Jennifer Lopez Almost Wasn’t Cast In Wedding Planner! It’s hard to imagine The Wedding Planner without Jennifer Lopez and Matthew McConaughey. Turns out, they almost weren’t cast in the beloved rom-com. In fact, they weren’t even close to being the top choices for the lead roles of Mary and Dr. Steve Edison.
The Wedding Planner‘s director, Adam Shankman, spoke about how the film came together in a recent interview withYahoo! Entertainment. According to Shankman, Minnie Driver was the initial studio’s—Fine Line Features—first choice for the role of Mary. “Fine Line was trying to get into more of a commercial market, and they really liked this script,” Shankman explained. “The plot was essentially the same, but it was going to be a very low-budget indie movie.”
Fine Line wasn’t able to get the movie off the ground, so, The Wedding Planner eventually landed at Sony Pictures. Once Sony acquired the rights to the script, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellarand Freddie Prinze Jr. were all considered for the lead roles. “Those actors were people who were talked about, but no one was ever officially cast,” Shankman continued.
Lopez eventually took matters into her own hands. After getting ahold of the script, Lopez expressed her interest in playing Mary to Sony. “I was honestly resistant to the idea,” Shankman said of casting Lopez. “I didn’t perceive her as a romantic comedy person; she seemed too tough to me, frankly. But my agency said, ‘You have to meet with her: She read the script and she really wants to do this.’ “
Shankman and Lopez ended up meeting for lunch. “I was completely hypnotized by her,” Shankman said of his reservations disappearing after that initial meeting. “At that time, she was very much that character: She had just come out of a marriage and was not interested in men.”
“She was ambitious and understood everything that was girly and feminine about the movie, but at the same time recognized the engine inside of it,” he contiinued. “There were many factors about the real-life Jennifer that really spoke to what the character was.”
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Jennifer Lopez Almost Wasn’t Cast In Wedding Planner!! Jennifer Lopez Almost Wasn’t Cast In Wedding Planner!