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20 Book-To-Movie Characters That Were Cast All Wrong

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Making a book into a movie isn’t easy — ask Peter Jackson. The man took on the task of turning four of the world’s favorite books, The Lord of the Rings series and The Hobbit, into six three-hour movies, and it definitely wasn’t easy to please everyone. There were plot changes, extra characters, questionable costumes, and everything in between. Overall, the movies were successful, but people still had a lot to say. Books captivate our minds, creating worlds we could never dream of, and we want them to exist exactly on screen as they did in our brains. It’s a big undertaking to turn a book into a film, and many people have taken the risk for better or for worse. We think Jackson got it mostly right, especially when it came to character casting. When plot lines turned from weird to questionable in The Desolation of Smaug, at least we knew Ian McKellen‘s Gandalf would make it better.

We’ve seen some of our favorite books get the big screen treatment and have flourished over time because of their casting: Harry PotterThe GodfatherThe Silence of the LambsThe Shining, and more. But what happens when a bad casting call is made? Does it spoil the whole movie? In some cases, yes. In others, it’s just a blip in the bigger picture. But, we can still see the toll it takes on readers turned viewers and their beloved stories. Every movie and every book is only as good as the characters who tell the story, and when those characters are poorly cast, well, it’s hard not to comment. Check out our list of 21 book-to-movie character adaptations that we think were cast all wrong.

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