21 Best-Cast Older Versions Of Actors In TV Shows And Movies

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I gotta say, I love when shows utilize flash-forwards, and every once in a while, I like a good time jump.

an aerial view of a man with the words "four years later"
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One thing that really bothers me when shows do this, though, is when they cast a bafflingly wrong actor to play the older version of a character. Like, I'm sorry, but in what world is this the same character?

Young Jamie and Older Jamie in "The Haunting of Bly Manor" looking nothing alike

I love both of the above actors, but their face shapes, eyes, and noses are totally different!

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But when the casting is right...well, I get very impressed. Here are 21 times they cast the perfect person as the older version of a character!

1.Let's start with an upcoming one: Rhaenyra Targaryen from House of the Dragon, currently played by Milly Alcock.

a young Rhaenyra
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In a time jump, she'll soon be replaced with Emma D’Arcy.

an older Rhaenyra
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Here they are side by side.

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Ollie Upton / HBO

2.Alicent will also be changed out for an older actor. Here's Emily Carey, who plays the character now.

a young woman
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And here is Olivia Cooke as Alicent after the time jump.

Alicent a bit older
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Here are the two side by side.

Their nose shape is different (and eyebrow shape, but that's really just due to the makeup used for their brows — shame on you, makeup department), but otherwise they look exactly the same!!

Their nose shape is different (and eyebrow shape, but that's really just due to the makeup used for their brows — shame on you, makeup department), but otherwise they look exactly the same!!

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3.Yellowjackets does an amazing job of this. Here's Sophie Nelisse as Shauna when she's younger.

teenage Shauna
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And here's Melanie Lynskey as older Shauna when it flashes forward.

older Shauna sitting in a diner
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Here's a side by side.

I'm sorry, but are these women not identical???

I'm sorry, but are these women not identical???

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4.Also on Yellowjackets, here's Taissa when she's young, as played by Jasmin Savoy Brown.

young Taissa
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And here's her as an adult, played by Tawny Cypress.

older Taissa
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Here they are side by side.

Older Taissa's nose is slightly more sloped, but their jawline, hairline, eyes, and lips are so similar. Obviously Taissa's eyebrows are more shaped as an adult, but that makes sense considering she's wearing makeup and does her eyebrows as an adult and isn't stuck in the wilderness as a teenager. 

Older Taissa's nose is slightly more sloped, but their jawline, hairline, eyes, and lips are so similar. Obviously Taissa's eyebrows are more shaped as an adult, but that makes sense considering she's wearing makeup and does her eyebrows as an adult and isn't stuck in the wilderness as a teenager.

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5.One more Yellowjackets one — here's Misty as a teenager, as played by Samantha Hanratty.

young Misty
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And here's Misty as an adult, played by Christina Ricci.

adult Misty
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Here they are together:

The main difference is in their jaw/cheeks, but considering how much older Misty is in the second photo, it makes sense her cheeks might look less full.

The main difference is in their jaw/cheeks, but considering how much older Misty is in the second photo, it makes sense her cheeks might look less full.

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6.Another show known for multiple timelines, This Is Us, has done some great casting. Probably the most impressive is Deja. Here is Deja in the main timeline of the show, as played by Lyric Ross.

young Deja
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Here's Deja in the future, played by La Trice Harper.

adult Deja
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Here they are next to each other.

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NBC

7.Tess is another great This Is Us example. Here's Tess as a kid/teenager, played by Eris Baker.

teenage Tess
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Here she is as an adult, played by Iantha Richardson.

adult Tess
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Here they are side by side.

  NBC
NBC

8.The Walking Dead featured a prominent time jump in Season 9, causing Judith to age up from a young kid to a preteen. While I don't think these two actors look that similar, I do think the Season 9 actor looks just like a version we saw of Judith in a future vision in Season 8, as played by Kinsley Isla Dillon.

a very young girl
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This is Judith after the time jump, as played by Cailey Fleming.

the girl a little older
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Here they are side by side.

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AMC

9.Kids often have to be recast on shows, as their appearances change more quickly. Like on Desperate Housewives – here are Preston and Porter before the time jump, played by Brent and Shane Kinsman.

Preston and Porter as very young kids
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Here they are after, played by Charlie and Max Carver.

teenage boys
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Here they are side by side.

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Ron Tom / ABC / Courtesy: Everett Collection

10.Penny was also recast multiple times. Here she is as a kid, played by Kendall Applegate.

Penny as a kid
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Here she is as a young teenager, played by Darcy Rose Byrnes.

teenage Penny
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Here they are side by side.

I really only feel like their eyes are different!

I really only feel like their eyes are different!

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11.It's not just TV shows — there are also movies that jump forward. Like Big — here's David Moscow as the younger version of Josh.

David Moscow as a young teenager
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And here's Tom Hanks as the older version.

Tom Hanks as a twentysomething man
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Here they are side by side.

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20th Century Fox / Courtesy: Everett Collection.

12.13 Going on 30 also rapidly ages its protagonist. Here's Jenna as a teenager, played by Christa B. Allen.

teenage Jenna
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13.Here's Jenna as an adult, played by Jennifer Garner.

adult Jenna
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And here they are side by side.

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Sony Pictures Releasing

14.Lucy in also super well cast. Here's Lucy as a kid, played by Alexandra Kyle.

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Sony Pictures Releasing

Here she is as an adult, played by Judy Greer.

adult Lucy
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And here they are side by side.

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Sony Pictures Releasing

15.Another movie example — The Notebook. Here's Rachel McAdams as the younger version of Allie.

Allie as a young woman
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And here's Gena Rowlands as the older version of Allie.

Allie as an older woman
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And here they are side by side.

Their face shape and eyebrows are the same!!

Their face shape and eyebrows are the same!!

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16.Another big movie one is Latika in Slumdog Millionaire. Here she is played by Tanvi Lonkar as a teenager.

teenage Latika
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And here she is played by Freida Pinto as an adult.

adult Latika
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Here they are side by side.

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Fox Searchlight / courtesy Everett Collection

17.Back to TV — when Season 7 of Once Upon a Time recast Henry as much older, I was surprised at how similar the new actor looked! Here's Henry as a teenager, played by Jared S. Gilmore.

teenage Henry
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Here he is as an adult, played by Andrew J. West.

adult Henry
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Here they are side by side.

They both have similar noses, lips, chins, and overall bone structure. I would say the main difference is in their eyes and brow bones, but it's still really close! 

They both have similar noses, lips, chins, and overall bone structure. I would say the main difference is in their eyes and brow bones, but it's still really close!

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18.The Crown spans so much time that they've had to recast many of their actors. For example, Queen Elizabeth II was originally played by Claire Foy.

Claire Foy as a young Queen Elizabeth II
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They then recast her with Olivia Coleman.

Olivia Colman as a middle-aged Queen Elizabeth II
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Here they are side by side.

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Stuart Hendry / Sophia Mutevelian / courtesy Everett Collection

19.They also had to recast Prince Philip. Here he is as a younger adult, played by Matt Smith.

a young Prince Philip
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And here he is older, played by Tobias Menzies.

an older Prince Philip
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Here they are side by side:

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Alex Bailey / Sophia Mutevelian / Netflix / courtesy Everett Collection

20.Finally, let's end on some ones from It, because the casting was stellar for those films. Here's Stanley as a kid in It: Chapter One, played by Wyatt Oleff.

a young boy
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Here he is as an adult in It: Chapter Two, played by Andy Bean.

a young man
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And here they are side by side.

All the adults in It: Chapter Two were great, but I think Stanley looked the most like his kid version from Chapter One.

All the adults in It: Chapter Two were great, but I think Stanley looked the most like his kid version from Chapter One.

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21.Here's Eddie, played by Jack Dylan Grazer, in It: Chapter One.

a young boy
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And here's Eddie, played by James Ransone, in It: Chapter Two.

a young man
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Here they are side by side.

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Warner Bros. Pictures

What older versions of characters do you think were well cast? Let us know in the comments below!