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6 Times Different Actresses Portrayed the Same Characters, and It’s Hard to Tell Who Did a Better Job

Some stories, no matter if they’re fictional or real, garner so many fans that directors want to make movies about them again and again. Sometimes, they manage to make a great film that’s just as good as the one before. But they also run the risk of making mistakes by adding some inappropriate plot twists or hiring an actor that’s wrong for the role. And all their efforts vanish amid a sea of critique and negativity.

We at Bright Side wanted to compare some films where different actresses appeared in the same roles. And it’s hard for us to decide who did a better job. Plus, in the bonus section, you’ll find a curious celebrity trio.

Marie Antoinette

  • Michèle Morgan (Marie Antoinette Queen of France, 1956)

  • Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette, 2006)

  • Diane Kruger (Farewell, My Queen, 2012)

Belle

  • Josette Day (Beauty and the Beast, 1946)

  • Léa Seydoux (Beauty and the Beast, 2014)

  • Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, 2017)

Alice

  • Kate Beckinsale (Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1998)

  • Mia Wasikowska (Alice Through the Looking Glass, 2010)

  • Keira Chansa (Come Away, 2020)

Morticia Addams

  • Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family, 1964–1966)

  • Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family, 1991)

  • Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family, 1998–1999)

Catherine Earnshaw

  • Juliette Binoche (Wuthering Heights, 1992)

  • Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, 2009)

  • Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights, 2011)

Marilyn Monroe

  • Sophie Monk (The Mystery of Natalie Wood, 2004)

  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, 2011)

  • Ana de Armas (Blonde, 2021)

Bonus: Anne Boleyn

  • Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, 2007–2010)

  • Natalie Portman (The Other Boleyn Girl, 2008)

  • Jodie Turner-Smith (Anne Boleyn, 2021)

Who of these actresses do you think played the role better? And who would you replace?

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