Turns out dashing Tom Hiddleston's extremely dashing turn as dashing Jonathan Pine in BBC's The Night Manager could have been dashed by the (arguably) more dashing Brad Pitt. Paramount had bought the rights to the John Le Carré novel back in the nineties, with the Hollywood adaption sat in production hell up until Brad Pitt came onboard to star as Pine and produce the movie. Fortunately for the Beeb, Pitt's version also came to nothing, and big Hidds got to play the part that's catapulted him straight to the front of the ever-increasing queue to be the next Bond.
But it's not the first time a part intended for one actor has gone to another - after all, Hollywood is a fickle place. It may come as a surprise to find precisely which roles - many of which turned their actors into household names - were originally to be played by someone else.