Mars Attacks! is a 1996 comedy/sci-fi film directed by Tim Burton and starring Jack Nicholson, Glenn Close, Pierce Brosnan, Annette Bening, and Danny DeVito. The plot is that Martains come to Earth to destroy all humanity.

Considered for rolesEdit

President James Dale, played by Jack Nicholson

  • Warren Beatty: Originally cast, but he dropped out.
  • Michael Keaton: Considered.
  • Paul Newman: He replaced Beatty, but he instead left due to the film's violence.

Marsha Dale, played by Glenn Close

  • Stockard Channing
  • Diane Keaton
  • Meryl Streep

Barbara Land, played by Annette Bening

  • Susan Sarandon: Considered.

Donald Kessler, played by Pierce Brosnan

  • Hugh Grant: Considered.

Rude Gambler, played by Danny DeVito

  • Glenn Shadix: He was offered the role, but he couldn't accept due to scheduling conflicts with Dunston Checks In.

Considered writersEdit

  • Martin Amis: Worked on the script, but none of his script was used in the film.