10 of 2017's Memorable Movie Reunions

5:00 AM 1/2/2018

by Hilary Lewis

The past year saw The Rock and Kevin Hart, Marisa Tomei and Robert Downey Jr. and Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah among the former co-stars who appeared together on the big screen in films that weren't sequels or franchise continuations.

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The many sequels that hit theaters in 2017 weren't the only place to see former co-stars reunited on the big screen. Memorable duos like The Rock and Kevin Hart, Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara and Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner reteamed in new films, reminding viewers of their former pairings.

Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith even paid homage to their prior collaboration, Set it Off, in this summer's Girls Trip.

With 2017 having recently come to an end, The Hollywood Reporter looks back at some of the memorable co-stars who reteamed last year in movies that weren't sequels or franchise continuations.

  • Kevin Hart and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson

    Earlier film: 'Central Intelligence' (2016); 2017 film: 'Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle'

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    In 2016's Central Intelligence, Johnson and Hart play former high school classmates who team up on a CIA mission after the formerly overweight and bullied Robbie Weirdicht (Johnson), now a sleek spy, recruits star athlete turned accountant Calvin Joyner (Hart). In this year's Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, the two stars join forces again, this time as video game avatars dramatically different from the real-life teenagers who select them. The nerdy, scrawny Spencer (Alex Wolff) becomes Johnson's expedition leader Dr. Smolder Bravestone and football player Fridge (Ser'Darius Blain) becomes Hart's short zoologist, Moose Finbar.

  • Jada Pinkett Smith and Queen Latifah

    Earlier film: 'Set it Off' (1996); 2017 film: 'Girls Trip'

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    More than 20 years ago, Pinkett Smith and Latifah played half of a foursome of female bank robbers in 1996's Set it Off. This summer, they made up half of the Flossy Posse group of college friends, who reunite in New Orleans, with Pinkett Smith as divorced nurse Lisa and Latifah as gossip blogger Sasha. Girls Trip even pays homage to Pinkett Smith and Latifah's earlier collaboration.

  • Elizabeth Olsen and Jeremy Renner

    Earlier film: 'Captain America: Civil War' (2016); 2017 film: 'Wind River'

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    After fighting alongside one another in Marvel films like Captain America: Civil War, the actors behind Avengers Hawkeye and Scarlet Witch teamed up for a different kind of mission in this summer's Wind River. In Taylor Sheridan's directorial debut, Olsen's Vegas-based FBI officer Jane Banner works with Renner's Cory Lambert, a Wyoming Fish and Wildlife employee, as they try to solve the rape and murder of a teenage girl on a remote Native American reservation.

  • Paul Dano and Jake Gyllenhaal

    Earlier film: 'Prisoners' (2013); 2017 film: 'Okja'

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    In 2013's Prisoners, Dano plays a mysterious RV driver who becomes a suspect in a kidnapping investigation headed up by Gyllenhaal's detective character. This year, Dano and Gyllenhaal found themselves on opposite sides again, in Netflix's Okja, with Dano as an animal rights activist and Gyllenhaal a TV zoologist who works alongside Tilda Swinton's Lucy Mirando and her conglomerate seeking to breed a "super-piglet."

  • Casey Affleck and Rooney Mara

    Earlier film: 'Ain't Them Bodies Saints'; 2017 film: 'A Ghost Story'

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    After playing an outlaw couple in David Lowery's 2013 Ain't Them Bodies Saints, Affleck and Mara reunited with Lowery to play another couple in A Ghost Story, in which Affleck's character, sporting a simple ghost costume, haunts Mara's character after he dies.

  • Johnny Depp and Michelle Pfeiffer

    Earlier film: 'Dark Shadows' (2012); 2017 film: 'Murder on the Orient Express'

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    Johnny Depp, who plays shady businessman and murder victim Edward Ratchett, reunited with a number of former co-stars in this year's Murder on the Orient Express remake, including Penelope Cruz, whom he worked with on Blow and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and Willem Dafoe, whom Depp worked with on Platoon, Cry-Baby and Once Upon a Time in Mexico. But of his former co-stars, it's Pfeiffer, who shared the screen with Depp in 2012's Dark Shadows, who has the most to do, as a widow, in the star-studded cast of train passengers in Murder on the Orient Express. In the Dark Shadows film, itself a remake of the '60s and '70s TV show, Pfeiffer played Elizabeth Collins, the matriarch of the family occupying the former home of Depp's vampire Barnabas, who rejoins the living in 1972 after being buried for nearly 200 years.

  • Steve Carell and Emma Stone

    Earlier film: 'Crazy, Stupid, Love' (2011); 2017 film: 'Battle of the Sexes'

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    In 2011's Crazy, Stupid, Love, Carell and Stone play characters with an initially mysterious connection experiencing their own romantic woes, often alongside Ryan Gosling's ladies' man character. In this year's Battle of the Sexes, Carell and Stone's play fierce rivals Bobby Riggs and Billie Jean King in the film about their highly publicized 1973 tennis match.

  • Robert Downey Jr. and Marisa Tomei

    Earlier film: 'Only You' (1994); 2017 film: 'Spider-Man: Homecoming'

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    In 1994's Only You, Marisa Tomei plays a teacher obsessed with destiny who falls for Downey Jr's charming shoe salesman in Italy. More than two decades after playing a character who was guided by the stars, Tomei reunited with Downey Jr. in this summer's Spider-Man: Homecoming, with the two of them playing guiding forces for Tom Holland's web slinger. Tomei took on the role of Aunt May while Downey Jr. reprised his role as the Avengers' Tony Stark (aka Iron Man).
     

  • Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer

    Earlier film: 'The Night Before' (2015); 2017 film: 'Rough Night'

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    Before playing two members of the friend group from this summer's Rough Night, Jillian Bell and Ilana Glazer's characters were key participants in a drug-fueled Christmas Eve in The Night Before. As Seth Rogen's character's wife Betsy, Bell supplies him with an assortment of drugs for the night. Later Glazer's Rebecca Grinch steals the weed that Anthony Mackie's Chris obtained.

  • Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman

    Earlier films: The 'Dark Knight' trilogy (2005-2012) and the 'Now You See Me' movies (2013 and 2016); 2017 film: 'Going in Style'

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    Michael Caine and Morgan Freeman joined forces for the sixth time in this spring's Going in Style remake. The two actors, who previously played Batman's aides in Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy and starred in the Now You See Me films, took on the roles of senior-citizen friends who decide to rob a bank.

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