The re-enactment of the lives of wealthy people and/or famous clothes moviegoers year after year. Here are the biographical films that will be released over the next few months and which 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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Presented out of competition at the Cannes Film Festival before hitting theaters on 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 major role and the visual aspect will, as usual, be unusual.
Bradley Cooper turns into Leonard Bernstein in this biographical film that he co-wrote and decided to direct following Steven Spielberg’s withdrawal. The life of the conductor, composer and pianist, author of the music for the musical “West Side Story” also includes Carey Mulligan and Jeremy Strong. And we are still waiting for a confirmation of the release date.
Scheduled for October 7, “Till” centers on the story of Mamie Till-Mobley (Danielle Deadwyler), an African-American activist who fought for justice after the 1955 lynching of her son. 14 years old. The film is produced by Whoopi Goldberg who also has a role.
“Weird: The Story of Al Yankovic”
Daniel Radcliffe turned into Al Yankovic for the needs of this production filmed in 18 days last February and March. Evan Rachel Wood plays Madonna in this comedy by Eric Appel, screenwriter and director for the parody site Funny or Die. No specific release date has yet been revealed.
With a release announced for November 18, this feature film directed by Maria Schrader is the adaptation of the eponymous work 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 accusations of harassment and sexual 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.
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Florence Pugh, Julie Garner and Emma Laird are the three actresses in the running for the coveted role of Madonna in a film that will tell the story of her life until her “Blond Ambition” tour. The Material Girl herself is producing, co-writing and directing the feature film.
“The Man at the Piano”
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. As of now, no release date has been announced.
Graham King, producer of “Bohemian Rhapsody”, has obtained the approval of Michael Jackson’s heirs to discuss the life of the King of Pop. It is not known, however, if the film is interested in the accusations of pedophilia brought against Jackson.
Reese Witherspoon will produce this film adaptation of the life of Peggy Lee with Michelle Williams in the lead role.
Timothée Chalamet will play Bob Dylan when the author, composer and performer moved from folk to rock. The feature film, considered due to 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 pass behind the camera.
“George and Tammy”
It is for Paramount+ that Jessica Chastain produces this series in which she plays Tammy Wynette. Michael Shannon stars as George Jones, husband son.