Many of the elements that make history exciting are the same ones that make movies worth watching: heroism, scandal, intelligence, and tragedy. While Hollywood frequently uses past events for inspiration, there remains a good number of historical events and figures that have yet to be tapped.
Plenty of celebrities look like they've been time-traveling, but the question of who should play historical figures in biopics probes a little deeper. Similar appearances help, yes, but these historical greats deserve actors who can truly capture the small details.
Age: Dec. at 61 (1879-1940)
Birthplace: Kirovohrad, Ukraine
Age: Dec. at 72 (1632-1704)
Birthplace: Wrington, United Kingdom
Age: Dec. at 52 (1564-1616)
Birthplace: Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
Age: Died at 54 (1870-1924)
Birthplace: Ulyanovsk, Russia