Many movies illustrate the lives of characters from childhood to adulthood. Therefore, the casting directors often choose the cast who are able to keep a resemblance between each other. This, inevitably, enhance the authenticity of the movie and contribute to its success.
Some directors even invited actors’ younger or older siblings to play a role or some scenes in the movies. For example, Jamie Lynn, Britney Spear’s younger sister, portrayed Lucy in her youth in Crossroads or Elle Fanning played Dakota’s younger version in I Am Sam.
Below are 12 pairs of actors who played the same character but at different ages. Scrolling through to see them.
#1 Gia Carangi in Gia
“Gia” is a 1998 American biographical drama television film focusing on the difficulties that famous supermodel, Gia Carangi went through. The film stars Angelina Jolie as Gia, and Mila Kunis as Gia at the age of 11.
#2 Melanie Carmichael and Jake Perry in Sweet Home Alabama
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“Sweet Home Alabama” is a 2002 American romantic comedy film directed by Andy Tennant. The film goes around the love story of two childhood friends: Melanie Carmichael and Jake Perry. Josh Lucas and Thomas Curtis played Jake Perry and Melanie respectively during their childhood. Josh Lucas and Reese Witherspoon took charge of their older selves.
#3 Lila Wittenborn in Evening
“Evening” is a 2007 American drama film directed by Lajos Koltai. The screenplay by Susan Minot and Michael Cunningham is based on the 1998 novel of the same name by Susan Minot. The movie tells the story of the last days of a woman. Mamie Gummer played Lila Wittenborn in her youth and then Meryl Streep took over when Lila Wittenborn became an old lady.
#4 Sally and Gillian Owens in Practical Magic
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“Practical Magic” is a 1998 American fantasy romantic comedy film based on the 1995 novel of the same name by Alice Hoffman. The story portrays the lives of two witches, Sally and Gillian Owens. Raised by their aunts after their parent’s death, the sisters grew up in a household that was anything but normal, their aunts taught them the uses of practical magic. Sandra Bullock was cast as Sally Owens, a witch who became widowed after the Owens curse killed her husband and Camilla Belle was a young version of Sally Owens. Nicole Kidman played Gillian Owens, Sally’s sister, who grew restless with her family’s estrangement in their small town and became the victim of an abusive relationship.
#5 Rose DeWitt Bukater in Titanic
“Titanic” is a 1997 American film about two young lovers aboard the ill-fated RMS Titanic during their voyage in 1912. Rose DeWitt Bukater’s character was brought to the big screen by Kate Winslet. However, in the first scenes of the movie, an older Rose was embodied by Gloria Stuart. Despite the age gap, we can see the resemblance between them.
#6 Professor X in X-Men
“X-Men” is an American superhero film series based on the fictional superhero team of the same name. The movie depicts a world where a proportion of mutants don’t believe in normal humans. In the movie, Patrick Stewart portrayed professor Xavier while James McAvoy played his younger version.
#7 Obi-Wan Kenobi in the Star Wars saga
In the first installment of Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi was described as a mysterious and lonely man living in the desert. The character was played by Sir Alec Guinness, a British actor while his younger version was taken over by Ewan McGregor, a Scottish actor.
#8 Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
“Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade” is the third film in the Indiana Jones series. The story follows archaeologist Indiana Jones as he discovered that his estranged father has been missing while seeking out clues leading to the Holy Grail. Harrison Ford played Indiana Jones while River Phoenix played him at his younger age.
#9 Mystique in X-men
In the first three parts of ‘X-men”, the actress and model Rebecca embodied Mystique. However, in the fourth installment, Jennifer took Rebecca’s role to bring the strange but charming character to the big screen.
#10 Mike O’Donnell in 17 Again
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“17 Again” is a fantasy comedy film directed by Burr Steers. The movie followed a 37-year-old man named Mike who became his 17-year-old self after by chance. Matthew Perry was in the role of Mike at age 37 while Efron played the character at age 17.
#11 Noah Calhoun in The Notebook
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“The Notebook” is a contemporary love story set in the pre-and post-World War II era. Noah and Allie spend a wonderful time together but her family prevents them from staying together. The role of the young and handsome Noad was played by Ryan Gosling, a Canadian actor, and his older self was taken over by James Garner.
#12 Bill Denbrough in It: Chapter Two
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“It Chapter Two” is an American supernatural horror film, directed by Andy Muschietti. In the first installment of this movie, ‘Losers Club” confronted and defeated the evil Pennywise. Jaeden Martell played the brave young Denbrough and Jame McAvoy embodied the character when being an adult.