Our Brand Is Crisis First Look: Sandra Bullock Gets Political in Role Originally Pegged for George Clooney

Sandra Bullock stars as a “devious” political consultant in the upcoming film Our Brand Is Crisis – but you’ll never guess who was originally slated to play the part.

“Initially, it was written with George Clooney in mind,” Bullock, 50, tells Entertainment Weekly. “About two-and-a-half years ago I just put out the feelers saying, ‘I’m not reading anything I’m excited about. Are there any male roles out there that they don’t mind switching to a female role?’ ”

Sandra Bullock's The Net, 20 Years Later: What It Got Right About Technology – and What It Didn't

On July 28, 1995, the Sandra Bullock thriller The Net hit theaters and taught audiences across the country to fear this scary thing called the Internet.

Considering that 20 years ago many Americans still weren’t accustomed to using the Internet, The Net came across as one of the most technophobic mainstream movies since The Terminator.

Sandra Bullock Hopes Minions Will Make Son Louis Laugh: 'Nothing Makes Me Happier'

Melissa McCarthy Reveals Her Hilariously Awkward First Conversation with Sandra Bullock

Teaming up with Sandra Bullock for the 2013 comedy The Heat seemed to be a no-brainer for Melissa McCarthy.

Yet when it came time for introductions, the Spy star says she was a “nervous wreck” to even talk to Bullock on the phone.

“I was like, ‘Oh my God, I’m going to get a call from Sandra Bullock!’ And I was still saying first and last name, I could only say ‘Sandra Bullock,’ ” McCarthy, 44, tells PEOPLE.

Sandra Bullock Dazzles – with Minions! – in Her First Red Carpet Appearance in over a Year

Minions love their supervillain Sandra Bullock almost as much as they love bananas.

The actress and one of her loyal henchmen hit the yellow carpet at the Minions’ film premiere in London’s Leicester Square on Thursday.

Bullock, 50, lends her voice to the movie as the evil Scarlett Overkill, who recruits a crew of mischievous minions to help her take over the world.

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