star as

star as (one)

To have a leading role as a particular character in a play, film, television series, etc. Samantha Hornsby stars as Mary, a woman driven to desperate measures to protect her daughter from the mob. He is starring as George Washington in a play on Broadway this summer.
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star as someone or something

[for someone] to be a featured performer, representing a particular person, or play in a particular role. Judy starred as Evita in the broadway production of the same name. Mary starred as an aging countess.
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References in classic literature ?
If he be seeking his own star as he methodically turns and turns upon the leads, it should be but a pale one to be so rustily represented below.
The material's warm temperature indicates that it's about the same distance from its star as Venus is from the sun.
By investigating the composition of this star as well as that of a similar primitive star found 2 years ago, astronomers may be revealing the conditions in which the first stars formed in the universe.
However, the body appears to lie more than three times as far from its star as Pluto, our solar system's outermost planet, lies from the sun.
Theory predicts that a star as massive and as old as P Cygni should have cooled half as slowly - and thus brightened somewhat less - over the past 300 years, de Groot notes.
The idea is to watch the infrared light of a star as the moon passes in front of it.
Latham's calculations, based on observations of 30 cycles, indicate the invisible companion circles the star every 84 days in an orbit as close to the star as Mercury's orbit is to the sun.
But unlike other X-ray pulsars, GX1+4 has a red giant star as a partner, and a red giant produces a slow, weak stellar wind unlikely to alter the ring's motion.