Often, when a film becomes a box office success, audiences eagerly await its sequel. Often these sequels are planned in advance during the development of the first film, bearing in mind that it may take a series of installments to deliver the full story, which frequently happens with screen adaptations. , as Harry Potter. On other occasions, sequels are triggered almost by chance, spurred on by the unexpected success of the original film. These follow-ups usually focus on a new storyline featuring familiar and beloved characters, and due to high audience expectations, they can turn into huge hits or flops.
Regardless of the circumstances, a sequel involves a great deal of commitment from the production team and cast, as their dedication to a character and story usually lasts longer than expected. And for many reasons, in some cases, actors are unable to reprise their roles, forcing producers to find different ways to replace them in the sequel. Sometimes they directly decide to kill off the character of the sequel, or if possible, to rebuild them technologically, depending on the relevance of the character. Other times, they choose to replace the original actor with one who looks like him, hoping the substitution won’t be too harsh. This article reviews eight cases in which an actor had to be replaced by another in a sequel, and why.
8 Crispin Glover—Back to the Future Part II
Crispin Glover was cast as George McFly, the father of Back to the futurethe main character, Marty. Following the blockbuster’s popularity, plans to Back to the future part II quickly kicked into gear, reminiscent of the comedians from the previous cast. From the start of the negotiations, Glover could not agree with the producers: he asked for too much money to be involved in the script. Following his refusal, the script was restructured in order to keep the character onscreen as little as possible, with George being played by actor Jeffrey Weissman, who wore makeup to look like Glover. Additionally, footage of Glover from the first film was used, leading to the actor filing a lawsuit claiming they used his likeness without his consent, as reported by Slash Film. Despite this and a few other tweaks, the film still became a box office success.
seven Rachel Weisz – The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor
During the 1999 reboot of The Mummy, Rachel Weisz is Evelyn Carnahan, the smart librarian who ends up marrying the main character, Rick O’Connell (Brendan Fraser). The second installment of The Mummyin 2001, featured all the main characters reprising their roles, but this was not the case for the third installment, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, in 2008. Several years after the second film, Weisz decided to decline the offer to reprise her role as Evelyn. Per Screen Rant, the main reason for turning down the role was that the actress wanted to spend more time with her family, but she wasn’t too happy with the script either. As a result, the character of Evelyn was played by Maria Bello, but unfortunately the third film in the franchise was poorly received by critics and audiences.
6 Terrence Howard—Iron Man 2
Terrence Howard appeared in the 2008 film Iron Man as Colonel James Rhodes, an Air Force officer and close friend of Tony Stark. However, the actor did not join the MCU for any other film, since, after being approached to participate in the Iron Man afterwards, he could not agree with the producers on his salary. Thus, since iron man 2 and subsequently in other films in this cinematic universe, the character of Rhodey was given to Don Cheadle. Luckily, fans were happy with this new cast and stuck with him throughout the rest of the movies.
5 Gloria Foster – The Matrix Revolutions
During the first two films of The matrix franchise, Gloria Foster is the Oracle, a crucial character for the development of the plot. However, for The matrix revolutions, the third installment released in 2003, Foster was unfortunately unable to participate as the actress died two years earlier due to complications from diabetes. The person in charge of continuing the character was Mary Alice, which resulted in a slight change in the storyline to explain the transformation in the character’s appearance.
4 Richard Harris – Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Richard Harris‘ The story has similarities to that of Gloria Foster. Harris was responsible for bringing Albus Dumbledore, the mythical headmaster of Hogwarts, to life in Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone and Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A few weeks before the premiere of this latest film, the actor died. The production therefore found itself with the heavy task of replacing an actor already appreciated by the public. In Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, the 2004 film, Michael Gambon made his first appearance as Albus Dumbledore, and thanks to the use of makeup, the actor looked a lot like Harris. However, the tone of this new Dumbledore was considerably harsher than that of the first two films, which was criticized by fans. Because of this, by the next movie his personality softened somewhat, although gradually as the movies got darker, so did Dumbledore.
3 Katie Holmes – The Dark Knight
In batman beginsthe first movie of The Dark Knight Trilogy, Katie Holmes starred as Rachel Dawes, Bruce Wayne’s childhood friend and eventual love interest. Three years later, The black Knightthe second installment of the trilogy, was released in theaters and the role of Dawes was passed on to Maggie Gyllenhaal, with Holmes deciding not to reprise the character as she was interested in another project.
2 Edward Norton – The Avengers
The Incredible Hulk is a 2008 Marvel Studios production intended as a reboot of Pontoonthe 2003 film. In it, Edward Norton brought the giant green superhero to life and his performance managed to justify the poor reviews of the 2003 film. However, Norton never joined the MCU after that episode and has since been replaced by the actor Marc Ruffalowhich first appeared in The Avengers. According to Norton, his departure from the MCU was a personal decision, as he wanted to branch out in his career. Still, Marvel Studios said they recast the actor because they were looking to find a performer willing to be part of an ensemble cast. Either way, Ruffalo did a great job portraying the character, so much so that he became a fan favorite.
1 Jodie Foster—Hannibal
In Thesilenceofthelambsthe 1991 movie, Jodie Foster played Clarice Starling, a young FBI intern who tries to catch a serial killer, and for that she seeks the help of Dr. Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins), a killer and cannibalistic psychiatrist who is in prison. Their relationship in the film captivated audiences, and the performances of the two actors earned them a slew of nominations and awards, including an Academy Award for Best Actor and Best Actress. Yet, despite stating that she would potentially be part of a sequel, Foster rejected the offer to reprise her role in Hannibal, the film released ten years later. There are several reasons for this rejection. For one thing, Foster was working on the movie Plum Flora, a project quite different in nature from Hannibal, and moreover, she was not too convinced by the scenario of this opus and by the way the character of Clarice was portrayed. Consequently, and after considering different options, Julianne Moore ended up reprising the role and went on to play Clarice Starling in the 2001 film. Moore’s portrayal of the character was very different from Foster’s, which is why she received mixed reviews from audiences and critics.