See which stars have totally transformed themselves with the help of heavy prosthetics, wigs and/or real life alterations like weight gains and weight loss.
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Jennifer Grey shared the first photo of her transformation to play controversial Remnant Fellowship Church and Weigh Down Workshop founder Gwen Shamblin Lara for the upcoming Lifetime film, Gwen Shamblin: Starving for Salvation.
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"Words can’t describe how immensely honored I feel to play the mermaid of my dreams, Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Come under the sea with me, in theaters May 26, 2023," writes Halle Bailey as she shares the first poster showing her as Ariel in the live-action The Little Mermaid. See the full poster in the next slide.
"Words can’t describe how immensely honored I feel to play the mermaid of my dreams, Ariel in Disney’s The Little Mermaid. Come under the sea with me, in theaters May 26, 2023," writes Halle Bailey as she shares the first poster showing her as Ariel in the live-action The Little Mermaid.
Matilda Lutz transforms into Red Sonja in the first photo from the upcoming film of the same name from Millennium Media. Principal photography is already underway in Bulgaria.
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Sense8 actress Jamie Clayton transforms into a female Pinhead for Hulu's new Hellraiser film. Speaking with EW, director David Bruckner said, "We felt a kind of anticipation around the fans to reimagine the character. We knew we wanted Pinhead to be a woman. Jamie was just the right person for the role ... Jamie absolutely killed, that's how we got there."
Quinta Brunson turns into Oprah for Roku's new movie 'WEIRD: The Al Yankovic Story' starring Daniel Radcliffe.
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Hayden Christensen reveals how he transformed into Darth Vader for Disney+'s Obi-Wan Kenobi series. In an interview with Fatherly, he said, "I think that process was very important for me, I needed to become that character again, physically. I just consumed as many calories as possible. I put on 25 or 30 pounds to fill out that [Vader] suit." He added, "I try to avoid the dad bod thing and I was trying to maintain that Vader body after we finished. But, honestly, I pretty much just went back to my old diet. I kind of deflated after that."
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Warner Bros. has revealed the first photo of Ryan Gosling as Ken from the upcoming Barbie film, due out July 21, 2023. See Margot Robbie as the titular character in the next slide.
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Margot Robbie portrays "Barbie"
Margot Robbie transforms into the iconic doll as Warner Bros. announces a July 21, 2023 release date for its live-action "Barbie" movie.
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Jamie Campbell Bower's transformation into Vecna on Stranger Things took seven and a half hours in the makeup chair. According to the actor, what you see on the show is "90%" him, with CGI enhancing the movement of the vines on his body. He told Variety he asked to sit in costume for 30 minutes before filming -- and then, after 10-12 hours on set, it would take another hour to remove everything.
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Bradley Cooper is unrecognizable in new photos from Netflix's Maestro, in which he plays real-life composer Leonard Bernstein. Cooper is also directing the film, his directorial follow-up to A Star Is Born. It's due out in 2023.
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Jessica Biel transforms into axe murderer Candy Montgomery in Hulu's new series 'Candy.'
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Tom Hanks transforms into Geppetto in the first look at Disney+'s live-action Pinocchio movie. Benjamin Evan Ainsworth stars as the titular puppet come to life, with Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Jiminy Cricket and Cynthia Erivo as the Blue Fairy. Keegan-Michael Key, Lorraine Bracco and Luke Evans also star. The movie will hit the streamer in September 2022.
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Roku released the first official photo of Daniel Radcliffe as Weird Al from WEIRD: The 'Weird Al' Yankovic Story. "Wearing the Hawaiian shirt is a huge responsibility that I don't take lightly, and I'm honored to finally share with the world the absolutely 100 percent unassailably true story of Weird Al's depraved and scandalous life," said Radcliffe in a statement.
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Renee Zellweger is unrecognizable as real-life convicted murderer Pam Hupp for NBC's The Thing About Pam. Her transformation included prosthetics and a padded suit. Both Judy Greer and Josh Duhamel also star in the series -- and rock some transformative wigs of their own. The show premieres March 8, 2022.
Elle Fanning in first photos as Michelle Carter -- the young woman convicted of involuntary manslaughter in the real-life "texting suicide case" -- from Hulu's "The Girl from Plainville." The show will premiere Spring 2022.
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Sofia Vergara transforms into Colombian drug lord Griselda Blanco for the upcoming Netflix miniseries "Griselda."
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Elizabeth Debicki as Princess Diana in the upcoming season of Netflix's "The Crown."
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Dominic West as Prince Charles in the upcoming season of Netflix's "The Crown."
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Imelda Staunton is transformed into Queen Elizabeth II for the upcoming fifth season of "The Crown."
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Joaquin Phoenix was spotted on the set of "Disappointment Blvd" in Canada looking nearly unrecognizable without his longer locks. The 46-year-old previously lost 52 pounds to play the Joker.
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Amazon Prime Video the first official photo of Jensen Ackles in the Soldier Boy supersuit for Season 3 of The Boys. "He's the f'n Captain now, America," the show captioned the photo on Instagram.
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"Ain’t no rest for the EVIL 😈 Can’t wait for you all to meet Lady Lesso
#SchoolForGoodAndEvil @netflixfilm," Charlize Theron captioned this photo (right) in character for her upcoming Netflix film, "The School for Good and Bad."
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Jensen Ackles looks unrecognizable on set for Amazon Prime's "The Boys."
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Sebastian Stan and Lily James transform into Tommy Lee and Pamela Anderson for Hulu's "Pam & Tommy" limited series.
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Lily James transforms into Pamela Anderson for Hulu's "Pam & Tommy" limited series.
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Sebastian Stan transforms into Tommy Lee for Hulu's "Pam & Tommy" limited series.
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"My co-stars @imsebastianstan and @lilyjamesofficial are a lot cooler than I am," says Seth Rogen, who will play Rand Gauthier, the man who stole Pam and Tommy's sex tape in "Pam & Tommy."
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"I’m up about 20 😂 Inspired to be better! I’m going up another 20. Yes it’s for a role. ✝️🙏❤️" Mark Wahlberg reveals he had 6 weeks to gain 30 pounds for Father Stu role. Per Entertainment Tonight, Wahlberg explains how he did it saying, "I tried to do it in a healthy way. It was a dozen eggs and a dozen pieces of bacon, two baked potatoes, a Porterhouse steak, two bowls of white rice, and a glass of olive oil." He added, "The second two weeks were a lot of carbs. The last two weeks starches, and then sodium, just to kind of get as bloated as possible. So not a lot of fun."
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Nicole Kidman is transformed into Lucille Ball on the set of Being the Ricardos.
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Jared Leto transforms into the Joker for Zack Snyder's upcoming "Justice League."
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Kristen Stewart is unrecognizable as she transforms into Princess Diana for the upcoming film "Spencer."
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First look at Sarah Paulson transformed into Linda Tripp for "American Crime Story: Impeachment"
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Emmy Rossum looks unrecognizable on the set of her new film while in character as L.A. Billboard Diva Angelyne.
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Ben Affleck reveals he "just let it go" by eating "a gallon of ice cream at midnight" to play the role of an alcoholic "who drinks a case of beer a day" in his new movie, The Way Back. While he's dropped back down to 210 pounds since filming, he said he got up to 245. "It was about just eating as much junk food and carbs," he added.
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Blake Lively debuted two looks from her upcoming film "The Rhythm Section" and is nearly unrecognizable.
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Chris Messina gained 45 pounds for his role in "Live By Night"
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar says he gained a "substantial" amount of weight for his role on Fox's upcoming "Pitch." He also grew a beard -- and his wife isn't happy about either!