This week’s film quiz examines the many faces of certain movie characters, along with various other movie-related trivia.


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Any franchise that goes on for long enough will wind up recasting characters sooner or later. There’s a long tradition of changing leads for the Batman and James Bond movies, but just as often, there’s a new Commissioner Gordon or Felix Leiter that comes with them – Jeffrey Wright can’t be everywhere at once, you know! More pressingly, the antagonist of this week’s big new release has been played by three actors in as many films, so this week’s quiz has a round on recasting, sandwiched between two rounds of more general cinematic trivia teasers.

Once you’ve finished all 30 questions, you’ll find a link to a separate post with the correct answers at the bottom of this post. As always, this is just for fun, but please let us know how you did in the comments (scores out of 30 this week!) and give us any other lovely feedback. And if you don’t enjoy this one, next week’s quiz will probably be written by Mads Mikkelsen.


ROUND ONE – This Week In Movie History

This round is about new UK cinema releases and general film history from this week in years past – we’ve given you the year at the start of each question to help out!

  1. 2016 – Which sports comedy connects Taron Egerton, Hugh Jackman, and Christopher Walken?
  2. 1971 – In which cop movie did Clint Eastwood first play Inspector Callaghan?
  3. 2003 – Who plays serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster?
  4. 1988 – Which Star Trek actor directed Three Men And A Baby?
  5. 2006 – Starring Ant and Dec, which British comedy film has the tagline “The truth isn’t out there”?
  6. 1994 – Lloyd Christmas and Harry Dunne are the main characters in which comedy franchise?
  7. 2011 – Which Brazilian city shares its name with a Blue Sky animated franchise about a pair of rare blue macaws?
  8. 1966 – Born this week, who connects the movies The Princess Bride, Unbreakable, and Wonder Woman?
  9. 2020 – The Jesus Rolls is a spin-off from which 1990s comedy movie?
  10. 1984 – “Turn around, look at what you see, in her face the mirror of your dreams…” Which pop singer provided the theme song for The NeverEnding Story?


ROUND TWO – Same Characters, Different Faces

The gang’s all here… but alas, sometimes actors are recast between franchise instalments or sometimes even during the production of one film. Here’s a round all about recast roles… 

  1. Starting with Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban, who replaced the late great Richard Harris as Professor Dumbledore?
  2. Harrison Ford is the only actor to play CIA analyst Jack Ryan in more than one movie – Patriot Games and which other 1994 film?
  3. Which James Bond villain was played by Donald Pleasence, Telly Savalas, and Charles Gray in successive sequels?
  4. During the production of 2014’s Paddington, Ben Whishaw took over the voice role of Paddington from which Oscar-winning actor?
  5. Which movie slasher has been played by more actors to date – Jason Voorhees or Michael Myers?
  6. Eric Stoltz, Claudia Wells, and Crispin Glover were all recast at different points in which movie trilogy?
  7. Who plays FBI agent Clarice Starling in 2000’s Hannibal?
  8. Which character is played by Gloria Foster in The Matrix Reloaded and Mary Alice in The Matrix Revolutions?
  9. In the Marvel Cinematic Universe, who replaced Damion Poitier as Thanos from Guardians Of The Galaxy onwards?
  10. Which actor was Oscar nominated for replacing Kevin Spacey as J. Paul Getty at short notice in 2017’s All The Money In The World?



Let’s finish with a random selection of pot luck movie questions – these could come from any era, any genre, or any level of difficulty. Enjoy!

  1. What is the full title of the 2014 sequel to 21 Jump Street?
  2. What connects Boris Karloff in 1932, Arnold Vosloo in 1999, and Sofia Boutella in 2017?
  3. Which 2009 romantic comedy charts the doomed relationship between Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Zooey Deschanel?
  4. Which cartoon character made his debut in the 1940 Warner Bros short A Wild Hare?
  5. In the news! Currently working on her next film for Netflix, which director connects Father Of The Bride, Something’s Gotta Give, and It’s Complicated?
  6. What is the name of Simba’s father in Disney’s The Lion King?
  7. Who famously sings “Diamonds Are A Girl’s Best Friend” in the 1953 musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes?
  8. What word goes after Cop, Nomad, and Zombie to make the titles of three different movies?
  9. Complete the climactic quote from the film of the same name – “Forget it, Jake, it’s…?
  10. And finally, which director’s filmography would win a game of Rock, Paper, Scissors – Ron Howard or Michael Bay?

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