10+ Iconic Characters Who Stayed In Our Hearts And Surprisingly Returned To The Screen Years Later

Sometimes, we think back on our favorite movies and wonder how many years they go by. Perhaps, the movie plots are so interesting, sometimes 1 or 2 seasons are not enough for some. Additionally, we often remind the characters that impact a part of our lives. Most of the characters are ones with the most memorable or quotable lines, or even they become someone’s nightmares.
Many fans hope that their beloved characters can come back on screen as soon as possible. Luckily, some directors seemingly realized that and decided to bring back the stories that stole millions of hearts. Then, many new adventures are starting.
We’ve rounded up 11 characters that came back after a long time with the original actors.

#1 Laura Dern and Sam Neill: Jurassic Park III and Jurassic World Dominio

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The last time we see Dr. Ellie Sattler and Dr. Alan Grant was in the third installment of “Jurassic Park”. Finally, after over 2 decades, we can see the chemistry between them again.

#2 Harrison Ford: Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull and the untitled fifth Indiana Jones film

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Do you still remember the brave Indiana Jones in the movie “Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull”? The last time we saw the character, played byHarrison Ford was 19 years ago. However, the script for the fifth installment was completed and the movie will release in 2023.

#3 Val Kilmer: Top Gun and Top Gun: Maverick

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It is a piece of happy news for Val Kilmer’s fans when the character Tom “Iceman” Kazansky he portrayed came back. In the sequel, his character becomes an admiral who considers Maverick not to abandon the group of pilots.

#4 Amy Adams: Enchanted and Disenchanted

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Amy Adams who portrayed Giselle takes the crown again after 15 years. The actress shared “The last time I really danced as much as is required here, I was 20. It feels different at 40”.

#5 Willem Dafoe: Spider-Man 3 and Spider-Man: No Way Home

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Willem Dafoe appeared in “Spider-Man: No Way Home” after 14 years of starring in “Spider-Man 3”. Willem Dafoe said that his character Green Goblin became a villain who sneaked into Tom Holland’s character’s dimension.

#6 Andrew Garfield: The Amazing Spider-Man and Spider-Man: No Way Home

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After the failure of “The Amazing Spider-Man”, Andrew Garfield continued to take part in “Spider-Man: No Way Home”. In the 2021 blockbuster, he showed off his hero skills well.

#7 Ernie Hudson: Ghostbusters II and Ghostbusters: Afterlife

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Ghostbusters II is a 1989 supernatural comedy film, starring Ernie Hudson as Winston Zeddemore. In 2021, he returned to the role of Winston Zeddemore in “Ghostbusters: Afterlife”. For him, it was an interesting experience.

#8 Sharon Stone: Basic Instinct and Basic Instinct 2

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Sharon Stone rose to fame for her role as Catherine Tramell in ‘Basic Instinct”. It was a major driving force for filmmakers to produce the second sequel. Unfortunately, it was not successful.

#9 Bill Pullman: Independence Day and Independence Day: Resurgence

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“Independence Day”, in which Bill Pullman embodied Thomas J. Whitmore, was the highest-grossing film of 1996. 20 years later, the sequel was released in theaters and the actor reprised his role.

#10 Keanu Reeves: The Matrix Revolutions and The Matrix Resurrections

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Keanu Reeves’s had to wait 18 years to see the actors in the role of Neo in “The Matrix Resurrections”. Before that, he starred in “The Matrix Revolutions” as a cybercriminal and computer programmer.

#11 Hayden Christensen: Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith and Obi-Wan Kenobi

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Hayden Christensen received a lot of praise from critics and movie buffs when portraying Anakin Skywalker in ‘Star Wars: Episode III — Revenge of the Sith”. In 2022, he returned to the screen to bring back the memorable Darth Vader.
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