Movies franchises are cast with a goal of long-term collaboration. The artist unites to make a movie that will be loved by the audiences.
However, during execution somethings happen that foil the best-laid plan and as a result, some part of the casting requires shuffling for continuity. This is not always the best thing.
If these movies are anything to go by, they have proven the change in the cast have not fared well at the box office especially when it comes to franchise movies.
#1. Speed 2 – Jason Patrick
This sequel to the blockbuster hit that was Speed starring Keanu Reeves and Sandra Bullock should never have been made. Especially after Reeves was not part of the project, he was replaced by Jason Patric. The bane plotline also had something to do with its failure.
#2. Catwoman – Halle Berry
Unlike the Marvel movies, DC has had some really awful luck with reboots. Michelle Pffiefer gave a stunning performance as Cat Woman/Selina Kyle in Tim Burton’s Batman Returns (1992) was largely loved by the audience and comic book fans because it was true to her portrayal in the comics.
Halle Berry’s portrayal of the characters was much hated and even won her a Razzie for it.
#3. Evan Almighty – Steve Carell
Bruce Almighty was a comedic masterpiece. That was all because of Jim Carrey. While Steve Carell is a great comedian in his own right, Evan Almighty didn’t need to exist. The film did not have the tightest plot and at times was silly. You strike gold, once.
#4. Harry Potter and The Prisoner Of Azkaban – Micheal Gambon
Richard Harris passed away sometime after the second film in the Harry Potter franchise. They obviously had to replace the actor playing Dumbledore. Micheal Gambon stepped in, however, his take on the beloved Dumbledore did not go well with the fans. He did not read the books before playing the role and what you saw is an aggressive professor instead of a wise, calm and collected character on screen.
He did bring back the character from the book in the last few movies though, but the damage had already been done.
#5. Batman Forever – Val Kilmer
Val Kilmer’s Batman was unanimously considered as the worst in DC franchise. The film while a successful at the box office but nobody really understood why it existed, especially so close to Tim Burton’s version which had released just 4 years ago. Kilmer, however, got a lot of bad rep for not playing the character as well as his predecessors.
#6. Hannibal – Julianne Moore
A sequel to Silence of the Lambs this one – while a decent film – wasn’t as powerful. Jodie Foster won an Oscar for her role as Clarice Starling but chose not to reprise the role in the sequel. Julianne Moore had a tough job of stepping into the shoes of a perfect performance. Her performance wasn’t bad but it wasn’t great either.
#7. Home Alone 3 – entire cast!
There was no reason for this movie to be made. The first two were perfect and did not need any more sequels. While the third film promised more chaos, it was boring in reality. The brilliant star cast of Joe Pesci, Macaulay Culkin, Daniel Stern, John Heard and Catherine O’Hara was sorely missed and the results were for everyone to see.