When it comes to ‘Twilight,’ it’s hard to imagine anyone but Kristen Stewart playing the lead role of Bella Swan. However, did you know that several actresses were considered for the role before Kristen was ultimately cast? Here are 5 actresses who almost played Bella Swan.
Lily Collins, daughter of famous musician Phil Collins, was a top contender for the role of Bella Swan. Collins had experience in acting, having appeared in a few films prior to her Twilight audition, and she even had a connection to the franchise as she had previously dated co-star Taylor Lautner. However, in the end, the role went to Kristen Stewart.
Australian actress Emily Browning was another actress who almost snagged the role of Bella Swan. She was reportedly author Stephenie Meyer’s top choice, but director Catherine Hardwicke had a different vision and went with Kristen Stewart instead. Browning went on to star in several other successful films, including Sucker Punch and Pompeii.
Saoirse Ronan, who was only 14 at the time, was also considered for the role of Bella Swan. She had already made a name for herself in the film industry with her role in ‘Atonement,’ and her audition reportedly impressed the ‘Twilight’ casting team. However, Ronan ultimately turned down the role, citing her desire to take a break from filming.
Michelle Trachtenberg, known for her roles in ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’ and ‘Gossip Girl,’ was also considered for the role of Bella Swan. However, she reportedly turned down the opportunity as she didn’t want to be a part of another vampire-related project after her time on Buffy the Vampire Slayer.
Believe it or not, Academy Award-winning actress Jennifer Lawrence also auditioned for the role of Bella Swan. At the time, she was relatively unknown and had only appeared in a few small roles. However, Lawrence has since gone on to achieve massive success in Hollywood with her roles in films such as ‘The Hunger Games’ and ‘Silver Linings Playbook.’
In the end, the role of Bella Swan went to Kristen Stewart, who became a household name thanks to the success of the ‘Twilight’ franchise. However, it’s interesting to think about what could have been if any of these other talented actresses had landed the role.