Casting rumors that never came true — and would have changed everything

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In some parallel universe somewhere, Harrison Ford isn't a big screen legend, Bryan Cranston is still known as the dad from “Malcolm in the Middle,” Emily Browning is a household name, and Batman used to date Buffy.

Casting for movies and TV shows can be a tricky business, but when the right performer is picked to play the right role, magic can occur. It's interesting to note however just how many of those magic combinations almost never existed, with many iconic roles nearly going to other stars (or potential stars)

We've dug up eleven of the juiciest TV and film casting rumors from the recent years that never came true. 

See which stars almost played Batman, James Bond, Bella Swan, Neo, and more below:

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