6 Actors Reprising Iconic Roles
Several of Hollywood’s biggest stars are about to return to the characters they first made iconic years ago. Here are six actors with plans to reprise some of their best-known film roles.
1. Matt Damon
Rumors of another Damon-starring Bourne movie have long since been flying, but the actor himself has just confirmed the news in a recent red carpet interview with E!. He’ll be reprising his role as superspy Jason Bourne in a new installment for the hit action franchise. The latest movie will once again be helmed by director Paul Greengrass, whom Damon says was crucial to his participation. “Paul Greengrass is going to do another one and that’s all I ever said. I just needed him to say yes,” Damon said. The follow-up Bourne flick is slated to arrive at some point in 2016.
2. Jim Carrey
Carrey and co-star Jeff Daniels reprise their roles as Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne in this month’s long-awaited sequel to the original 1994 buddy comedy. The movie takes place 20 years after their last adventure and follows the dim-witted best friends as they once again head out in a joint mission, this time in search of one of their long-lost children. The flick, which also stars Laurie Holden, Kathleen Turner, Paul Blackthorne, Rob Riggle, and Rachel Melvin, is in theaters starting November 14.
3. Harrison Ford
Ford is set to make his return as the original space cowboy, Han Solo, in Star Wars: Episode VII, due out next year. The actor is currently shooting the forthcoming installment of the series after taking a brief hiatus this past summer due to an on-set accident that broke his leg. Photography is set to continue until mid-fall, and despite the delay in filming after Ford’s injury, the movie is reportedly still expected to hit theaters on its original release date of December 18, 2015.
4. William Shatner
Shatner plans to reprise his beloved role as Captain James T. Kirk for a short scene in Roberto Orci’s Star Trek 3, as first revealed earlier this month. Though no specific details regarding the cameo have been confirmed, The Wrap reports that the actor was approached by producer J.J. Abrams about the part, which will feature Shatner sharing a scene with the current Kirk, Chris Pine, as well as Zachary Quinto and the original Spock, Leonard Nimoy. The follow-up film is starting production soon and is scheduled to arrive in theaters sometime in 2016.
5. Keanu Reeves
Reeves is reportedly returning to his role of Ted “Theodore” Logan in a planned follow-up to 1989’s Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure and 1991’s Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey. Co-star Alex Winter will also be reprising his character of Bill S. Preston Esq. in the movie, which has long since been rumored to be in the works. While the film has been stalled for quite some time, Winter confirmed that a third movie in the franchise was still moving forward back in September. Last month, Keanu himself corroborated the claims, revealing that the project has a script but still has no director and is only in the early stages of development.
6. Renee Zellweger
Earlier this month, the actress confirmed that she would star in the long-awaited third Bridget Jones film. Though the project has been in development for the last several years, it hasn’t been able to pick up speed, and co-star Hugh Grant recently confirmed that he has pulled out of the film due to issues with the script. Despite this, Zellweger recently told E! News that she’s still willing to reprise the role, although it remains unclear what exactly the movie’s status is at this time.