy delayed production. As of now, there is no update to the project, but it seems to remain indefinitely in development.
Rumored Role: Peter Lake (auditioned for the role, which eventually went to Colin Farrell)
Project Status: Film Released in 2014
Synopsis: A sweeping drama about reincarnation, the story is set in the early 20th century and focuses on a thief on the run who, when breaking into a wealthy man’s home, strikes up a relationship with the man’s terminally ill daughter. A flying horse and a time-shift 100 years also figures into the equation.
Trivia: It was said that this was the film where Elizabeth Olsen and Tom met and auditioned for but didn’t get the lead roles, but they remained friends from the experience.
Synopsis: Stanley Grubb (Josh Gad), the world’s most boring and dull man, has a shadow named Stan (Kevin McDonald) who wants more excitement but can’t have it because he’s attached to Stanley. When Stan uncovers a criminal plot in the shadow world that involves an evil shadow who wants to lead a rebellion to take over the human world, he decides to take control of Stanley to give him a glimpse of adventure and to also stop the shadow villain from leading the rebellion. The two of them goes onto an adventure throughout the shadow world to investigate the situation and face the villain before the villain and the shadows set out to the human world to take control of their humans.
Trivia: The film will have a blend of both CGI and hand-drawn animation.
Synopsis: The film, set during the 1930’s, tells the true story of war photographers Gerda Toro (Atwell) and Robert Capa (Hiddleston). The film follows their meeting in Paris through their work in the Spanish Cil War in the latter part of the decade.
Trivia: Tom dyed his hair black, ready for filming that summer, when financing fell through, which ended production. This would have been Tom’s first on screen collaboration with Hayley Atwell and upcoming director Paul Andrew Williams.
Rumored Role: Eric Draven/The Crow (after a very long list of casted/rumored actors, Jason Mamoa is the latest)
Project Status: In Development
Synopsis: The night before his wedding, musician Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally murdered by members of a violent inner-city gang. On the anniversary of their death, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of the Crow, a supernatural avenger. Tracking down the thugs responsible for the crimes and mercilessly murdering them, Eric eventually confronts head gangster Top Dollar to complete his macabre mission.
Trivia: Tom excitedly applied the iconic makeup himself and sent producers his take on Draven.
Date Reported: 2012(??)
Rumored Role: Curtis
Project Status: Film Released in 2013
Synopsis: A post-apocalyptic ice age forces humanity’s last survivors aboard a globe-spanning supertrain. One man (Chris Evans) will risk everything to lead a revolt for control of the engine and the future of the world.
Trivia: Bong Joon-Ho, the director, originally wanted Michael Fassbender for the role of Curtis. His next wishlist actor was Tom, who also passed on the role due to scheduling conflict filming Thor: The Dark World that year. His Marvel colleague, Chris Evans, eventually filled in the role to the fantasy drama.
Synopsis: The story follows the famous marathoner who not only survived the Nazi occupation, but went on to win the Boston Marathon to raise money for Greece’s relief. It does not appear to chronicle his entire life, and I think that’s a wise choice by filmmakers, as sprawling biopics are often watered down and unfocused. Think of good ones like “Capote,” or “The Queen,” that focus on specific instances in a person’s life that help define them.
Synopsis: A tale of British infantrymen and their time in the trenches of Saint-Quentin, Aisne, at the latter stages of the war.
Trivia: Benedict Cumberbatch was strongly rumored for Stanhope’s role, which was even listed on his IMDb; however, the project has since been removed from his page and remains in development. It has yet to be formally financed. The film included casting rumors for Eddie Redmayne. Perhaps the producers wanted to cash in on the trifecta of the hot young British trio during time of the project announcement.
Rumored Role: Ben-Hur (eventually turned down role)
Project Status: Film Released in 2016
Synopsis: Judah Ben-Hur was a Jewish prince and Messala the son of a Roman tax collector. After the latter leaves to be educated in Rome for five years, the young man returns with a different attitude and mocks Judah and his religion. When a procession passes by Judah’s house and a roof tile accidentally falls and hits the governor, Messala betrays his childhood friend and manipulates the accident so that Judah is sold into slavery and certain death on a Roman warship, with his mother and sister thrown in prison for life. Judah vows revenge, culminating in the famed chariot races.
Trivia: This role, along with Will Traynor were both offered as a packaged deal by MGM to Tom, but he turned both roles down. Despite already turning down the role weeks before, the press release still attached Tom’s name to draw interest to the project. The role eventually went to Jask Huston.
Trivia: At one point, bets from Coral had to be suspended due to high volume placed toward’s Tom’s name as the bid for the next Bond. However, rumors have since cooled, following a high profile romance, along with the continuing speculation that Daniel Craig has yet to hang his hat on the role just yet. Negotiations are still undergoing, while EON hunt for their new distributor after their Sony contract ends.
If there are more, I’ll be sure to add later on. If image credit is yours, let me know and I can tag. Also, I took forever to write and research this, so please source this if you cite outside of tumblr.