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‘The Craft’ Could Have Starred Alicia Silverstone, Scarlett Johansson, or Even Angelina Jolie!

‘The Craft’ Could Have Starred Alicia Silverstone, Scarlett Johansson, or Even Angelina Jolie!

Also, the studio regretted the film’s “R”-rating…

EW just published a lengthy oral history of the making of Andrew Fleming‘s classic 1996 The Craft that has all sorts of juicy nuggets of info. While we’ll always remember Fairuza Balk, Robin Tunney, Neve Campbell, and Rachel True as the quartet of teen witches, there were some huge names in contention.

“We tested Alicia Silverstone, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, but Neve came in and she was really, really good,” casting director Pam Dixon revealed.

Yes, the “Party of Five” star gave Silverstone, Johansson, and Jolie a run for their money, but it’s damned interesting to try and imagine the film with any of those future stars in an early witch-y role.

Hackers D: Angelina Jolie, Jonny Lee Miller R: Iain Softley

Fleming also revealed that he had penned a “Craft” pilot for Fox. The story takes an interesting turn:

“I wrote a pilot of ‘The Craft’ for Fox,” said Fleming. “The WB wanted to take it and Fox wouldn’t let it go. And then the next year, ‘Charmed’ came out.”

Tunney added: “‘Charmed’ is a rip-off of ‘The Craft’. It was completely obvious to the point that people would think I was on ‘Charmed’ for years after.”

Another bombshell was writer Peter Filardi‘s reveal that the studio regretted the “R”-rating. “I wasn’t surprised that the film found an audience, but the studio was. They called me in weeks later and said, ‘We underestimated this film. If we had known we might have marketed it differently.’ It should have never been rated R.

Added Flemming: “[The rating] was a surprise because we actually sent the script to the MPAA for rating in advance, and we had held off on any really hard language or nudity or graphic violence because we wanted a PG-13. They said, ‘This is an R.’ When we asked why, they said, ‘Because it’s about devil worship and teens and we don’t want to encourage that.’ I told them Paganism is not devil worship; it’s actually a line in the movie.”

Producer Douglas Wick has a different take: “[The rating] was all about teen suicide. There was an idea that if you never talked about it, teens wouldn’t think about it. That’s where we got punished for a certain level of reality.”

You can read the entire article over here.



  • Christopher Nickerson

    Remember rushing out to see this opening night. It was horrible. How did this get to become a “classic”

  • Azrael25

    ….Scarlett Johansson was only ten years old when The Craft came out, so unless it was originally going to be about kid witches….no.

    • HeteroFriendly

      “…something is off about this EW article .”

      Sometimes I have a strong suspicion that the various tentacles of the larger media conglomerate monopoly have a hubris for just making things up out of their axxes whenever it suits them for whatever reason.

      Who’s in a position to call them out for it or stop them.

      • DrCakewalk

        Sometimes I think I’ll never be surprised by the stupidity of people, but then a post like this comes along…

        “Who’s in a position to call them out for it or stop them.”

        Well, since they’re directly quoting people, those quoted people could stop them.

        Of course, all of that is predicated on someone being stupid enough to think that the EW writer simply made these quotes up.

    • pablitonizer

      Exactly! Home alone 3 came near that time and you can clearly see a very teen scarlett, weird option tbh

    • DrCakewalk

      The only thing “off” about the article is that Fleming is full of shit.

  • HeteroFriendly

    Alicia Silverstone is kinda hot, and I dont even like that movie, but I dont see how any of those things could have done anything but make it worse.

    Especially if any of them had replaced the only 2 best parts,
    Robin Tunney and Fairuza Balk.

    • Boydon

      silverstone’s career is an odd one. after the aerosmith and clueless run, you’d think she would have snatched any role she wanted. yet she tested for all these movies and still got relegated to straight to vhs productions. i could definitely picture her in either neve’s or robin’s role (neither actresses were particularly good) and she would have definitely played well against fairuza’s character. jolie and johansson? not so much. they would have completely taken over and overshadowed everyone. girl, interrupted is a perfect example of jolie’s inability to act together with an ensemble cast without inadvertently hoarding the attention.

  • zombie84_41

    regretted the R rating come on. btw this movie is so damn good.

  • Alanmac

    The Craft was a classic? I must run in different circles. I recall it being seen as a laughable teeny flick when it came out. Then again, I was 26 so maybe I wasn’t in their target demographic. All I know is that Fairuza Balk was hot as hell.

    • Nicolas Caiveau

      You probably didn’t run in goth circles, it’s a cult classic there^^

  • guest

    he’s sorry.

  • Selina x

    Loved this movie. Would love to see Fairuza do more as I always thought she had something special. Return to Oz is one of darkest kids films ever made and The Worst Witch I adored…Tim Curry helped too 🙂 x

  • Nicolas Caiveau

    I love this movie. There was rumour a year or two ago about a sequel/reboot/spin off, with new witches. Any news ?

  • Southernholiday

    I read this as “or Eva Angelina.”

  • Selina x

    I have to admit the goth in this girl fell in love with this film. Strange though! I don’t recall anything much worthy of the ‘R’ ….in fact I believe it was a 15 here in UK…I may be wrong. I may have to rewatch this. I feel the angst would make me groan though lol. I may have to washdown with Witching and Bitching! X

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