[mis-kast, -kahst]
verb (used with object), mis·cast, mis·cast·ing.
  1. to assign an unsuitable role to (an actor): Tom was miscast as Romeo.
  2. to allot (a role) to an unsuitable actor.
  3. to select unsuitable actors for (a play, motion picture, or the like).

Origin of miscast

1925–30; mis-1 + cast1
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verb -casts, -casting or -cast (tr)
  1. to cast badly
  2. (often passive)
    1. to cast (a role or the roles) in (a play, film, etc) inappropriatelyFalstaff was certainly miscast
    2. to assign an inappropriate role tohe was miscast as Othello
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Word Origin and History for miscast

late 14c., "to cast (a glance, an 'eye') with evil intent" see mis- (1) + cast (v.). Theatrical sense of "to place an actor in an unsuitable roll" is first recorded 1927. Related: Miscasting.

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