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** There was a notably huge web campaign for Creator/DonaldGlover to play or, at least, audition for "Peter Parker/Spider-Man" which allegedly spawned after fans posted and retweeted #donald4spiderman on various forums. This became hotly debated as many, including Creator/StanLee himself, were all for Glover to play Spidey while others were, at best, not too comfortable with Peter Parker getting a RaceLift. Though Glover never got a call to audition, this all resulted in the creation of ComicBook/MilesMorales to which Glover later voiced in ''WesternAnimation/UltimateSpiderMan''. Glover also later appeared in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse as Aaron Davis in ''Film/SpiderManHomecoming''.


* The next plan to get a ''Spider-Man'' film off the ground was in 1985, when Creator/TobeHooper (of ''[[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]]'' fame) was set to direct a film for Creator/TheCannonGroup. Due to Cannon chiefs Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus not understanding the concept, the original script treatment had Dr. Octopus experimenting on Peter Parker and turning him into a BodyHorror-fusion between a spider and a human, who was also suicidal. Creator/StanLee immediately [[ExecutiveVeto vetoed]] the concept on the grounds that [[InNameOnly it perverted the entire concept of the character]].

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* The next plan to get a ''Spider-Man'' film off the ground was in 1985, when Creator/TobeHooper (of ''[[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 The Texas Chainsaw Massacre]]'' fame) was set to direct a film for Creator/TheCannonGroup. Due to Cannon chiefs Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus not understanding the concept, the original script treatment had Dr. Octopus experimenting on Peter Parker and turning him into a BodyHorror-fusion between a spider and a human, who was also suicidal. Creator/StanLee immediately [[ExecutiveVeto vetoed]] the concept on the grounds that [[InNameOnly it perverted the entire concept of the character]].character]] (though elements of the story did ultimately see the light of day in the ''Neogenic Nightmare'' arc of ''WesternAnimation/SpidermanTheAnimatedSeries'').


** Creator/AaronTaylorJohnson, [[Film/SkyHigh Michael Angarano]], and [[Series/FearTheWalkingDead Frank Dillane]] screen-tested for the titular role as well. Johnson would later go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Pietro Maximoff]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.

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** Creator/AaronTaylorJohnson, [[Film/SkyHigh [[Film/SkyHigh2005 Michael Angarano]], and [[Series/FearTheWalkingDead Frank Dillane]] screen-tested for the titular role as well. Johnson would later go on to portray [[ComicBook/{{Quicksilver}} Pietro Maximoff]] in the Franchise/MarvelCinematicUniverse.


* [[WebOriginal/TruthInJournalism Adi Shankar]], [[Film/DeathNote2017 Adam Wingard]], and [[Film/DodgeBallATrueUnderdogStory Rawson Marshall Thurber]] were considered to direct the movie before Creator/RubenFleischer was hired. Shankar previously produced ''WebOriginal/TruthInJournalism'' which features [[spoiler: Creator/RyanKwanten as Eddie Brock.]]

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* [[WebOriginal/TruthInJournalism [[WebVideo/TruthInJournalism Adi Shankar]], [[Film/DeathNote2017 Adam Wingard]], and [[Film/DodgeBallATrueUnderdogStory Rawson Marshall Thurber]] were considered to direct the movie before Creator/RubenFleischer was hired. Shankar previously produced ''WebOriginal/TruthInJournalism'' ''WebVideo/TruthInJournalism'' which features [[spoiler: Creator/RyanKwanten [[spoiler:Creator/RyanKwanten as Eddie Brock.]]


** Creator/MiaWasikowska, Creator/DiannaAgron, [[Series/TheElephantPrincess Georgina Haig]], and [[Series/HellOnWheels Dominique McElligott]] ultimately carried out auditions for Gwen Stacy before the casting of Stone.

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** Creator/MiaWasikowska, Creator/DiannaAgron, [[Series/TheElephantPrincess Georgina Haig]], and [[Series/HellOnWheels Dominique McElligott]] ultimately also carried out auditions for Gwen Stacy before the casting of Stone.


** [[Film/{{Underworld}} Scott Speedman]], [[Film/TheLostBattalion Jay Rodan]], and Creator/JamesFranco screen-tested for the titular role as well before the casting of Maguire. Franco would later go to portray Harry Osborn in the film.

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** [[Film/{{Underworld}} Scott Speedman]], [[Film/TheLostBattalion Jay Rodan]], and Creator/JamesFranco screen-tested for the titular role as well before the casting of Maguire. Franco would later go on to portray Harry Osborn in the film.



* Creator/BillyCrudup was initially cast as ComicBook/NormanOsborn in the film, but ultimately dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/AlmostFamous'' and on the fact that he considered himself "too young" for the part.
** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for Norman Osborn as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast. Malkovich was slated to portray The Vulture in ''Spider-Man 4'' before it was cancelled and replaced with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.

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* Creator/BillyCrudup was initially cast as ComicBook/NormanOsborn in the film, but ultimately dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/AlmostFamous'' and on the fact that he considered himself "too young" for the part.
** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for Norman Osborn as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast. Malkovich was slated to portray The Vulture in ''Spider-Man 4'' before it was cancelled and replaced with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.


* The following year (1986), director Creator/AlbertPyun was then hired to direct the film for Cannon, after the initial choice following Hooper, Joseph Zito (of ''Film/TheProwler'' fame), walked out. Scott Leva was hired to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and although no one else was officially cast, the studio considered Creator/BobHoskins for Doctor Octopus, Peter Cushing and Adolph Caesar for smaller roles, and most notably Creator/KatharineHepburn or Creator/LaurenBacall for Aunt May. On top of all that, Stan Lee himself wanted to play J. Jonah Jameson. Filming was set to take place at De Laurentiis' studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. With a $6 million budget, the Brooklyn sets were built for the film on the Wilmington stages, a teaser trailer was released (though too late to remove Zito's name that was infamously heard in said trailer) and publicity photos of Leva as the character were taken. Pyun had originally planned to film two weeks worth of scenes for "Spider-Man" before Leva's nerdy Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, then Leva would undergo a supervised eight-week workout regimen to build muscle mass while director Pyun would film "Masters of the Universe Part 2", and filming for "Spider-Man" would resume for the scenes after Peter gets his spider powers. However, both projects were scrapped. Albert Pyun was then given the task to make a movie out of the 2 million-worth of costumes and sets already built for both projects, came up with a script on a single weekend, and 24 days of rushed filming and editing later, cult-classic Van Damme's ''Film/{{Cyborg|1989}}'' was released. The head honchos at Cannon had a major case of ComicallyMissingThePoint when their revised script centered around Peter Parker getting roped into a villainous plot by Octavius to find the secret of anti-gravity. Various rewrites went nowhere, and despite another attempt by Cannon to finance another script in 1989 (in actuality, it was just the 1985 script with a revised date), nothing ever occurred and the production rights were eventually licensed to Creator/CarolcoPictures, which led to...

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* The following year (1986), director Creator/AlbertPyun was then hired to direct the film for Cannon, after the initial choice following Hooper, Joseph Zito (of ''Film/TheProwler'' fame), walked out. Scott Leva was hired to play Peter Parker/Spider-Man, and although no one else was officially cast, the studio considered Creator/BobHoskins for Doctor Octopus, Peter Cushing and Adolph Caesar for smaller roles, and most notably Creator/KatharineHepburn or Creator/LaurenBacall for Aunt May. On top of all that, Stan Lee himself wanted to play J. Jonah Jameson. Filming was set to take place at De Laurentiis' studio in Wilmington, North Carolina. With a $6 million budget, the Brooklyn sets were built for the film on the Wilmington stages, a teaser trailer was released (though too late to remove Zito's name that was infamously heard in said trailer) and publicity photos of Leva as the character were taken. Pyun had originally planned to film two weeks worth of scenes for "Spider-Man" ''Spider-Man'' before Leva's nerdy Peter Parker is bitten by a radioactive spider, then Leva would undergo a supervised eight-week workout regimen to build muscle mass while director Pyun would film "Masters of the Universe ''Film/MastersOfTheUniverse Part 2", 2'', and filming for "Spider-Man" ''Spider-Man'' would resume for the scenes after Peter gets his spider powers. However, both projects were scrapped. scrapped due to Cannon's stretched-thin finances. Albert Pyun was then given the task to make a movie out of the 2 million-worth of costumes and sets already built for both projects, came up with a script on a single weekend, and 24 days of rushed filming and editing later, the cult-classic Van Damme's Creator/JeanClaudeVanDamme starring ''Film/{{Cyborg|1989}}'' was released. The head honchos at Cannon had a major case of ComicallyMissingThePoint when their revised script centered around Peter Parker getting roped into a villainous plot by Octavius to find the secret of anti-gravity. Various rewrites went nowhere, and despite another attempt by Cannon to finance another script in 1989 (in actuality, it was just the 1985 script with a revised date), nothing ever occurred and the production rights were eventually licensed to Creator/CarolcoPictures, which led to...


** Creator/HeathLedger, Creator/WesBentley, [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]], and Creator/FreddiePrinzeJr were also considered for the part of Peter Parker. When asked why he turned down the offer, Ledger responded with this.

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** Creator/HeathLedger, Creator/WesBentley, Creator/JudeLaw, [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]], and Creator/FreddiePrinzeJr were also considered for the part of Peter Parker. When asked why he turned down the offer, Ledger responded with this.



* Creator/BillyCrudup was initially chosen to play ComicBook/NormanOsborn in the film, but ultimately dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and on the fact that he considered himself "too young" for the part.

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* Creator/BillyCrudup was initially chosen to play cast as ComicBook/NormanOsborn in the film, but ultimately dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts with ''Film/AlmostFamous'' and on the fact that he considered himself "too young" for the part.



* Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.

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* Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.[[Creator/JKSimmons JK Simmons]].



** Creator/DavidFincher was approached to direct the movie as well. Fincher's version would have told the origin story in the opening credits (much like ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'') and would have been based on ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied''.
** Creator/AngLee, Creator/TonyScott, [[Film/{{Speed}} Jan de Bont]], Creator/RolandEmmerich, and Creator/MNightShyamalan were also considered to direct the film before Raimi was hired.

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** Creator/DavidFincher was also approached to direct the movie as well.movie. Fincher's version would have told the origin story in the opening credits (much like ''Film/TheIncredibleHulk'') and would have been based on ''ComicBook/TheNightGwenStacyDied''.
** Creator/AngLee, Creator/TonyScott, [[Film/{{Speed}} Jan de Bont]], Creator/RolandEmmerich, and Creator/MNightShyamalan were also considered to direct the film as well before Raimi was hired.


* Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson before Creator/JKSimmons was cast.

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* Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson before Creator/JKSimmons was cast.the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.


** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for the role of Norman Osborn as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast. Malkovich was slated to portray The Vulture in ''Spider-Man 4'' before it was cancelled and replaced with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
* Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for J. Jonah Jameson before Creator/JKSimmons was cast.

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** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for the role of Norman Osborn as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast. Malkovich was slated to portray The Vulture in ''Spider-Man 4'' before it was cancelled and replaced with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
* Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the role of J. Jonah Jameson before Creator/JKSimmons was cast.


** Creator/AliciaWitt, [[Film/AmericanBeauty Mena Suvari]], Creator/ElizaDushku, Creator/ElishaCuthbert, and Creator/ElizabethBanks also auditioned for the part of Mary Jane Watson before the casting of Dunst. Banks was turned down on the fact that she was considered "too old" for the role and was eventually cast as Betty Brant in the movie.

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** Creator/AliciaWitt, [[Film/AmericanBeauty Mena Suvari]], Creator/ElizaDushku, Creator/ElishaCuthbert, and Creator/ElizabethBanks also auditioned for the part of Mary Jane Watson before the casting of Dunst.Watson. Banks was turned down on the fact that she was considered "too old" for the role and was eventually cast as Betty Brant in the movie.



** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for the role of Green Goblin as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast.
* Creator/RLeeErmey and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.

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** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for the role of Green Goblin Norman Osborn as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast.
cast. Malkovich was slated to portray The Vulture in ''Spider-Man 4'' before it was cancelled and replaced with ''Film/TheAmazingSpiderMan''.
* Creator/RLeeErmey Creator/RLeeErmey, Creator/ChristopherLloyd, and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.Creator/JKSimmons was cast.



* Before Creator/SamRaimi was hired, Creator/ChrisColumbus was the first choice to direct the film. However, Columbus turned down the offer in order to direct ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''.

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* Before Creator/SamRaimi was hired, Creator/ChrisColumbus was the first choice to direct the film.film before Creator/SamRaimi was hired. However, Columbus turned down the offer in order to direct ''Film/HarryPotterAndThePhilosophersStone''.


* Creator/RLeeErmey and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the part of J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.

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* Creator/RLeeErmey and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the part of J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.


** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for the role of Green Goblin as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast.

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** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/MelGibson, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were approached for the role of Green Goblin as well before Creator/WillemDafoe was cast.cast.
* Creator/RLeeErmey and [[Series/UnsolvedMysteries Dennis Farina]] were considered for the part of J. Jonah Jameson before the casting of Creator/JKSimmons.


* The studio originally expressed interest in casting Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio or Creator/EdwardFurlong in the role of [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] before Creator/TobeyMaguire was cast.
** [[Film/{{Underworld}} Scott Speedman]], [[Film/TheLostBattalion Jay Rodan]], and Creator/JamesFranco screen-tested for the titular part as well. Franco would later be cast as Harry Osborn in the film.
** Creator/FreddiePrinzeJr, Creator/WesBentley, and [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] were also considered for Peter Parker with Bentley being a very popular choice among fans.
* Creator/KateHudson and [[Film/VanWilder Tara Reid]] were considered for the role of [[ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson Mary Jane Watson]]. Hudson was a heavy favorite for the role, but turned it down in order to appear in ''Film/TheFourFeathers.''
** Creator/AliciaWitt, [[Film/AmericanBeauty Mena Suvari]], Creator/ElizaDushku, and Creator/ElishaCuthbert all auditioned for the role of Mary Jane Watson.
** Creator/ElizabethBanks originally auditioned for Mary Jane as well. Banks was turned down on the fact that she was considered "too old" for the part and was eventually cast as Betty Brant.
* Creator/BillyCrudup was initially chosen to play [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Norman Osborn]] in the film, but ultimately dropped out due to scheduling conflicts and on the fact that he considered himself "too young" to play the part.
** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were all approached for the part as well before the casting of Creator/WillemDafoe.

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* The studio Creator/ColumbiaPictures originally expressed interest in casting Creator/LeonardoDiCaprio or Creator/EdwardFurlong in the role of [[Comicbook/SpiderMan Peter Parker]] before Creator/TobeyMaguire was cast.
** Creator/HeathLedger, Creator/WesBentley, [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]], and Creator/FreddiePrinzeJr were also considered for the part of Peter Parker. When asked why he turned down the offer, Ledger responded with this.
---> '''Ledger:''' It's not for me. I would be taking someone else's dream away.
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[[Film/{{Underworld}} Scott Speedman]], [[Film/TheLostBattalion Jay Rodan]], and Creator/JamesFranco screen-tested for the titular part role as well. well before the casting of Maguire. Franco would later be cast as go to portray Harry Osborn in the film.
** Creator/FreddiePrinzeJr, Creator/WesBentley, and [[Film/AmericanPie Chris Klein]] were also considered for Peter Parker with Bentley being a very popular choice among fans.
* Creator/KateHudson and [[Film/VanWilder Tara Reid]] were considered for the role part of [[ComicBook/MaryJaneWatson Mary Jane Watson]].Watson]] before the casting of Creator/KirstenDunst. Hudson was a heavy favorite for the role, but turned it down in order to appear in ''Film/TheFourFeathers.''
** Creator/AliciaWitt, [[Film/AmericanBeauty Mena Suvari]], Creator/ElizaDushku, Creator/ElishaCuthbert, and Creator/ElishaCuthbert all auditioned for the role of Mary Jane Watson.
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Creator/ElizabethBanks originally also auditioned for the part of Mary Jane as well. Watson before the casting of Dunst. Banks was turned down on the fact that she was considered "too old" for the part role and was eventually cast as Betty Brant.Brant in the movie.
* Creator/BillyCrudup was initially chosen to play [[ComicBook/NormanOsborn Norman Osborn]] ComicBook/NormanOsborn in the film, but ultimately dropped out of the project due to scheduling conflicts and on the fact that he considered himself "too young" to play for the part.
** Creator/NicolasCage, Creator/JohnTravolta, Creator/BillPaxton, Creator/JasonIsaacs, Creator/RobertDeNiro, and Creator/JohnMalkovich were all approached for the part role of Green Goblin as well before the casting of Creator/WillemDafoe.Creator/WillemDafoe was cast.



** Other potential directors included Creator/AngLee, Creator/TonyScott, [[Film/{{Speed}} Jan de Bont]], Creator/RolandEmmerich, and Creator/MNightShyamalan.

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** Other potential directors included Creator/AngLee, Creator/TonyScott, [[Film/{{Speed}} Jan de Bont]], Creator/RolandEmmerich, and Creator/MNightShyamalan.Creator/MNightShyamalan were also considered to direct the film before Raimi was hired.


* Creator/MattSmith, Creator/PedroPascal, and [[Film/TheDanishGirl Matthias Schoenaerts]] were considered for the role of Carlton Drake before Creator/RizAhmed was cast. Smith would eventually go on to portray Loxias Crown in ''Film/Morbius2020''.

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* Creator/MattSmith, Creator/PedroPascal, and [[Film/TheDanishGirl Matthias Schoenaerts]] were considered for the role of Carlton Drake before Creator/RizAhmed was cast. Smith would eventually go on to portray Loxias Crown in ''Film/Morbius2020''.






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* [[Film/TrainingDay Antoine Fuqua]] and [[Film/TheFateOfTheFurious F. Gary Gray]] were approached to direct the movie before [[Film/Life2017 Daniel Espinosa]] was hired. However, Fuqua turned down the offer due to a lack of interest in the story and the titular character while Gray declined due to prior commitments to ''Film/MenInBlackInternational''.
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