5 Actors Who Have Never Made Sequels

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Fans love watching sequels. It gives the feeling of anticipation and extended satisfaction, especially for movies that thrive on hype and popularity. It is also a great source of income for studios because the more movies they produce, the more cash in the bank. While many actors reprise their respective roles, there are a few who have never appeared the second time.


Whatever the cause is, some popular actors never return for sequels. There are many reasons for this: the pay is not right, the script is not good enough, or they have a fancy for one-time roles. Let’s find out who these actors are:

Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio actors


Leonardo has been gracing the big screen for three decades, and he is one of the most sought-after actors of his time. Proof of this is his long list of movies, awards, and other accomplishments.

The thing about Leonardo is he likes working with the same directors for each film he stars in. It so happens that these filmmakers are not fans of sequels. The actor also said in an interview that he prefers doing movies that tell a complete story.

Jodie Foster


Jodie was actually supposed to do a sequel and reprise her role as Clarice Starling in The Silence of the Lambs but she eventually turned it down. The reason for this was that she is committed to another movie project.

The actress has not had any chance to reprise the role. There could have been a small flicker of hope for Hotel Artemis but seeing the movie did not profit wisely, the hope was extinguished. Besides, Foster is now busy with her directorial job.

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling actors


Gosling has known Hollywood fame since childhood, and he is one of the biggest names in the movie industry. The two-time Oscar nominee is a director’s favorite, yet most of the movies he stars in never make it big.

He also prefers work and life balance. The reason for his absence from the silver screen was his decision to spend time with his family. Perhaps this is why he never returns for sequels.

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep actors


The Devil Wears Prada star is one of the most well-known actresses who never do sequels. When Universal Pictures planned the sequel for the hit musical movie, Mamma Mia!, Streep was not interested anymore.

The actress has been successful in her career for decades, and she prefers moving from one role to another. For her, there is no need for a sequel when you are one of the most lauded actors in the industry.

Nicole Kidman

Nicole Kidman


One of Hollywood’s most sought-after actresses, Nicole has done about 80 films with a couple of sequels where she is not part of them. The actress actually never turned down a role, especially when she was offered to return in The Golden Compass. The film did poorly at the box office, hence, the sequel was canceled.

But Kidman will finally break this streak when she reprises her role as Queen Atlanta in the upcoming Aquaman and the Lost Kingdom movie.


Written by Ariane Cruz

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Ariane Cruz, Senior Content Writer. She has been contributing articles for FandomWire since 2021, mostly covering stories about geek pop culture. With a degree in Communication Arts, she has an in-depth knowledge of print and broadcast journalism. Her other works can also be seen on Screen Rant and CBR.