Her reasoning is pretty spot on: Stewart is "not conventionally beautiful," and Pattinson is "a bit shy, and a bit stoic." However, she realized that she and the artists were unknown at the time, and it would be more fitting to cast a duo that didn't have the same sort of Hollywood recognition as RPatz and K. Stew. So, who else is in the running? She mentions Mia Wasikowska (and admits she cried during Tim Burton's version of Alice In Wonderland), and even suggests Saoirse Ronan. While both actresses would certainly do the part justice, we've also got a few recommendations: Emily Browning (who was encouraged to audition for the role of Bella), or up-and-comer Alice Englert. As for Mapplethorpe, couldn't you see Dave Franco or Jamie Blackley on set? With grown-out locks, of course.
If you were in a room with Smith, who would you propose for the lead? Think wisely, this flick has Oscar noms written all over it! (Vanity Fair)
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