21 Actors Who Should Play Famous People


If someone isn’t casting Jennifer Lawrence in a Helen Mirren biopic, then help me out!

Recently, I wrote about Hollywood’s perfect or awful casting choices in TV and film biopics, and the BuzzFeed community had a parcel to say in the comments. They shared their own dream casting choices for the biopics, and honestly, it’s hard to disagree with their one-off decisions.

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So, if you’re listening, Hollywood, here are some of the most ideal biopic casting choices you should make:

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Note: Not all submissions are from community users.


Dream Biopic Cast: Michaela Coel as Nina Simone

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What Nina Simone looked like:

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Dream biographical cast: Brad Pitt as Robert Redford

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What Brad Pitt looks like:

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Dream biographical cast: Queen Latifah as Zora Neale Hurston

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What Zora Neale Hurston looked like:

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Dream Biopic Cast: Kelly Rowland as Donna Summer

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What does Kelly Rowland look like?

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Dream biographical cast: Jennifer Lawrence as Helen Mirren

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What does Jennifer Lawrence look like:

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Dream Biographical Cast: Keke Palmer as Angela Bassett

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Dream biographical cast: George Clooney as Cary Grant

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Dream Biographical Cast: Taraji P. Henson as Tammi Terrell

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What Taraji P. Henson looks like:

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What Tammi Terrell looked like:

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Dream biographical cast: Will Ferrell as Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer)

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What Will Ferrell looks like:

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What Chad Smith looks like:

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Dream biographical cast: Halle Bailey as Janet Jackson

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What Halle Bailey looks like:

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What Janet Jackson looks like:

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Dream biographical cast: Dakota Johnson as Grace Slick

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What Grace Slick looks like:

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Dream biographical cast: John Boyega as Denzel Washington

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What does John Boyega look like:

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Dream Biographical Cast: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Heath Ledger

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What Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks like:

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What Heath Ledger looked like:

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Dream Biopic Cast: Debra Messing as Lucille Ball

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What Debra Messing looks like:

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What Lucille Ball looked like:

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Dream Biographical Cast: Zoe Saldana as Jada Pinkett Smith

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What Zoe Saldana looks like:

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Dream Biographical Cast: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Teddy Pendergrass

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What Yahya Abdul-Mateen II looks like:

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What Teddy Pendergrass looked like:

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Dream biographical cast: Diana Silvers as Julia Roberts

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Dream biographical cast: Jay Pharoah as Eddie Murphy

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What does Jay Pharoah look like:

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What Eddie Murphy looks like:

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Dream Biographical Cast: Gina Gershon as Raquel Welch

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What Gina Gershon looks like:

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What Raquel Welch looks like:

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Dream biographical cast: Tommy Lee Jones as Andrew Johnson

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What does Tommy Lee Jones look like:

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And the final cast of the dream biopic: Megan Fox as Elizabeth Taylor

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What Megan Fox looks like:

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What Elizabeth Taylor looked like:

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