Summer Movie Stars Doing Double Duty

5:00 AM 7/12/2016

by Hilary Lewis

Kevin Hart, Kristen Stewart and Idris Elba are just some of the actors appearing in more than one film hitting theaters from May-August.

If you're experiencing deja vu at the movies this summer, it's understandable. In addition to the many sequels and reboots, a number of actors are making repeat performances on the summer movie screen, starring in at least two movies released in the May-August stretch. Some, like Zac Efron, Kristen Stewart and Margot Robbie can be seen in two live-action films while others like Kevin Hart, Seth Rogen and Kristen Wiig are gracing the screen in one film and voicing an animated character in another.

This past weekend's box-office champ, The Secret Life of Pets, features at least two repeat performers: Hart and Albert Brooks, both returning to theaters (or at least their voices are) just weeks after the June 17 releases of Central Intelligence and Finding Dory, respectively. Meanwhile, last Friday's other big new release, Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates, marks the second movie of the summer 2016 season from Efron, who previously appeared in May's Neighbors 2, and the first of two for Adam Devine, also voicing a happy wooly mammoth in Ice Age: Collision Course hitting theaters later this month.

And this week, Cafe Society stars Stewart, Blake Lively and Jesse Eisenberg will each make one of their two big-screen appearances this season, with Stewart's second film, Equals, hitting theaters the same day.

Read on for more stars doing double duty this summer, presented in (roughly) chronological order.

  • Rose Byrne in 'Neighbors 2' and 'X-Men Apocalypse'

    Rose Byrne was a sequel star before summer even officially began this year, starring in two movies released within a week of each other in May. In Neighbors 2, she reprised her role as Seth Rogen's character's wife and partner in crime working to thwart the party girls next door. And in X-Men: Apocalypse, she returned to the mutant franchise as CIA agent Moira Mactaggert, who appeared in First Class but was missing in Days of Future Past.

  • Zac Efron in 'Neighbors 2' and 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates'

    Earlier this summer Zac Efron returned in Neighbors 2 as the oft-shirtless former fratboy Teddy Sanders, who switches sides in his former neighbors' new fight with the wild sorority house next door. He then took on half of real-life brothers Mike and Dave Stangle (he plays Dave) in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates as Efron and Adam Devine's rowdy brothers look for a couple of nice young ladies to accompany them to their sister's wedding, only to find a couple of wild and crazy gals in Anna Kendrick and Aubrey Plaza's Alice and Tatiana.

  • Seth Rogen in 'Neighbors 2' and 'Sausage Party'

    The third member of the Neighbors 2 cast making multiple appearances in theaters this summer, Seth Rogen started out the summer movie season reappearing as half of the married couple once again tortured by a house of partiers next door. In August, he'll be heard voicing the main character, a hot dog named Frank, in Sausage Party, about a group of supermarket foods who learn the terrible truth about what happens when they're bought. Rogen also co-wrote and produced the R-rated animated film.

  • Daniel Radcliffe in 'Now You See Me 2' and 'Swiss Army Man'

    The Harry Potter alum returned to the world of magic in a different way, playing the villain in Now You See Me 2, the latest installment of the sleight-of-hand franchise. Later that same month, he played an even more unusual role, that of a farting corpse, Manny, who accompanies Paul Dano's Hank on a journey in the indie Swiss Army Man.

  • Jesse Eisenberg in 'Now You See Me 2' and 'Cafe Society'

    Eisenberg started out the summer reprising his role as one of the magicians known as the Four Horsemen in Now You See Me 2. And for his next trick, he'll reappear in theaters as Bobby, a New York kid looking to get a job with his powerful Hollywood agent uncle Phil (Steve Carell) in Woody Allen's Cafe Society.

  • Albert Brooks in 'Finding Dory' and 'The Secret Life of Pets'

    Albert Brooks has lent his voice to two of this summer's big animated movies. First he reprised his role as clownfish Marlin, aka Nemo's dad, in Finding Dory. And now children (and their parents) can hear him again, this time as caged hawk Tiberius in The Secret Life of Pets.

  • Kevin Hart in 'Central Intelligence' and 'The Secret Life of Pets'

    In the June release Central Intelligence, Kevin Hart plays a high school all-star-turned-bored-accountant who gets recruited to help with a CIA mission by his former classmate played by Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson. Now Hart can be heard voicing the wild leader of an underground gang of animals, the not-so-cuddly bunny Snowball, in The Secret Life of Pets.

  • Idris Elba in 'Finding Dory' and 'Star Trek Beyond'

    Elba and his The Wire co-star Dominic West reunited to voice a couple of lazy sea lions in Finding Dory. He'll also be heard but not looking like himself as the predatory villain Krall in Star Trek Beyond.

  • Blake Lively in 'The Shallows' and 'Cafe Society'

    After playing a medical student doing battle with a giant shark in The Shallows, Blake Lively is set for what appears to be a far less harrowing experience onscreen in Woody Allen's comic romance Cafe Society.

  • Margot Robbie in 'The Legend of Tarzan' and 'Suicide Squad'

    Robbie plays the smart, Africa-raised Jane to Alexander Skarsgard's titular man-raised-by-apes in The Legend of Tarzan. Later this summer she'll also be seen as villainous Harley Quinn, a former psychiatrist and the object of Jared Leto's Joker's affection, in the eagerly-anticipated Suicide Squad.

  • Adam Devine in 'Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates' and 'Ice Age: Collision Course'

    Devine joined Zac Efron as the other Stangle brother, Mike, in the raunchy wedding comedy Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates. And later in July he'll be heard voicing a happy wooly mammoth in the fifth installment of Fox's hit Ice Age franchise, Collision Course. Devine's Julian is the fiance of Manny and Ellie's daughter Peaches.

  • Kristen Stewart in 'Cafe Society' and 'Equals'

    Kristen Stewart isn't just starring in two summer movies, she's starring in two summer movies opening on the same day, with both Woody Allen's Cafe Society and Drake Doremus' Equals hitting theaters on July 15. In the 1930s Hollywood-set Cafe Society, Stewart plays Vonnie, the assistant to Steve Carell's powerhouse agent Phil and love interest for both Phil and his nephew Bobby (Jesse Eisenberg). In Equals, she stars opposite Nicholas Hoult in the sci-fi romance set in a future in which human emotion has been eradicated but Stewart and Hoult's characters find themselves with a condition that enables them to feel things.

  • Kristen Wiig in 'Ghostbusters' and 'Sausage Party'

    Wiig reunites with her Bridesmaids co-star Melissa McCarthy and director Paul Feig in the new, female-fronted Ghostbusters reboot, playing particle physicist Erin Gilbert, who also has a thing for the group's pretty, dumb assistant, played by Chris Hemsworth. Roughly a month later, Wiig's voice will be heard in theaters again as she voices hot dog bun Brenda, lusted after by big weenie Frank (Seth Rogen) in Sausage Party.

  • Karl Urban in 'Star Trek Beyond' and 'Pete's Dragon'

    Urban will reprise his role as Dr. Leonard "Bones" McCoy in Star Trek Beyond, in which he's said he ends up spending a lot of time with Zachary Quinto's Spock, exploring the relationship between their "diametrically opposed" characters, as Quinto described them. In the latest franchise installment, Bones enters "a territory that we haven't seen him in before" in which he's "forced to cross certain lines that he never thought he would," Urban told Collider. "As a doctor, it’s his job to save life. He’s so compassionate about life. And in this film that core foundation of his belief is tested." Just a few weeks later, Urban will return to theaters in Disney's Pete's Dragon remake, playing Gavin, a hunter trying to capture the lovable dragon, Elliott.

  • Jonah Hill in 'Sausage Party' and 'War Dogs'

    Hill will first be heard voicing one of the sausages (Carl) in the adult-oriented animated film about groceries who discover what happens when they leave the store, Sausage Party. Just a week later, the actor will be seen in the flesh, starring opposite Miles Teller in Warner Bros.' War Dogs, directed by Todd Phillips and based on a Rolling Stone article about two friends from Miami Beach who become arms dealers for the U.S. government.

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