Casting an A-list star is always a smart move when it comes to selling your movie. These are the big names whose face on the poster brings in the punters.
Sometimes, though, in defiance of all redshirt logic, the first name on the call sheet might also be the first of the movie's body count.
Yes, killing off your headline star can have a lot of benefits (provided you avoid enraging everyone who bought a ticket on the basis of a favourite actor whose role turns out to be no more than "Victim Number 1").
It's simultaneously a tension-building rug pull moment that tells the audience that nobody is safe and that any one of the less starry survivors could be the next to die, and a cost effective way to avoid paying your highest salaried cast member for the full length of the shoot.
If done well, the early death of a major star can be a movie's defining iconic twist. Done badly it just seems a waste of talent and leaves the audience feeling cheated.
It's a risky game to play, but here are twelve movies that tried casting a big name star with the sole intention of killing them off.