15 Then And Now Pictures Of Female Movie Characters

Some movie and television series franchises have been famous with fans for such a long time that changes happen to the characters. Not just the technical part of the program, like picture quality, visual and sound effects but also the cast.

It may have been the case that some celebrities don’t want to continue working with the same franchise, or vice versa—the suits behind the franchise chose not to cast them anymore. Or they simply grew old and it was only logical to get a new actor for the project.

Sarah Connor

Sarah Connor

Linda Hamilton as Sarah Connor is seen throughout much of the Terminator series. And though the likes of Emilia Clarke and Lena Headey have also played the same role in some of the entries of the franchise, Hamilton has ultimately remained the face of Sarah Connor, starting from the original movie in 1984 up until the sequel Terminator: Dark Fate in 2019.

 

Wonder Woman

Wonder Woman

Technically speaking, the first live-action appearance of Wonder Woman was the 5-minute-long 1967 TV pilot short film titled Wonder Woman: Who’s Afraid of Diana Prince? starring Ellie Wood Walker. Then there was the 1974 full-length live-action movie starring Cathy Lee Crosby. Neither of the two was deemed comic-book-accurate, leading to a bad reception by the public.
However, then came the 1975–1979 Wonder Woman TV series starring Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman, who many of us remember fondly as the face of the iconic superwoman.
Today, the most recent incarnation of Wonder Woman is Gal Gadot, having starred in the 2020 movie titled Wonder Woman 1984. However, there’s a 2021 movie already complete—Justice Society: World War II—where the role of Wonder Woman is played by Stana Katic, but Gal Gadot is set to appear in three other movies in the next 3 years, one of which is currently complete, so it’s quite likely that she’ll keep the title of Wonder Woman for now.

Laurie Strode

Laurie Strode

Halloween is one of the most iconic horror movie franchises in film history, right there alongside its ‘little brother’ Friday The 13th, Nightmare On Elm Street, and Hellraiser.

But, did you know that ever since the first movie in 1978, Jamie Lee Curtis has always played the film’s protagonist Laurie Strode? With the exception of 2007’s Halloween, which is dubbed Rob Zombie’s Halloween where Laurie is played by Scout Taylor-Compton, she has been and continues to be Laurie Strode right up until the recently announced Halloween Ends due 2022.

Michael Myers, on the other hand, had different stunt doubles, different young and adult actors, and even different actors play him depending on whether he’s masked or not.

 

Jeanne d’Arc

Jeanne d'Arc

Also known as Joan of Arc, the historical female figure has been imagined and reimagined on the screen multiple times by multiple actresses throughout the years.
Jeanne d’Arc films have been gracing the world as early as 1898 with the release of the short film Execution of Joan of Arc, where it’s unknown who played the role of Jeanne, followed by another short film, Joan of Arc from 1900, where she’s played by French film actress Jehanne D’Alcy. Others, like Maria Falconetti (1928), Ingrid Bergman (1948), and Milla Jovovich (1999) have also taken on the role, with the most recent being Lise Leplat Prudhomme in 2019’s Joan of Arc. Yeah, she does look super young, but remember that Jeanne herself is estimated to have been around 17 when she took part in battles and around 19 when she died.

 

Cruella De Vil

Cruella De Vil

Cruella is one of the most well-known Disney villains out there. But before she became a Disney villain, she was an antagonist in Dodie Smith’s 1956 novel The Hundred and One Dalmatians. It was five years later that she became a key figure in the Disney Universe.

Even though her first visual appearance was the animated adaptation of the novel back in 1961, the first live-action actress to take on the role was Glenn Close in 1996. Since then, the likes of Wendy Raquel Robinson and Victoria Smurfit been chosen to portray Cruella in the movie Descendants (2015) and the fourth and fifth seasons of Once Upon a Time (2011-2018) respectively, it seems that Close will not return to play the role any time soon as the upcoming (currently due 2021) live-action film Cruella, which will be detailing Cruella’s backstory, has will have Emma Stone take the lead as the antagonist.

 

Lara Croft

Lara Croft

This one’s a bit of a double whammy. Lara Croft was first a video game character, not a movie personality, but in both the games and the movies, she has changed. In the games, it was partly a natural progression of computer graphics, but the change was a bit more drastic in the tenth title in the series in 2013. The same happened in the movies: Angelina Jolie kicked it off in 2001’s Tomb Raider and continued in 2003’s The Cradle Of Life, and Alicia Vikander took over the role in 2018’s reboot.

Irene Adler

Irene Adler

Being a long-lasting and legendary franchise, the Sherlock Holmes films and series have seen numerous changes in all regards. One of the more significant ones is the wide variety of actresses who played Irene Adler. Adler was only mentioned in one original story by Arthur Conan Doyle but has become one of the most notable characters in the Sherlock Holmes series.

Now, seemingly the first possible visual representation of Adler was back in ca. 1882, particularly of actress Lillie Langtry, but the first credited appearance of Irene Adler in film history was actually in 1921’s A Scandal in Bohemia, where she was played by Joan Beverley. Sadly, the earliest picture that we could find was of Larisa Solovyova’s Adler from 1983’s The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson: The Treasures of Agra TV mini-series, but even there, we see a stark contrast in how it was and how it is.

As mentioned, many women were in this role: besides the ones mentioned previously, there were also lga Edwardes, Liliana Komorowska, Anne Baxter, Morgan Fairchild, Charlotte Rampling, Anna Chancellor, Rachel McAdams, and many more. The latest live-action incarnation of Adler is Natalie Dormer in Elementary (2012-2019).

 

April O’Neill

April O'Neill

Fun Fact: April made her debut as a computer programmer in the 1984 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comics, but was later portrayed as a news reporter in the 1987 animated series of the same name. Talk about consistency!
It wasn’t until 1990 that the franchise got a movie adaptation. April was first portrayed by Judith Hoag, but just a year later, The Secret Of Ooze came out and Paige Turco took over, which was also the case for Turtles In Time in 1993. After quite a while—in 2014—April made her next physical appearance, played by Megan Fox, who was also cast in the 2016 Out Of The Shadows sequel.

Miss Moneypenny

Miss Moneypenny

Everyone who is familiar with James Bond is bound to know Ms. Moneypenny. If not under this exact name, then at least under the names Eve or Jane—cause, you know, spy movies.
Anyway, throughout the years, several different actresses have taken on playing Moneypenny, starting with Lois Maxwell, who played the secretary in Dr. No from 1962. She’s actually made over 15 appearances as Moneypenny in various Bond movies between 1962 and 1985 and is considered the iconic face of the character.
Today, Naomie Harris has taken over as Ms. Moneypenny, having done so as early as 2012 for the movie Bond movie Skyfall, but has also voiced the character for the video game 007 Legends. In 2021, she will appear in No Time To Die.

Cleopatra

Cleopatra

Cleopatra is another one of those female personalities that have many incarnations in film. And it’s not just films dedicated solely to her, but also films that include Cleopatra into the plot, like Asterix & Obelix: Mission Cleopatra (2002).
Throughout history, she has been portrayed by a number of actresses, including Claudette Colbert, María Antonieta Pons, Loray White, Janet Suzman, Helen Gardner, Anna Valle, Alessandra Negrini, Theda Bara, Vivien Leigh, Leonor Varela, and many more. Cleopatra’s earliest credited appearance in the film was in 1912, played by actress Helen Gardner, while the most recent ones are by Alessandra Negrini and Lyndsey Marshal in 2007.

Wicked Witch Of The West

Wicked Witch Of The West

The Wizard Of Oz franchise was first and foremost a children’s novel written by L. Frank Baum, that quickly became a cultural phenomenon that has spawned many movies, series, animations, comics, theater plays, and much, much more.
And though a lot of things have changed over the 120-plus years of its existence, one of the key characters who has changed the most is the Wicked Witch. Not only did the witch have a different name in many of the live-action adaptations, but the look has also undergone some drastic changes.
Starting in the 1910s The Wonderful Wizard of Oz, the Witch (named Momba) looked like a traditional witch. This continued throughout much of the series, including the famed 1939 The Wizard Of Oz adaptation where the Witch, now named Bastinda, is seen being green. Me green, me mean, right?
Well, all of that was completely revamped in the 2017 drama series Emerald City, where the Wicked Witch of the West (appropriately named West) now has no green skin and is quite a dark and grim-looking character in general, making for one of the most drastic transformations in film history.
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