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Poll: Is Acting in Prequels Ever a Good Idea?

The defeat of Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018) is just another example of an unsuccessful prequel. So why would an actor EVER want to play an established character in a prequel, with such potential failure on the horizon? Seems like a zero-sum game.

So the question is, despite this conclusion, which of these actors in a prequel do you think actually gave the best performance?

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* De Niro as Don Corleone is, of course, the exception that proves the rule and, thus is not included

Make Your Choice

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    Ewan McGregor as Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) and the other Star Wars prequels

    Inherited the role from Alec Guinness in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

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    Jake Lloyd in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Jake Lloyd as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)

    Inherited the role from David Prowse and James Earl Jones in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

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    Hayden Christensen in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002)

    Hayden Christensen as Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) and Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)

    Inherited the role from David Prowse and James Earl Jones in Star Wars, Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi

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    Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

    Eric Christian Olsen and Derek Richardson as Lloyd and Harry in Dumb and Dumberer: When Harry Met Lloyd (2003)

    Inherited the roles from Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels in Dumb and Dumberer

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    Stellan Skarsgård in Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

    Stellan Skarsgård as Father Merrin in Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

    Inherited the role from Max von Sydow in The Exorcist

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    Gaspard Ulliel in Hannibal Rising (2007)

    Gaspard Ulliel as Hannibal Lecter in Hannibal Rising (2007)

    Inherited the role from Anthony Hopkins in Silence of the Lambs and its follow-up films

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    Michael Fassbender in X-Men: First Class (2011)

    Michael Fassbender as Erik Lensherr in X-Men: First Class (2011) and its sequels

    Inherited the role from Ian McKellen in X-Men and its sequels

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    Jennifer Lawrence in X-Men: First Class (2011)

    Jennifer Lawrence as Raven/Mystique in X-Men: First Class (2011) and its sequels

    Inherited the role from Rebecca Romijn in X-Men and its sequels

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    James McAvoy in X-Men: First Class (2011)

    James McAvoy as Charles Xavier in X-Men: First Class (2011) and its sequels

    Inherited the role from Patrick Stewart in X-Men and its sequels

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    Nicholas Hoult in X-Men: First Class (2011)

    Nicholas Hoult as Hank/Beast in X-Men: First Class (2011) and its sequels

    Inherited the role from Kelsey Grammer in X-Men: The Last Stand

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    Jennifer Lawrence and Tye Sheridan in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

    Tye Sheridan as Scott Summers in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

    Inherited the role from James Marsden in X-Men and its sequels

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    Sophie Turner in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

    Sophie Turner as Jean Grey in X-Men: Apocalypse (2016)

    Inherited the role from Famke Janssen in X-Men and its sequels

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    Woody Harrelson and Alden Ehrenreich in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

    Alden Ehrenreich as Han Solo in Solo: A Star Wars Story (2018)

    Inherited the role from Harrison Ford in Star Wars and its sequels


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