50 actresses, I wish I’d directed in my favourite films

The Women’s March sparked an interest in me to figure out how many of my favourite films had female leads in them. Being a director, I don’t have one single favourite film, I have hundreds, in every genre that exists. From this massive list, there are a few that I would have loved to have directed, of course, they were directed by male legends and are legendary films, so there’s no need for a remake, however, I started thinking about these films and wondering which actress I would have cast as the lead if I were directing it and the lead character had been changed to a female.

Here are 50 of my favourite films, which I wish I’d directed and the actresses that I would have cast as the lead instead. Let me know if you agree or disagree. If you disagree let me know the actress you would have love to have seen play the part ; )

  1. Viola Davis has really had her chance to shine in the last couple of years. Wish she had been given the opportunity sooner as there are so many roles that she could have played brilliantly but the one I would have loved to have worked with her on would have been John Milton in The Devil’s Advocate which to this day is still one of my favourite films
  2. Being Australian, Cate Blanchett is actress I have always admired and wish to direct one day and I know she would have been perfect as Mrs Gustave in The Grand Budapest Hotel
  3. Tilda Swinton is phenomenal and would have played Edward ScissorhandsEllen Scissorhands brilliantly
  4. Lindsay Lohan as Leonard in Memento
  5. Nicole Kidman as Vincent in Collateral Being an Aussie, I can’t help but say anything Tom can do Nicole can do better; )
  6. Helen Mirren is a legend and after seeing her in RED why couldn’t see be the lead in Mission: Impossible. Who is to say that ladies can’t kick as??? Who is to say that older ladies don’t kick ass. I know a lot that do, so let’s start glorifying them. Let’s kill the stereotypes that only young men are the tough masterminds and that women are their weak lovers.
  7. Margot Robbie as Young in Self/less
  8. Kate Beckinsale as Neo in The Matrix would have been way hotter
  9. Helena Bonham Carter as Jack in The Shining 
  10. Alicia Vikander as Cobb in Inception
  11. Sigourney Weaver as Riggan in Birdman
  12. Chloë Grace Moretz as Eddie Limitless
  13. Rosamund Pike as Cooper in Interstellar
  14. Emily Blunt as Danny in The Master
  15. Toni Collette as Nick in The Internship
  16. Julia Roberts as Mr White in Reservoir Dogs 
  17. Sarita Choudhury as Theodore in Her, film now titled HIM
  18. Kristen Bell as Mark In The Martian
  19. Charlize Theron as Jeffry in Twelve Monkeys
  20. Winona Ryder as Charlie in Rain Man
  21. Jennifer Lawrence as Derek in American History X 
  22. Isla Fisher as Willy in Fracture
  23. Jennifer Connelly as John in a Beautiful Mind
  24. Mila Kunis as Travis in Taxi Driver 
  25. Thandie Newton as Clyde in Law Abiding Citizen
  26. Anne Hathaway as Trevor in The Machinist
  27. Priyanka Chopra as Robert in I Am Legend
  28. Rose Byrne as Phil in The Hangover
  29. Kate Winslet as Dr Malcome Corwe in The Sixth Sense
  30. Geena Davis as Brody in Jaws
  31. Naomi Watts as Tomas in The Fountain
  32. Vera Farmiga as Milles in Se7en
  33. Emma Thompson as Vincent in Heat
  34. Jennifer Connelly as Freddie in The Master
  35. Carey Mulligan as Davis in Demolition
  36. Marion Cotillard as Léon in Léon: The Professional
  37. Scarlett Johansson as John in Equilibrium
  38. Claire Danes as Danny in Blood Diamond
  39. Sienna Miller as Renton in Trainspotting 
  40. Jingchu Zhang as Brian in Cocktail
  41. Julianne Moore Korben in The Fifth Element
  42. Penélope Cruz as Gabriel in Swordfish
  43. Rachel Weisz as the next 007, Jane Bond
  44. Emma Stone would make a great Bourne
  45. Maggie Gyllenhaal is a brilliant actress that would have been just as good as her brother in Nightcrawler
  46. Felicity Huffman as J.J.Gittes in Chinatown
  47. Audrey Tautou as Frodo in Lord of the Rings
  48. Natalie Portman Teddy in Shutter Island
  49. Angelina Jolie as Django in Django
  50. Meryl Streep could have played all of these roles and much more but I guess I would have loved to have directed her in Forrest Gump

These are just a few films that I love and actresses that I think could have played the male lead. Of course, the actors did a brilliant job, however, I do feel that an actress could have done the same or an even better job if given the opportunity. It’s about giving them the opportunity which we are still not giving them because we are afraid that the rest of the world won’t believe if the character were female. I have met some amazing women in high-powered positions as well as dangerous one, the type you position some still think that only men can have, but it isn’t true anymore and hasn’t been for a long time. Women do everything men do, and so it is high time that writers, directors, producers, Hollywood executives thoroughly looked at all the characters in a screenplay before it goes into production so see if the sex of some of the characters could be changed. Becuase if they can be changed they should be. If we are to see equality in the real world it must be seen on the big screen. What I am basically trying to say, is that women don’t always have to be the love interests, the sexy seductresses, the best friends, the mothers and so no. They can be and are the gangsters, the CEOs, Lawyers, pilots, providers, murderers, scientist, the world leaders, the healers, the psycho’s, the war hero’s, the shakers and the movers and it’s high time Hollywood started to represent all these women. When Hollywood starts giving the big characters, the important money making roles to women, the rest of the world will follow.


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