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    Updated on Apr 26, 2020. Posted on Apr 26, 2020

    13 Disney Characters Who Could Have Been Played By Different People

    Jim Carrey could have been a Disney prince?!?!

    1. Alicia Keys auditioned for Tiana three times.

    Jungle City, Walt Disney Studio Motion Pictures

    Actually, lots of famous divas wanted the role of Tiana. Jennifer Hudson, Tyra Banks, and Beyoncé all threw their hat in the ring (although Beyoncé refused to audition). Ultimately, the role went to Beyoncé's highly talented Dream Girls co-star, Anika Noni Rose.

    2. According to her memoir, Naya Rivera (AKA Santana from Glee) auditioned for Cheetah Girls AND High School Musical.

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    Apparently, she got pretty close too! She made it past the first few rounds of auditions for both movies.

    3. Disney tried to cast The Beatles The Jungle Book.

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    The animators of The Jungle Book wanted John, Paul, George, and Ringo to cameo in their 1967 film as the four vultures. The Beatles rejected the offer, but that didn't stop the filmmakers from giving the vultures Liverpudlian accents and mop-top haircuts. In the live-action remake, director Jon Favreau tried to get Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr to voice the vultures. Once again, they declined.

    4. Disney considered Amy Poehler for the part of Rapunzel.

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    Before Mandy Moore snagged the role, the Tangled team considered Amy Poehler, Reese Witherspoon, and Natalie Portman. According to Chris Klaytis, one of Tangled's animators, "we wanted [actresses with] unexpected, quirky qualities to shake up expectations of what a princess should be."

    5. Emma Watson turned down La La Land so she could star in Beauty and the Beast...

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    She also turned down the role of Cinderella in Kenneth Branagh's live-action remake.

    6. ...and Ryan Gosling turned down Beauty and the Beast so he could star in La La Land.

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    Eventually, Dan Stevens from Downton Abbey eventually secured that leading role.

    7. Jim Carrey could have voiced Buzz Lightyear.

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    After Billy Crystal turned down the role, Jim Carrey, Bill Murray, and Chevy Chase were considered for the role of Buzz Lightyear before Tim Allen ultimately landed the job.

    8. And he also auditioned for The Little Mermaid as Prince Eric.

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    Can you imagine Jim Carrey as a Disney prince?

    9. Owen Wilson was originally set to play Pacha in The Emperor's New Groove.

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    The Emperor's New Grove was originally going to be totally different. Instead of a screwball, buddy comedy, the film (then titled Kingdom of the Sun) was more of a romantic comedy based on Mark Twain's The Prince and the Pauper. Owen Wilson signed on to play the peasant character, but the movie underwent massive revisions. The peasant character evolved into Pacha, and the role was recast.

    10. Lindsey Lohan was considered for the part of Lizzie McGuire.

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    After the success of The Parent Trap, Lindsey Lohan was one of the top picks to play Lizzie. Ultimately, Disney went with Hilary Duff. Other contenders for the role of Lizzie McGuire include Sara Paxton from Aquamarine, and Hayley Duff, Hilary's older sister.

    11. Taylor Lautner was up for the role of Shane in Camp Rock.

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    After Shark Boy and Lava Girl, and before Twilight, Taylor Lautner auditioned for the Disney Channel original movie and cinematic masterpiece, Camp Rock. The role ultimately went to Joe Jonas, and the script was altered to give bit parts to Kevin and Nick.

    12. Captain Jack Sparrow could have been played by Hugh Jackman.

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    It's so difficult to imagine a non-Johnny Depp version of Captain Jack, but the role was actually written with Hugh Jackman in mind. Ultimately, the studio decided that Johny Depp had more star power.

    13. And the role of Will Turner almost went to Heath Ledger.

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    Tobey Maguire and Christian Bale were also considered for the role.

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