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Ryan Gosling as Ken, and 10+ Other Times Actors Brought Our Favorite Characters to Life

Due to popularity and demand, the movie industry sometimes adapts stories that were originally created in one format, like a book, a game, or a comic, to fit in another. This is quite exciting because it gives the fans the opportunity to see their favorite characters portrayed in a new way. And some actors nail their roles perfectly, as if the characters were created with them in mind.

Bright Side is excited about the release of the Barbie live-action film, and we want to share its teaser photo of Ryan Gosling with you, as well as look back at other fan-favorite portrayals of fictional characters.

1. Meryl Streep as Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada

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The movie was based on the 2003 novel of the same name.

2. Nick Robinson as Simon Spier in Love, Simon

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The book, Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda, came out in 2015 and was followed by the movie, Love, Simon.

3. Ashley Greene as Alice in Twilight

The famous movie franchise started out as novels by Stephenie Meyer.

4. David Castañeda as Diego Hargreeves in The Umbrella Academy

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The show is based on the comics by My Chemical Romance frontman Gerard Way.

5. Shailene Woodley as Hazel in The Fault in Our Stars

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The audience first met Hazel in the novel, The Fault in Our Stars, by John Green before she came onto the Hollywood scene.

6. Neel Sethi as Mowgli in The Jungle Book

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The live-action movie of the book and animated series of the same name received good reviews from both audiences and critics.

7. Liu Yifei as Mulan in Mulan

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In 2020, Disney continued the release of live-action movies for their animated films, and Mulan was no exception, as it is based on the 1998 cartoon.

8. Michael Cera as Scott Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World

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Scott Pilgrim is a series of graphic novels that later got turned into a movie starring Michael Cera.

9. Katie Cassidy as Laurel Lance in Arrow

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While another version of Laurel Lance was played by Jurnee Smollett-Bell in the movie, Birds of Prey, Katie Cassidy brought her to life first when she started playing her on the show, Arrow.

10. Steven Yeun as Glenn on The Walking Dead

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The Walking Dead is a popular show that was originally based on the comic book series of the same name.

11. Ryan Gosling as Ken in Barbie

The movie based on the famous toy line will come out in 2023.

12. Margot Robbie as Barbie in Barbie

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While Ryan Gosling is playing Ken, the main character will be played by Margot Robbie.

Are you excited about Barbie? What’s your favorite movie adaptation? What actors would you like to see play your favorite book or game characters?

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