Watch: Ben Stiller, Jon Cryer, Billy Zane & Kyra Sedgwick Audition for ‘Back to the Future’

Back to the Future is one of those movies that seems like it’s perfectly cast — even though principal photography started with Eric Stoltz in the role of Marty McFly before the filmmakers hired Michael J. Fox.

As fascinating as it is to see footage of Stolz as McFly, it’s just as interesting to consider the other hopefuls for the McFly role and other roles. A number of actors who remain famous to this day auditioned for roles in Back to the Future, including Ben Stiller and Jon Cryer (who auditioned to play McFly), Billy Zane (who auditioned to play Biff) and Kyra Sedgwick (who auditioned to play Jennifer). Of the four, only Zane appears in the film, but as one of Biff’s henchmen.

As we know now, the film wouldn’t have been the same with a different cast. But it’s still fun to check out the auditions of these young hopeful.

You can watch clips from all four auditions above!

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In college, overachiever Christopher McKittrick double-majored in Film and English because he loves to read, write, and watch movies. Since then Chris – who was born and raised on Long Island, New York and currently lives in Queens – has become a published author of fiction and non-fiction, a contributor to entertainment websites, and has spoken about literature, film, and comic books at various conferences across the country when he’s not getting into trouble in New York City (apparently it’s illegal to sleep on street corners...) For more information about Chris, visit his website here!

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