Even the most accomplished actors are always dying to get another big fantasy part on their résumés.
Some are still holding on to the hope that their childhood dream will come to fruition, some are eager to challenge themselves like never before, and other performers have long been captivated by the idea of taking on a certain real-world persona.
Whatever the reason, these stars, from blockbuster veterans to TV legends, are still striving to make these stops on their Hollywood journeys:
Chris Pratt: A cop
“I’ve always wanted to play a cop,” the actor told WSVN’s Chris Van Vliet. “I’ve had the opportunity to, but I haven’t taken it, because I take it really seriously and I think there is only one chance to do it for the first time. So I’ve passed up on a few opportunities to, but at some point I will play a cop.”
“It has to be the right film, the right character, the right message, the right portrayal. I think that’s important to me,” he went on to explain.
Scarlett Johnasson: A Disney princess
The Avenger unexpectedly shares the same dream role as countless starry-eyed fairy tale fans, including her 2-year-old daughter Rose Dorothy. “My daughter is still young. Right now I think we both share the dream that I will someday be a Disney princess, but it’s probably not going to happen,” she told The New York Times’ Turning Points magazine. “I’ve been asking for that job for the past 20 years, and nobody has booked me.”
Idris Elba: Thelonious Monk
The Luther star is dying to take on the challenge of portraying the real-life musician. “Thelonious Monk. He was a legendary jazz musician,” Elba told Mix Mag when asked about his bucket list roles.
Elba, who is a DJ himself, said he’s fascinated by Monk’s musical innovation and internal struggles: “When jazz was popular in the early ’50s, Monk came along and just did something weird with it and everyone was like, ‘He’s a bit odd.’ He had mental health issues he didn’t realize he had for a long time, but he was an absolute genius because he just came in and broke all the rules. He was kind of like the Skrillex of his day. You know when Sonny [Moore] came out and just DJ’d a different way to everyone else? When he’s nutting it out playing a bit of d’n’b, a bit of dubstep and everyone’s going, ‘What the front door?’ Monk was a bit like that.”
Jennifer Lawrence: Bridget Jones
If Renée Zellweger didn’t already have a a solid monopoly on the role, J.Law would definitely be down for playing the British diary enthusiast. “I have always wanted to play Bridget Jones. I want the movies to not exist so that I can do that,” she told Interview magazine.
“That’s the movie I put on when I am homesick, although England is not my home,” she went on to reveal. “When you’re feeling ‘bleh’ and you want a movie that you’re never bored of watching, Bridget Jones is that for me so it’s natural to say that I want to be Bridget Jones. But I never wanted to replace Renée Zellweger.'”
Jennifer Aniston: A superhero
Aniston has been making her superhero dreams known for years. “I really do want to be a superhero, too. I’ve said it! But wouldn’t that be fun?” she said during a 2014 talk about her film Cake.
The actress reiterated her desire to slip into some spandex during a 2016 visit to Chelsea. “I would be psyched!” she assured host Chelsea Handler when asked how she would respond to being offered a superhero gig. “But I would want to be the really uncoordinated superhero, because I just … I couldn’t take myself seriously leaping out of somewhere in a full leather … something.”
Lea Michele: Fanny Brice in Funny Girl
Like many Broadway diehards, the vocal powerhouse is eager to take on Barbra Streisand’s iconic role. When The Washington Post asked the Glee actress about her “ideal musical role” in 2009, Michele said “I want to be in Funny Girl. And I want Ryan Murphy to direct it … I would do it in a basement in Brooklyn, if somebody would let me do it! It’s the best role ever — any Jewish girl would want to play Fanny Brice!”
The dream came very close to becoming a reality: Murphy acquired the stage rights to the musical and told Entertainment Weekly he had talked to Michele about a possible revival. “We had talked about it for sure,” the director said at EW Fest. “But then I feel like we [do] so many of those songs and so many of those scenes [on Glee] that in a weird way, I feel like we did it in some way.” Indeed, Michele performed a number of songs from the musical on the show, and even belted “Dont Rain On My Parade” at the 2010 Tonys.
Daniel Radcliffe: Spiderman
The longtime Spidey fan has always wanted to take on the N.Y.C. hero, but sadly thinks he may have already missed the chance. “It’s been and gone, they’ve done it three times in my lifetime,” he told Loaded. Although he never snagged the role in an official capacity, Radcliffe did spend a Comic-Con in the famous red and blue suit, and explained to Loaded, “That was just me living out my childhood dream.”
The Harry Potter alum also mentioned his Peter Park obsession while talking to Metro UK: “I would’ve been a good Spider-Man but the boat has sailed on that and I’m very happy to watch Tom Holland do it. He’s fantastic. I love superhero movies.”
Nina Dobrev: A James Bond character
The former Vampire Diaries star is ready for some serious action. “My dream role is to do a James Bond film, or if they did another Lara Croft, or even a prequel Lara Croft, I’d want to do that, to get it out of my system,” she confessed to Ocean Drive magazine in 2012.
Viola Davis: Nora Helmer in A Doll’s House
“I’d do Nora in A Doll’s House on Broadway. Are you kidding me? I would love to do that. It’s a beautiful role. It’s tremendous,” Davis shared with Vulture about her acting wish list.
But the How to Get Away With Murder lead has a unique reason for wanting to take on the Henrik Ibsen play. “I would love to do because here’s the thing, and this is where I show my shortcoming — I’ve always wanted to be great. I’ve always wanted to be really good at what I did,” she explained. “I want to do something big. And I could really stink at it, but at least I know I did it, and I’ll be a better actor for it afterward. Other actors know what I mean when I say that. You’re a better actor after you’ve done a really big thing and you’ve screwed it up. But at least it was bold.”