Movie casting is one of, if not the most important aspect of whether a movie succeeds or horrendously flops. Would the horrendous Margaret Thatcher biopic The Iron Lady have been even remotely watchable without Meryl Streep's excellent casting in the central role? These 10 films, whether initially promising ventures or already doomed to fail - most being the latter - are in no way aided in their goals by some dubious bouts of casting that make us wonder above all else - what the Hell were they thinking? Granted, occasionally some off-kilter casting will come out of nowhere and surprise us all, but that's firmly a minority statement, and most of the time the perception is that miscasting will transpire through to the final product. Here are 10 upcoming movie roles that are horrendously miscast...
10. Logan Lerman - As Percy Jackson (Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters)
This casting has been wrong from the very beginning. Back in 2009, a 17-year-old Logan Lerman began shooting Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief, loosely based on the first novel in the Percy Jackson & The Olympians series by Rick Riordan. I say loosely based, because in the first novel, Percy Jackson is only 12 years old, which is clearly not the case in the movie, as p*ssed off every kid who had ever read the books. Sea of Monsters, the second book, takes place a year later, when Percy is thirteen, causing the chasm between character and part to now move to 8 years. While it's fair to admit that bashing out a Percy Jackson movie every year to match the books would be a) difficult and b) unnecessary, Lerman was just never really right for the part in the first place, and while this is always going to be a challenge when adapting children's fare, the Harry Potter books managed to pull it off with much more grace. If a third film is made, the age gap will surely be at least a decade, at which point it will truly be getting silly.
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