Recreations of the lives of the rich and/or famous attract moviegoers year after year. Here are the biographical films coming out in the coming months that present the fascinating journey of sometimes overlooked but always inspiring personalities.
With the popular success of “Aline”, “The Gucci Saga”, “King Richard – Beyond the Game”, “Belfast”, “Bohemian Rhapsody”, “Judy” or even “Rocketman” in previous years, Hollywood continues to invest in the production of so-called “biopics”.
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Shown out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival before hitting theaters June 24, Baz Luhrmann’s film will explore the music of the King (Austin Butler) through the prism of his relationship with “Colonel” Tom Parker. (Tom Hanks, almost unrecognizable), who became his manager. As in all of the filmmaker’s films (“Moulin rouge”, “Romeo + Juliette”), the music will play a prominent role and the visual aspect, as usual, will be unusual.
Bradley Cooper becomes Leonard Bernstein in this biopic he co-wrote and decided to direct after Steven Spielberg retired. The life of the director, composer and pianist, author of the music of the musical “West Side Story” also includes Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Strong. And we are still waiting for a confirmation of the release date.
Set for release on October 7, “Till” centers on the story of Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), an African-American activist who fought for justice after the lynching of her 14-year-old son in 1955. The film is produced by Whoopi Goldberg, who also has a role.
“Weird: The Al Yankovic Story”
Daniel Radcliffe became Al Yankovic for the needs of this production shot in 18 days last February and March. Evan Rachel Wood stars as Madonna in this comedy from Eric Appel, writer and director of the parody site Funny or Die. A specific release date has not yet been revealed.
With premiere announced for November 18, this feature film directed by Maria Schrader is the adaptation of the work of the same name by Jodi Kantor (Zoe Kazan) and Megan Twohey (Carey Mulligan). The two women, reporters for the “New York Times,” investigated Harvey Weinstein and published articles on allegations of sexual harassment and assault.
“I want to dance with someone”
Using the title of a song by Whitney Houston, this film chronicles the beginnings of her career. With Naomi Ackie in the role of the singer who died in 2012 -the actress will not sing, it is the voice of Houston that will be heard on the screen-, the film is scheduled for December 23.
On set and/or in production
Several other projects are in development…
Florence Pugh, Julie Garner and Emma Laird are the three actresses vying for the coveted role of Madonna in a film that will tell the story of her life leading up to her “Blond Ambition” tour. Material Girl herself is producing, co-writing and directing the feature film.
Adam Ripp is inspired by the life of Irwin Mazur, manager of Billy Joel’s group when he was young, to write and direct this feature film. So far, no release date has been announced.
Graham King, producer of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has obtained the approval of the heirs of Michael Jackson to talk about the life of the King of Pop. It is not known, however, if the film will be interested in the accusations of pedophilia presented against Jackson.
Reese Witherspoon will produce this film adaptation of the life of Peggy Lee with Michelle Williams in the title role.
Timothée Chalamet will play Bob Dylan as the author, songwriter and performer transitioned from folk to rock. The feature film, delayed by the pandemic, will be directed by James Mangold.
Kingsley Ben-Adir will take on the role of the father of reggae and Reinaldo Marcus Green, known for “King Richard – Beyond the game”, will go behind the camera.
George and Tammy
It is for Paramount+ that Jessica Chastain produces this series in which she plays Tammy Wynette. Michael Shannon plays George Jones, her husband.