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

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Some tales, whether fictional or true, attract so many fans that filmmakers want to make films about them over and over again. They sometimes succeed in making a great film that is just as successful as the one before it. However, they run the risk of making errors such as inserting inappropriate plot twists or recruiting the wrong actor for the part. And in the midst of a sea of criticism and negativity, all of their efforts disappear.

Marie Antoinette

© Marie-Antoinette reine de France / Les Films Gibé© Marie Antoinette / Columbia Pictures© Les Adieux à la reine / Canal+
  • Michèle Morgan (Marie Antoinette Queen of France, 1956)
  • Kirsten Dunst (Marie Antoinette, 2006)
  • Diane Kruger (Farewell, My Queen, 2012)

Belle

© La belle et la bête / Les Films André Paulvé© La belle & la bête / Pathé© Beauty and the Beast / Walt Disney Pictures
  • Josette Day (Beauty and the Beast, 1946)
  • Léa Seydoux (Beauty and the Beast, 2014)
  • Emma Watson (Beauty and the Beast, 2017)

Alice

© Alice Through the Looking Glass / Channel 4 Television Corporation© Alice Through the Looking Glass / Walt Disney Pictures© Come Away / ACE Pictures Entertainment
  • Kate Beckinsale (Alice Through the Looking Glass, 1998)
  • Mia Wasikowska (Alice Through the Looking Glass, 2010)
  • Keira Chansa (Come Away, 2020)

Morticia Addams

© The Addams Family / Filmways Television© The Addams Family / Paramount Pictures© The New Addams Family / Saban International
  • Carolyn Jones (The Addams Family, 1964–1966)
  • Anjelica Huston (The Addams Family, 1991)
  • Ellie Harvie (The New Addams Family, 1998–1999)

Catherine Earnshaw

© Emily Brontë’s Wuthering Heights / Paramount Pictures© Wuthering Heights / Mammoth Screen© Wuthering Heights / Ecosse Films
  • Juliette Binoche (Wuthering Heights, 1992)
  • Charlotte Riley (Wuthering Heights, 2009)
  • Kaya Scodelario (Wuthering Heights, 2011)

Marilyn Monroe

© The Mystery of Natalie Wood / ABC© My Week with Marilyn / BBC Films© Blonde / Plan B Entertainment
  • Sophie Monk (The Mystery of Natalie Wood, 2004)
  • Michelle Williams (My Week with Marilyn, 2011)
  • Ana de Armas (Blonde, 2021)

Bonus: Anne Boleyn

© The Other Boleyn Girl / BBC Films© The Tudors / Showtime© jodiesmith / Instagram
  • Natalie Dormer (The Tudors, 2007–2010)
  • Natalie Portman (The Other Boleyn Girl, 2008)
  • Jodie Turner-Smith (Anne Boleyn, 2021)

Which of these actresses do you think did a better job in the role? And who would you appoint to take their place?

Preview photo credit The Mystery of Natalie Wood / ABCMy Week with Marilyn / BBC FilmsBlonde / Plan B Entertainment