Fall's Most Exciting Movie Roles: Mary Todd Lincoln, Renesmee, and More

Some are unsung heroes of literature, others are historical figures portrayed in a whole new light—here are seven book-to-film transformations you'll want to watch take shape.

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Bookworms and history buffs, rejoice and buy popcorn: 2012 is shaping up to be a banner year for movie versions of classic historical and literary figures. In the coming months, J.R.R. Tolkien's floppy-haired halflings will once again battle for Middle Earth onscreen, Stephenie Meyer's sparkly vampires will breed, Oscar winners will breathe new life into beloved American presidents' plucked-from-the-textbooks wartime speeches, and there will be top hats.

But in the shadow of every iconic, analyzed-to-death Anna Karenina or Abraham Lincoln, there's a subtly complex Konstantin Levin or First Lady Mary Todd. Here are seven supporting characters who could surprise, delight, and intrigue audiences when they come to life on the big screen this fall.

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Ashley Fetters is a former associate editor at The Atlantic.

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