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A tribute to all the actors and actresses who have brought legends back to life through films.

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1. Usher


Usher will play famed boxer Sugar Ray Leonard.

2. Alexandra Shipp

Alexandra Shipp

Alexandra played Aaliyah in the Lifetime biopic about her life.

3. Mo’Nique


According to reports, Mo’Nique has officially signed on with HBO for a film about Bessie Smith. She was the most popular female blues singer of the 1920s and 1930s. She passed away at age 43 from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

4. Toni Braxton

Toni Braxton

OWN announced that Toni Braxton is set to star as Darlene Love in the network’s first scripted TV film “My Name is Love: The Darlene Love Story.”

5. Idris Elba

Idris Elba

Idris Elba as Nelson Mandela in Mandela

6. Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson

Jennifer Hudson as Winnie Mandela in Winnie

7. Will Smith

Will Smith

Will Smith as Muhammad Ali in Ali

8. Beyonce


Beyonce as Etta James in Cadillac Records

9. Andre 3000

Andre 3000

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix

10. Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana

Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone

11. Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett

Angela Bassett as Tina Turner in What’s Love Got To Do With It and Coretta Scott King in Coretta and Betty.

12. Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman as Jackie Robinson in 42 and James Brown

13. Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard

Charlayne Woodard as Gail Devers in Run for the Dream: The Gail Devers Story

14. Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr.

Cuba Gooding Jr. as Ben Carson and James Robert Kennedy

15. Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor

Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomn Northrup in 12 Years A Slave

16. Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington

Denzel Washington as Steve Biko in Biko and Malcolm X

17. Derek Luke

Derek Luke

Derek Luke as Antwone Fisher

18. Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood

Dorian Harewood as Jesse Owens The Jesse Owens Story

19. Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker

Forest Whitaker as Eugene Allen in The Butler

20. Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim

Imani Hakim as Gabby Douglas (ages 14-16) in The Gabby Douglas Story

21. Halle Berry

Halle Berry

Halle Berry as Dorothy Dandridge

22. Jamal Woolard

Jamal Woolard

Jamal Woolard as Christopher “Biggie” Wallace in Notorious

23. Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

24. Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright

Jeffrey Wright as Martin Luther King, Jr.

25. Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne as Hannibal Lee in The Tuskegee Airmen

26. Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield

Lynn Whitfield as Josephine Baker in the Josephine Baker Story

27. Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige

Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz in Coretta and Betty

28. Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan

Michael B. Jordan as Oscar Grant in Fruitvale Station

29. Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron

Quinton Aaron in the Blind SIde

30. Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson as Ken Carter in Coach Carter

31. Shirley Jo Finney

Shirley Jo Finney

Shirley Jo Finney as Wilma Rudolph in Wilma

32. Sydney Mikayla

Sydney Mikayla

Sydney Mikayla as Gabby Douglas (age: 7-12) in The Gabby Douglas Story

33. Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard

Terrence Howard as James ‘Jim’ Ellis in Pride

34. Diana Ross

Diana Ross

Diana Ross as Billie Holiday in Lady Sings the Blues