6 Casting Secrets You Didn’t Know About The Notebook

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The Notebook is one of the most iconic love stories of all time, so it’s pretty hard to imagine it being something other than how we know it. But, if Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams didn’t settle in as Noah and Allie, things would’ve been a lot different.

You may not realize it, but quite a few other actresses (and one singer) auditioned for Rachel’s part. And, before the film’s director came on board and visualized Ryan as Noah, some other well-known celebs could’ve snagged the role instead.

Click through the gallery below to see which actors, actresses, singers and even one celeb couple just missed the mark of starring in the Nicholas Sparks classic! Tell us in the comments below which you were most shocked about!


Britney Spears

Britney reportedly was also a celebrity who was considered to play Allie.

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Justin Timberlake

Before director Nick Cassavetes came on board the film, Justin was one actor who they wanted to audition for Noah.

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Jessical Biel

Jessica auditioned for Allie and told Elle>/em> it was the role she "wanted so badly."

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Tom Cruise

Tom Cruise was also a choice for Noah.

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Ashley Judd

Ashley was one of the actresses who the casting directors looked at to play Allie early in the planning process.

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Reese Witherspoon

Reese auditioned for Allie, too.

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