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Scarlett Johansson, At 11 Years Old, Auditions For 'Jumanji'

First Posted: 10/23/2011 9:57 am Updated: 12/23/2011 4:12 am

Scarlett Johansson has, over the past decade, become one of Hollywood's foremost leading ladies. Which makes it even more ridiculously cute to take a look back at her earliest days in Hollywood.

Studious movie fans may first remember her as Grace in "The Horse Whisperer," or even Molly in "Home Alone 3," if they haven't fully been able to forget about that film. But while that was a pretty impressively young start for the actress -- she was just 14 when "The Horse Whisperer" came out -- she may have become a major star even earlier.

As it turns out, Johansson auditioned for the lead role of Judy Shepherd in "Jumanji," that magical adventure flick that starred Robin Williams as a wild man sprung loose from decades stuck in a jungle board game. Despite the ultra cute audition -- see the video below -- the role went to Kirsten Dunst, shooting her to child stardom.

It all worked out for both actresses, of course. After a number of strong turns in films such as "Ghost World," Johansson's star launched in 2003, with a BAFTA win and Golden Globe nomination for her role opposite Bill Murray in "Lost In Translation" and another Globe nod for her work in period piece "The Girl With The Pearl Earring." That big year led to three starring roles for Woody Allen, in "Scoop," "Match Point" and "Vicky Cristina Barcelona," the middle of which earned her another Golden Globe nod, as well as parts in films such as "The Other Boleyn Girl" and her super role as Black Widow in Marvel's "Avengers" series.

Still, we really wish we could have seen more of her little Scarlett saying, "it must have microchips in it or something." And it may have caused that hacker to think twice about his email peeking ways

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