Definition of miscast in English:



  • 1 Allot an unsuitable role to (an actor)

    ‘he is badly miscast in the romantic lead’
    • ‘There is nothing wrong with his performance, except that he is drastically miscast as a quiet mathematician.’
    • ‘He is not a bad actor, just thoroughly miscast.’
    • ‘These people are badly miscast in the role of the vanguard of the world revolution.’
    • ‘However, while he doesn't embarrass himself, he is miscast.’
    • ‘It's not that he's miscast, or wrong for the film, but his thespian power transcends the material, making the meager work of others around him stand out even more.’
    • ‘Not a single member of the cast is miscast or acts poorly.’
    • ‘It's not enough that they had to badly miscast this movie.’
    • ‘Some people felt that Tom Hanks was miscast, but I thought he was dead-on, because it's a father and son story.’
    • ‘He is woefully miscast here - he's supposed to be a hard-edged cop who has been pushed to despair by the failed sting at the opening of the picture.’
    • ‘However, the two are woefully miscast, the script is terrible, and the result is a mind-numbingly boring mess.’
    • ‘As I stated earlier, he is miscast here.’
    • ‘She is miscast as the semi-femme fatale.’
    • ‘It is not his fault if Waugh's world view seeps too biliously through the pictures, or if one of the central actors has been drastically miscast.’
    • ‘She has hitherto, in films and plays, always been miscast as the sweet, lovely ingénue.’
    • ‘There has always been a vicious edge to his performances, which is why he's miscast in romcoms and nice guy roles.’
    • ‘She may or may not be miscast but she can't really be blamed for the farce that's imploding around her, and nor can anyone else.’
    • ‘It's not that she's is a bad actress (she's solid in comedies and light dramas), but she's woefully miscast here.’
    • ‘Though I liked his ‘matador’ scene, he was really miscast, particularly in such a heavyweight lineup.’
    • ‘And to think, these two horribly miscast actors are the bottom foundation to a three-sided love rendezvous that is supposed to make us feel like caring and having concern for the outcome of all these explosive events.’
    • ‘A good actor with the right material, he is simply miscast and unconvincing as a predatory seducer.’
    1. 1.1Allot the roles in (a play or film) to unsuitable actors.
      ‘it's hard to imagine a more miscast version of ‘Julius Caesar’’
      • ‘Adding the second child was necessary from the standpoint of a sequel, but horrible miscasting in the new baby's voice hurt the film.’
      • ‘While the film may be silly and reductive and wonderfully miscast, it still can be used to examine racial stereotyping and white colonialism (masked here as white liberal civic-mindedness).’
      • ‘And certain important roles have either been badly miscast or misconceived.’
      • ‘There's no equivalent to what it would have been like to miscast the main role, it would have been a terrible movie.’
      • ‘George Lucas on the other hand ruined his own Star Wars myth, and his reputation as a director, if not a money maker, with poorly plotted, miscast prequels which played fast and loose with the fans' cherished memories.’
      • ‘It's not a truly awful film; I'd say it's best described as a very mediocre film almost completely done in by the miscasting of the lead role and some unanswered questions in the narrative.’
      • ‘The sketchy dynamics of the central relationships are just one of many problems in Novocaine, an ambitious but mishandled, miscast hybrid that provides little in the way of thrills.’
      • ‘Everyone's favourite cheeky actor comes undone in a disappointingly miscast role in Channel 4's latest gritty urban drama.’
      • ‘Cary Grant and Sophia Loren had appeared together in 1957's The Pride and the Passion, a film that was handsomely mounted but generally suffered from miscasting.’
      • ‘Everything about the film is ill judged, miscast and intellectually anorexic.’
      • ‘However, the film's ape-man was terribly miscast.’
      • ‘Based on the acclaimed novel by Philip Roth, and starring Anthony Hopkins and Nicole Kidman, the film suffers from being horrendously miscast from the outset.’
      • ‘‘Dances with Samurai’ is a disappointing and miscast film, relying on senseless, violent battles and a flimsy script to make a point.’