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18 Times Movie Creators Found a Perfect Combination of Actors Who Portrayed The Same Character at a Different Age

Many movie timelines span decades and even lifetimes, so it’s important for casting directors to pick actors that look the same. Otherwise, they wouldn’t be believable as younger and older versions of the same person. As we know that aging is a tricky thing in Hollywood so it’s hard to get it right offscreen. Sometimes the casting is perfect, and other times, well not so much.

In some cases, the casting is a no-brainer – like actors have younger siblings who totally look like them. For instant, Elle Fanning played Dakota’s younger version in “I Am Sam”, or Jamie-Lynn Spears portrayed her big sister Britney’s young version in “Crossroads”. In other cases, casting directors are talented enough to find another version of their characters. For the 1998 film “Practical Magic”, Camilla Belle was picked to play the younger version of Sandra Bullock’s grown-up witch Sally Owens.

We’ve rounded up 18 times when moviemakers actors who are so perfect to play the same character at a different age. Keep scrolling down to discover. If you are looking for more, click here, here, and here.

#1 Josh Baskin, Big — David Moscow and Tom Hanks

the same character at a different ageSource: © Big / Twentieth Century Fox and co-producers

#2 Kate, This Is Us — Mackenzie Hancsicsak and Chrissy Metz

the same character at a different ageSource: © This Is Us / 20th Television and co-producers

#3 Briony, Atonement — Saoirse Ronan, Romola Garai, and Vanessa Redgrave

the same character at a different ageSource: © Atonement / Universal Pictures and co-producers

#4 Randall, This Is Us — Sterling K. Brown and Niles Fitch

the same character at a different ageSource: © This Is Us / 20th Television and co-producers

#5 CC Bloom, Beaches — Mayim Bialik and Bette Midler

the same character at a different ageSource: © Beaches / Touchstone Pictures and co-producers

#6 Tonya Harding, I,Tonya — Mckenna Grace and Margot Robbie

the same character at a different ageSource: © I,Tonya / AI-Film and co-producers

#7 John, Ted — Bretton Manley and Mark Wahlberg

the same character at a different ageSource: © Ted / Universal Pictures and co-producers

#8 Beth Clarke, This Is Us — Rachel Hilson and Susan Kelechi Watson

the same character at a different ageSource: © This Is Us / 20th Television and co-producers

#9 Jean Gray, Dark Phoenix — Summer Fontana and Sophie Turner

Source: © Dark Phoenix / Twentieth Century Fox and co-producers

#10 Shauna, Yellowjackets — Sophie Nélisse and Melanie Lynskey

Source: © Yellowjackets / Creative Engine Entertainment and co-producer

#11 Brittany, Glee — Loryn Shay Charbonnier and Heather Morris

Source: © Glee / Twentieth Century Fox and co-producers

#12 Amy, Little Women — Kirsten Dunst and Samantha Mathis

Source: © Little Women / Columbia Pictures and co-producers

#13 Winifred, Hocus Pocus 2 — Taylor Henderson and Bette Midler

Source: © Hocus Pocus 2 / Walt Disney Pictures and co-producers

#14 Taissa, Yellowjackets — Jasmin Savoy Brown and Tawny Cypress

Source: © Yellowjackets / Creative Engine Entertainment and co-producers

#15 Queen Elizabeth II, The Crown — Claire Foy and Olivia Colman

Source: © The Crown / Sony Pictures Television and co-producers

#16 Emma, Once Upon a Time — Abby Ross and Jennifer Morrison

Source: © Once Upon a Time / ABC Signature and co-producers

#17 Mia, Little Fires Everywhere — Tiffany Boone and Kerry Washington

Source: © Little Fires Everywhere / ABC Signature and co-producers

#18 Diana, Wonder Woman — Lilly Aspell and Gal Gadot

Source: © Wonder Woman / Warner Bros. Entertainment, Inc. and co-producers