10 Movies That Weren’t Supposed to Star Black Actors

Morgan-Freeman

MORGAN FREEMAN AS "ELLIS 'RED' REDDING" IN THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) Falsely convicted of murdering his wife and her love, Andy Dufresne (played by Tim Robbins) is sentenced to Shawshank State Penitentiary where he's befriended by Ellis "Red" Redding (played by Freeman), an inmate serving a life sentence. Before Freeman was cast, Clint Eastwood, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, and even Robert Redford were all said to be considered for the part. Although the character was described as a middle-aged Irishman with graying red hair in the novel the film was adapted from, director Frank Darabont is often credited as saying he couldn't see anyone else but Freeman as Red.

MORGAN FREEMAN AS “ELLIS ‘RED’ REDDING” IN THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994) Falsely convicted of murdering…