Oh, how things were nearly so very, very different...
The Devil Wears Prada is one of our favourite fashion films of all time. Yes, we work in fashion publishing, so we’re kind of the intended target audience, but even if we weren’t – watching Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly taking down her staff with her acerbic tongue makes us feel infinitely better about life. Having a crap day in the office? Go home, stick it on, and be thankful you don’t have this as a boss…
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It’s been 10 years since The Devil Wears Prada was first released, and on the anniversary Anne Hathaway, star of the film, has just revealed a bombshell.
The 33-year-old actress told Variety that despite getting phenomenal reviews for her role as journalist newbie Andy in the film – and strengthening the resolve of thousands of fashion interns along the way – she was in fact not the casting directors first choice for the film.
‘I didn’t have to audition. I had to be patient. I wasn’t the first choice,’ she said. So who was? Who did the powers that be want as Andy?
Rachel McAdams, apparently. Yes, the film we have come to know and love, could have looked very different indeed, much like these huge blockbusters who’s original casting choices were inspired to say the least…
Rachel was either unavailable/didn’t want it/attached to another film/missed the voicemail (we’re guessing), but when Anne finally got the news that she had the part, she was pretty happy. ‘I was putting on a shirt. I had some buddies over. I remember running out in my living room, half dressed, screaming— “I got The Devil Wears Prada! I got The Devil Wears Prada!”’
And so, history was made.