Daniel Craig has reportedly been offered close to 200 million USD to continue playing agent 007! The 48-year-old English actor has been asked to continue his James Bond spy role for two more films. The franchise for which Craig has already played the iconic spy in four films – Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre – is very eager to have him continue playing the part. Last October, in an interview with Time, Craig had expressed that he is done with the role. He said, "I'd rather break this glass and slash my wrists. No, not at the moment. Not at all. I'm over it at the moment. We're done. All I want to do is move on."
While Daniel Craig is being offered a hefty sum, there are many others who've been either given the boot or were written off of their franchise. Let's have a look at these hapless actors.
The casting of Hulk has been an incredible tale in itself. The character moved from Eric Bana to Edward Norton. Bana was replaced due to poor reception of the character.
Hulk – casting continues
The character moved again from Edward Norton to Mark Ruffalo. The second time change was due to Marvel's rocky relationship with Norton. In the end, we ended up with Ruffalo playing the green-guy for The Avengers.
Val Kilmer replaced Michael Keaton on Batman Forever. However, after tiffs with the director, Schumacher was re-hired and Kilmer was dropped from Batman & Robin.
Another Bat's tale
George Clooney was the original face of the franchise in the 1997 Batman & Robin installment. But due to the poor performance of the film, Batman Begins saw a new face being cast as Bruce Wayne. Clooney was replaced by Christan Bale, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Tobey McGuire started off as the teen hero who swings from buildings as the favorite superhero Spiderman. But the franchise decided to replace his after three films. Andrew Garfield was chosen as the new face being the Spiderman mask because the producers thought McGuire was no longer believable as a character in his teens.
Jack Sprarrow's sidekicks
Pirates of the Caribbean is all about Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and there's no doubt about that. But Orlando Bloom and Keira Knightley's characters brought a great angle to the story. However, the actors were written out of the film based on the franchise's disinterest in paying to bring them back on board. Their characters were replaced by new characters played by Sam Calflin and Astrid Berges-Frisbey.
The Twilight Vampire
For the first two Twilight movies, Rachelle Lefevre played the vamp vampire Victoria. But she was dropped for the third film Eclipse. Schedule clashes lead to the franchise dropping Lefevre for Bryce Dallas Howard.
James Rhodes or War Machine is an important character in the Iron Man franchise. Terrence Howard was the actor who was initially playing the role, but he was replaced by Don Cheadle who has played the character since the sequel.
In the 2004 Batman spin-off Catwoman, Michelle Pfeiffer was the lady who got Warner Bros a smashing hit. However, the production house went in a different direction with the storyline and lost the actress. Halle Berry became the next Catwoman for the franchise.
Nightcrawler's character became a huge hit in the X-Men 2. British actor Alan Cumming played the character and was loved as Nightcrawler. However, he did not return in X-Men III: Mutants United because of a waning interest in being covered in blue make-up for the duration of another film shoot! Fox decided to give him a miss in the film.
The Lady in The Mummy
Rachel Weiz did a splendid job as the geeky-yet-stunning librarian-turned-adventurer Evelyn Carnahan for the first two installments of The Mummy. However for the third film, The Mummy-Tomb of the Dragon Emperor (which went into production for almost seven years), she decided to move on and the role went to Maria Bello.
Feeling not so lucky? Well, you aren't alone!