21 Actors Who Were Born To Portray Famous People In Movies, And Should Be Cast IMMEDIATELY

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Recently I wrote an article about Hollywood's perfect vs. horrible casting choices in TV and movie biopics, and the BuzzFeed Community had a lot to say in the comments. They shared their own dream casting choices for biopics, and honestly, it's hard to disagree with their spot-on decisions.

Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge in "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge;" Dorothy Dandridge in "Carmen Jones"
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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.

1.Dream biopic casting: Michaela Coel as Nina Simone

Coel presenting at the European Shooting Stars
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What Michael Coel looks like:

Coel presenting at the European Shooting Stars
Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images

What Nina Simone looked like:

Simone on "Top of the Pops" in 1968
Ron Howard / Redferns / Getty Images

2.Dream biopic casting: Brad Pitt as Robert Redford

  Marc Piasecki / FilmMagic / Getty Images, Hulton Archive / Getty Images
Marc Piasecki / FilmMagic / Getty Images, Hulton Archive / Getty Images

What Brad Pitt looks like:

Pitt at a screening for "Once Upon a Time in Hollywood"
Marc Piasecki / FilmMagic / Getty Images

What Robert Redford looks like:

Reford taking a portrait in the 1970s
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3.Dream biopic casting: Queen Latifah as Zora Neale Hurston

Latifah at the
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What Queen Latifah looks like:

Latifah at the "Girls Trip" movie premiere
Barry King / Getty Images

What Zora Neale Hurston looked like:

Hurston posing for a portrait in the late '30s/early '40s
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4.Dream biopic casting: Kelly Rowland as Donna Summer

Rowland at the premiere for
Amanda Edwards / WireImage / Getty Images, Michael Putland / Getty Images

What Kelly Rowland looks like:

Rowland at the premiere for "Girls Trip"
Amanda Edwards / WireImage / Getty Images

What Donna Summer looked like:

Summer at the Music for UNICEF show in 1979
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5.Dream biopic casting: Jennifer Lawrence as Helen Mirren

Lawrence at the Oscars in 2018
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What Jennifer Lawrence looks like:

Lawrence at the Oscars in 2018
Steve Granitz / WireImage / Getty Images

What Helen Mirren looks like:

Mirren posing for a portrait in 1970
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6.Dream biopic casting: Keke Palmer as Angela Bassett

Palmer at the
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What Keke Palmer looks like:

Palmer at the "Hustlers" premiere
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What Angela Bassett looks like:

Bassett at Forest Whitaker's Hollywood Walk of Fame event
Christopher Polk / FilmMagic / Getty Images

7.Dream biopic casting: George Clooney as Cary Grant

Clooney at the Golden Globes in 2013
Jason Merritt / Getty Images, Keystone / Getty Images

What George Clooney looks like:

Clooney at the Golden Globes in 2013
Jason Merritt / Getty Images

What Cary Grant looked like:

Grant posing for a portrait in 1955
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8.Dream biopic casting: Taraji P. Henson as Tammi Terrell

Henson at an event in 2018
Michael Loccisano / Getty Images, Gab Archive / Redferns / Getty Images

What Taraji P. Henson looks like:

Henson at an event in 2018
Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

What Tammi Terrell looked like:

Terrell posing with Marvin Gaye in the '60s
Gab Archive / Redferns / Getty Images

9.Dream biopic casting: Will Ferrell as Chad Smith (the drummer from the Red Hot Chili Peppers)

Ferrell attends the premiere of
Dominik Bindl / WireImage / Getty Images, David Buchan / Getty Images

What Will Ferrell looks like:

Ferrell attends the premiere of "Downhill"
Dominik Bindl / WireImage / Getty Images

What Chad Smith looks like:

Smith attends the Premiere of "Glen Campbell... I'll Be Me"
David Buchan / Getty Images

10.Dream biopic casting: Halle Bailey as Janet Jackson

Bailey attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards
Taylor Hill / FilmMagic / Getty Images, Kmazur / WireImage / Getty Images

What Halle Bailey looks like:

Bailey attends the 2021 MTV Video Music Awards
Taylor Hill / FilmMagic / Getty Images

What Janet Jackson looks like:

Jackson during The 35th Annual GRAMMY Awards
Kmazur / WireImage / Getty Images

11.Dream biopic casting: Dakota Johnson as Grace Slick

Johnson at the premiere of
Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic / Getty Images, Robert Altman / Getty Images

What Dakota Johnson looks like:

Johnson at the premiere of "Bad Times at the El Royale" in 2018
Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic / Getty Images

What Grace Slick looks like:

Slick at Golden Gate Park in 1969
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12.Dream biopic casting: John Boyega as Denzel Washington

Boyega attends Meet The Actor
Mark Sagliocco / Getty Images, Nbc / NBCUniversal via Getty Images

What John Boyega looks like:

Boyega attends Meet The Actor "Star Wars: The Force Awakens"
Mark Sagliocco / Getty Images

What Denzel Washington looks like:

Washington as Doctor Philip Chandler
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13.Dream biopic casting: Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Heath Ledger

Gordon-Levitt walks on Main Street on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah
Ray Tamarra / GC Images / Getty Images, Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

What Joseph Gordon-Levitt looks like:

Gordon-Levitt walks on Main Street on January 24, 2020 in Park City, Utah
Ray Tamarra / GC Images / Getty Images

What Heath Ledger looked like:

Ledger at the screening of "Candy" 2006
Bryan Bedder / Getty Images

14.Dream biopic casting: Debra Messing as Lucille Ball

Messing attends the Roundabout Theater's 2020 Gala
Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images, Archive Photos / Getty Images

What Debra Messing looks like:

Messing attends the Roundabout Theater's 2020 Gala
Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images

What Lucille Ball looked like:

Portrait of Ball in the 1950s
Archive Photos / Getty Images

15.Dream biopic casting: Zoe Saldana as Jada Pinkett Smith

Saldana visits 'Sway in the Morning' 2017
Roy Rochlin / Getty Images, Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

What Zoe Saldana looks like:

Saldana visits 'Sway in the Morning' 2017
Roy Rochlin / Getty Images

What Jada Pinkett Smith looks like:

Pinkett Smith visits the Build Series 2017
Michael Loccisano / Getty Images

16.Dream biopic casting: Yahya Abdul-Mateen II as Teddy Pendergrass

Abdul-Mateen II attends
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What Yahya Abdul-Mateen II looks like:

Abdul-Mateen II attends "Watchmen" premiere 2019
Frazer Harrison / Getty Images

What Teddy Pendergrass looked like:

Pendergrass posing for a portrait in the 1970s
Gab Archive / Redferns / Getty Images

17.Dream biopic casting: Diana Silvers as Julia Roberts

Silvers at the InStyle Awards 2021
Amy Sussman / WireImage / Getty Images, Kypros / Getty Images

What Diana Silvers looks like:

Silvers at the InStyle Awards 2021
Amy Sussman / WireImage / Getty Images

What Julia Roberts looks like:

Roberts at an entertainment event in 1990
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18.Dream biopic casting: Jay Pharoah as Eddie Murphy

Pharoah at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images, Jason Merritt / FilmMagic for Variety Magazine / Getty Images

What Jay Pharoah looks like:

Pharoah at the 2016 MTV Video Music Awards
Jamie Mccarthy / Getty Images

What Eddie Murphy looks like:

Murphy at the "Norbit" premiere
Jason Merritt / FilmMagic for Variety Magazine / Getty Images

19.Dream biopic casting: Gina Gershon as Raquel Welch

Gershon at the
Jb Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images, Bettmann / Bettmann Archive / Getty Images

What Gina Gershon looks like:

Gershon at the "Crashing" premiere 2017
Jb Lacroix / WireImage / Getty Images

What Raquel Welch looks like:

Welch in "Shout Loud, Louder, I Can't Hear You"
Bettmann / Bettmann Archive / Getty Images

20.Dream biopic casting: Tommy Lee Jones as Andrew Johnson

Lee Jones at
Mike Marsland / WireImage / Getty Images, Photoquest / Getty Images

What Tommy Lee Jones looks like:

Lee Jones at "The Homesman" Premiere
Mike Marsland / WireImage / Getty Images

What Andrew Johnson looked like:

Portrait of Andrew Johnson
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21.And the final dream biopic casting: Megan Fox as Elizabeth Taylor

Fox at the Cinema Audio Society Awards in 2019
Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images, Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

What Megan Fox looks like:

Fox at the Cinema Audio Society Awards in 2019
Matt Winkelmeyer / Getty Images

What Elizabeth Taylor looked like:

Taylor posing for a portrait in 1960
Silver Screen Collection / Getty Images

In conclusion:

Reimagined "Good Place" meme that reads: "I told you, man. Kelly Rowland *needs* to play Donna Summer"
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