Often is the case in film-making where thespians are hired for looking similar to someone because that someone is unavailable e.g. Ray Lui was the go-to guy to fill in for Chow Yun-Fat. The most famous example would be Underworld: Rise of The Lycans. Kate Beckinsale didn’t want to star in it, so Rhona Mitra was hired. To be fair, the latter’s character was foreshadowed in the first movie, but the hair dye was an attempt to trick audiences into thinking that they were getting more of the same. The trick didn’t treat the producers because it was less profitable than the previous films. Teen Wolf Too should’ve been a lesson for them. It’s common for producers to look for actors or actresses who are potential replacements for those who are getting too old to play certain kinds of roles.
Kristanna Loken was being touted as Sharon Stone 2.0. After stupidly changing her face, Renée Zellweger is being replaced by Jennifer Lawrence. The latter is an A-list version of Juliette Lewis. Blake Lively is the next Gwyneth Paltrow. Ellen Page is a latter-day Andie MacDowell. Anna Kendrick, meanwhile, is an experiment to see what would’ve happened had Tina Fey become a movie star at an earlier age. Adelaide Clemens is clearly being geared up to assume the mantle of Michelle Williams. Don Swayze is being hired for roles which Patrick would’ve got if he hadn’t died. Louis Garrel and Tyler Posey could easily be each other’s stand-in if not play twins. Amy Johnston could be the stunt double or play the sister of Laura Vandervoort.
Maggie Lawson was cast in Psych because she is a Alicia Silverstone lookalike to the extent that they could pass for twins. When I first saw Maggie (in a season 4 episode), I assumed that she was Alicia. This actually makes me wonder how the silver-tongue Silverstone would’ve felt about reuniting with James Roday (the star of Psych) after they had starred alongside one another in a 2003 TV series titled Miss Match. Lawson is four years younger than Silverstone, so that made her more desirable for the producers of Psych. The more that I see Maggie and Alicia side by side, the more that I happen upon the notion of casting them as sisters in case the deal with Jenny Bede and Juno Temple falls through (although if Jenny is the only one to not accept it then Lyndon Smith would take her place).
If they decline the chance to star in an adaptation of my fashion novel, then I would go for Ilana Becker as the diva and Beth Behrs as the hippy. After them, it’s Gage Golightly as the shallow cynic and Jordan Hinson as the foil. My penultimate picks are Tricia Helfer and Ivana Miličević. They almost pass for twins too. They were born in the same year and month. My final choices are Melina Kanakaredes and Sasha Alexander. If a casting director was casting lookalikes to play sisters, Kate Mara would be more compatible with Cameron Esposito than Rooney Mara. The latter likes she could be the sister of Tom Hiddleston. Similarly, Lindsley Register looks like she could be the sister of T.J. Miller.
Brit Marling and Britt Robertson could easily play daughters of Julia Ormond. Emma Stone and Kara Tointon could do the same in correlation to Melinda Clarke. It would be most charming for Sally Field to play the mother of Christina Ricci, Hannah Tointon and Mena Suvari. Megan Fox and Ruby Rose would be perfect as sisters (especially in a film about incest). After watching Michael Sheen in Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, I think that he should play the stoic brother of Simon Pegg. I’m surprised that Tom Cruise hasn’t been cast as the father of Nicholas Hoult. I wonder if Nicholas will play Tom’s son in Top Gun 2. Kerris Dorsey could play the daughter of Betsy Brandt. Jenny Bede could play the younger version of Anne Heche.
Mageina Tovah looks like a younger version of Carol Kane (who could play the mother of Emily Kinney). Juno Temple could play the younger Zoë Wanamaker. There are people who believe that Holly Marie Combs is related to Jennifer Salt due to their eerily uncanny resemblance. The same thing could be said about Angie Harmon in correlation to Ali MacGraw. It’s easy to believe that the only reason why lookalikes have different surnames is because they are trying to avoid accusations of nepotism e.g. Nicolas Cage. If Angie was discovered earlier, she could’ve been in cast in the remake of The Getaway. Odette Delacroix and Mia Wasikowska bear a striking resemblance.
Ditto for Jaime Pressly and Margot Robbie. Dermot Mulroney should’ve been cast as Joe Perry in a movie about Aerosmith. Likewise, Jeff Kober should’ve been cast as Steven Tyler. Because he strongly resembles Mark Zuckerberg, Jacob Zachar should’ve been cast in The Social Network. Perhaps Jacob was unavailable or unapproached. If it was the latter, star power wasn’t really all that important due to the subject matter. Andy Samberg looks like he could’ve played the younger Steve Jobs in either film. If Carrie Anne-Moss refused to star in the follow-ups to The Matrix, the Wachowskis could’ve cast Elizabeth Mitchell to play Trinity.
Because of her resembling E.L. James, I can’t help but wonder that was the reason why Dakota Johnson was cast in Fifty Shades of Grey. While some have noted this, those few people haven’t described it as an abstract version of nepotism. It’s comparable to parents who see their offspring as extensions of themselves who will have better victories. It makes sense when you consider that critics accused Stephenie Meyer of creating a cipher of herself in the form of Bella Swan, which makes more sense when you consider that Twilight provided the foundation for Fifty Shades of Grey. This makes even more sense when you consider that Grey (a fourth novel that flopped) was an attempt to mimic the gimmick of Midnight Sun.
I wonder how Riley Keough feels when she gets cast because Kristen Stewart is unavailable, albeit they share a literally passing resemblance. It comes and goes depending on how much Riley’s weight fluctuates. With more weight, she would resemble Elaine Hendrix (especially when she smiles). Coincidentally, Riley is Dakota’s closest friend. Riley was in a lesbian film titled Jack & Diane, so time will only tell when Dakota does a lesbian film with her.
At any rate, who needs cloning in the entertainment industry when you have the wonders of nature? As for real twins, it’s a shame that we don’t get to see much in movies and TV shows. There’s so much potential for storytelling. Twin stories are usually hokey because the special effects are either bad or we know for a fact that the characters are not really played by twins. Stories about doppelgängers are even worse because it always seems so unlikely for people to come across their doubles.