15 Recasts Better Than The Original

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7. Ellen Page (Kitty Pryde)

Ellen Page as Kitty Pryde

The youngest mutant had minor cameos in the first two X-Men movies with each being portrayed by a different actress.

Once the female superhero was decided to have a major role in future films, Ellen Page took the role with great aptitude in X-Men: The Last Stand and even reprised the role in X-Men: Days of Future Past.


6. Maggie Gyllenhaal (Rachel Dawes)

Maggie Gyllenhaal as Rachel Dawes

Choosing to star in Mad Money rather than reprise her role as Rachel Dawes in The Dark Knight, Katie Holmes was replaced by Maggie Gyllenhall.

From being a damsel in distress to a much developed character, Gyllenhall certainly did a much better job as Bruce Wayne’s love interest.


5. Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore)

Michael Gambon (Albus Dumbledore

Serving as Albus Dumbledore in the first two movies of the Harry Potter film series, Richard Harris died of Hodgkin’s disease two and a half weeks before the American premier of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Having no choice but to recast the legendary actor, Irish-born English actor Michael Gambon was called to fill the void. With the ability to show wisdom and guidance because of his acting skills, Gambon portrayed the Hogwarts Headmaster in the final six movies of the franchise and proved to be a better casting decision.


4. Ralph Fiennes (Lord Voldemort)

Ralph Fiennes as Lord Voldemort

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Speaking of Harry Potter, Professor Dumbledore was not the only recast in the franchise as so was Lord Voldemort. Played by Richard Bremmer as a parasite in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, it was notable to see him getting replaced by Ralph Fiennes in the future films.

While Bremmer was able to portray a fiendish incarnation of the Dark Lord, it was Fiennes who made Lord Voldemort a global icon and one of the greatest movie villains of all time.


3. Christian Bale (John Connor)

Christain Bale as John Corner Classic Recasts

Nick Stahl was reported to reprise his role of John Conner from Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines but once it was announced that the story of Terminator Salvation will jump forward in time, the studio decided that it was better to cast an older actor.

The recasting proved to be a blessing in disguise as Conner was portrayed by Hollywood mega-star Christian Bale and received much acclaim for his dramatic performance.


2. Elisabeth Shue (Jennifer Parker)

Elisabeth Shue as Jennifer Parker

Originally portrayed by Claudia Wells in the Back to the Future, the actress dropped out because of her mother’s illness and Elisabeth Shue stepped in as the new love interest of Marty McFly.

Much more than a minor character with a pretty face, Shue could actually act and had a more significant role in Back to the Future Part II. On an interesting note, Wells reprised her role as Jennifer Parker twenty-six years later when she had to voice the character in the video game adaption of the franchise.


1. Michael J. Fox (Marty McFly)

Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly

The final entry of the article might be a shocking one considering the fact that Marty McFly was portrayed by Michael J. Fox in all of the three installments of the critically acclaimed Back to the Future franchise.

So how does Fox manages to be in the list? Believe it or not, Fox was not the original actor playing the time-travelling teenager. Eric Stoltz was! Throughout the numerous shooting scenes, director Robert Zemeckis felt that the actor lacked the precise comedic nature he was rooting for.

After five weeks of shooting, the studio made the ultimate decision to recast McFly with Zemeckis’ first choice: Michael J. Fox. With an exact balance of humour and adventure, Fox reprised his role for the sequels as well and the rest is history.


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