From Cate Blanchett as conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly to Tom Hanks as TV's Mister Rogers, check out the celebrities that decided to take on the roles of real people and tell their stories.
Elle Fanning as Empress Catherine II
The younger Fanning sister portrays a younger version of Catherine the Great of Russia in The Great, a satirical Hulu series created by Oscar-nominated screenwriter Tony McNamara.
Cate Blanchett as Phyllis Schlafly
Rose Byrne as Gloria Steinem
Mrs. America recounts the real-life battle over the ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment and the unexpected backlash led by Phyllis Schlafly. In the FX on Hulu limited series, Rose Byrne feminist and political activist Gloria Steinem.
Beanie Feldstein as Monica Lewinsky
The Booksmart actress will portray Monica Lewinsky, a then 22-year-old White House intern who engaged in a sexual relationship with President Bill Clinton, in Impeachment: American Crime Story, the third installment of the FX anthology true-crime series.
Olivia Colman as Queen Elizabeth II
The Oscar-winning actress portrays the matriarch in seasons three and four of the ongoing Netflix drama The Crown about the real-life events of the royal family.
Charlize Theron as Megyn Kelly
The Oscar-winning actress portrays the former Fox News host in Bombshell, a movie about the Roger Ailes sexual harassment scandal that was exposed by the women who worked at the cable news channel.
Tom Hanks as Mister Rogers
The two-time Oscar winner perfectly portrays the beloved children's show host in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. The film gives viewers a look at the friendship Fred Rogers developed with journalist Tom Junod (Matthew Rhys), who was doing a profile on him.
Penelope Cruz as Donatella Versace
Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly
Nicole Kidman takes on the role of Grace Kelly as the Princess of Monaco in the biopic Grace of Monaco. The film follows the late actress' former involvement with Monaco's Prince Rainier III and France's Charles De Gaulle's dispute over tax laws in the early '60s.
Michael Douglas as Liberace
Sienna Miller as Edie Sedgwick
Denzel Washington as Malcolm X
Josh Brolin as George W. Bush
Josh Brolin played former president George W. Bush in director Oliver Stone's W.
Will Smith as Muhammad Ali
Tom Hanks as Walt Disney
Tom Hanks portrayed the late Walt Disney in Saving Mr. Banks and was often spotted filming at Disneyland in Anaheim, California.
Al Pacino as Phil Spector
Rob Lowe as President John F. Kennedy
West Wing star Rob Lowe returns to the Oval Office to take on the role of the late President John F. Kennedy. Lowe stars in National Geographic's Killing Kennedy, which is based on FOX News pundit Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book, Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot.
Ginnifer Goodwin as Jacqueline Kennedy
Once Upon a Time star Ginnifer Goodwin poses as First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis in National Geographic's television event Killing Kennedy. The TV movie is adapted from Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard's book Killing Kennedy: The End of Camelot, and focuses on President John F. Kennedy's assassination and its impact on America.
Fun fact, Goodwin's Big Love co-star Jeanne Tripplehorn also played Jackie O in HBO's 2009 movie Grey Gardens.
Malin Akerman as Debbie Harry
In CBGB, a movie that examines NYC's punk rock scene through the iconic rock club, Akerman plays the Blondie singer. Co-starring in the movie are Rupert Grint, Stana Katic, Johnny Galecki, Alan Rickman and Ashley Greene.
Benedict Cumberbatch as Julian Assange
In The Fifth Estate, Benedict Cumberbatch dons blonde locks to take on the role of the controversial figure Julian Assange. The film is a look back at the relationship between WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange and his early supporter and eventual colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl), and how the website's growth and influence led to an irreparable rift between the two friends.
Daniel Radcliffe as Allen Ginsberg
Daniel Radcliffe plays the iconic poet Allen Ginsberg in Kill your Darlings, which focuses on the true story of some of the Beat generation's most famous figures -- Jack Kerouac, William Burroughs and Lucien Carr -- being arrested for murder when David Kammerer, an outsider to their group, is found dead. The film also stars Ben Foster, Elizabeth Olsen and Michael C. Hall. Check out the film's first teaser trailer here.
Max Greenfield as Vanilla Ice
Leonardo DiCaprio as Jordan Belfort
Gina Gershon as Donatella Versace
Gina Gershon is a dead ringer for fashion mogul Donatella Versace. The actress stars as the platinum blonde icon in Lifetime's TV movie House of Versace. The biopic shows Donatella being thrust into the spotlight after the 1997 murder of her brother Gianni Versace, and her struggle with drug abuse and near bankruptcy.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt as Edward Snowden
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is taking on the role of CIA employee Edward Snowden in Oscar-winning director Oliver Stone's thriller Snowden. In this first look at the actor in character, he's seen playing the whistle-blower before he made headlines for leaking thousands of classified documents to the press.
Jennifer Hudson As Winnie Mandela
Jennifer Hudson portrays Winnie Mandela in a drama that chronicles the life of the powerful and politically active wife of Nelson Mandela from her childhood through her marriage and her husband's incarceration.
Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix
Usher as Sugar Ray Leonard
Usher impressively channels Sugar Ray Leonard in the film Hands of Stone, a biographical film in which he plays the legendary boxer.
'Straight Outta Compton' Cast as NWA
Ice Cube debuted the first photo of the cast of the NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton on Twitter on June 18, 2014, featuring O'Shea Jackson Jr. (Ice Cube's son), Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins dressed as rap icons Ice Cube, Eazy-E and Dr. Dre. Directed by F. Gary Gray, Straight Outta Compton hit on Aug. 15, 2015.
"He was born to play the role," Ice Cube joked with ET's Rocsi Diaz about his own son playing him in the movie. "He was born to play that part."
Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs
Ashton Kutcher shared on Twitter a split pic of he and the late Apple mogul Steve Jobs as a way to promote the biopic jOBS.
Drew, KeKe and Lil Mama as TLC
VH1 cast Drew Sidora as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, KeKe Palmer as Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas and Lil Mama as Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes for their TV movie Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story, which is based on the real-life and career of the legendary '90s group. Chilli and T-Boz were consultants and executive producers for the film.
Dane DeHaan as James Dean
The Amazing Spider-Man 2 actor is stepping into the iconic shoes of the legendary James Dean in the movie Life, which is about the friendship between Life magazine photographer Dennis Stock (Robert Pattinson) and the Rebel Without a Cause superstar. Dean tragically died in a car accident in 1955 when he was just 24 years old.
Ben Foster as Lance Armstrong
Director Stephen Frears' Lance Armstrong biopic stars Ben Foster as the controversial cyclist.
Madonna as Eva Peron
Angela Bassett as Tina Turner
Angela Bassett channeled singer Tina Turner to a tee in 1993's What's Love Got to Do with It? Another stand-out in the film? Laurence Fishburne as her shockingly abusive ex, Ike Turner.
Sir Ben Kingsley as Mahatma Gandhi
Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash
Joaquin Phoenix won a Golden Globe for his portrayal of singer Johnny Cash in 2005's Walk the Line, but he wasn't the only award winner to come out of the 2005 biopic -- Reese Witherspoon won Oscar gold for her role as Cash's long-time love June Carter.
Leonardo DiCaprio as J. Edgar Hoover
Leonardo DiCaprio got glowing reviews for his portrayal of FBI head director J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's intense J. Edgar.
Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles
Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett
Amanda Seyfried as Linda Lovelace
Amanda Seyfried plays legendary Deep Throat star Linda Lovelace in Lovelace, which tracks the "girl next door" as she is used and abused by the porn industry at the hands of her coercive husband, Chuck Traynor (Peter Sarsgaard), only to later take control of her life and reveal that she was actually the survivor of a far darker story.
Woody Harrelson as Larry Flint
Michelle Williams as Marilyn Monroe
Kerry Washington as Olivia Pope (Inspired by Judy Smith)
At Scandal's wrap party, the actress shared a selfie with the crisis manager who inspired her character on the ABC drama.
"I took a lot of pictures at last night’s #Scandal wrap party but NOT with my own phone. Except for this one. It’s so blurry. But I had to post. Couldn’t resist," she captioned the pic of herself and the founder and CEO of the crisis management firm Smith & Company. "Me and the real Olivia Pope. The inspiration for it all. The OG. #JudySmith"