20+ years after the release of The Craft, the film has amassed a huge cult following and become an unlikely feminist rallying cry—something no one expected when the film was released in 1996. Entertainment Weekly just released an extensive retrospective on the film, We are the weirdos, mister: An oral history of The Craft, that’s a must-read window into a production that exceeded all expectations to become a bona fide horror classic.
While I highly recommend reading the article in its entirety, one of the most interesting revelations was who were considered for the integral quartet of female leads. Today, no one can imagine anyone besides Neve Campbell, Robin Tunney, Fairuza Balk, and Rachel True playing Bonnie, Sarah, Nancy, and Rochelle respectively, but the cast could have turned out much differently.
PAM DIXON (casting director): [Neve] was by far the biggest name [because of her show Party of Five]. We tested Alicia Silverstone, Scarlett Johansson, Angelina Jolie, but Neve came in and she was really, really good.
You can read the article in its entirety HERE, and check out the trailer and synopsis for The Craft (directed by Andrew Fleming) below.
Official Synopsis: A newcomer to a Catholic prep high school falls in with a trio of outcast teenage girls who practice witchcraft and they all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.
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