previews... - January 15, 2020 previews... 2020's Best Movies - Biopics
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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2020's Best Movies - Biopics

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2020's best movies. Today, it's the biopics...


Richard Jewell

Starring: Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde, Jon Hamm

Director: Clint Eastwood

Release Date: January 31st


Clint Eastwood brings the real-life story of Richard Jewell to the big screen next month, with Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Bates, Olivia Wilde and Jon Hamm taking lead roles.

The film is a re-telling of the real-life story of Jewell, who discovered a suspicious backpack in the sports compound while working as a security guard at the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta.

Jewell cleared the area and was initially hailed as a hero, but after it was leaked by police to a reporter that Jewell was a possible suspect in the bombing, his life was ruined.

Subsequently, the FBI cleared Jewell as a suspect three months later, but he never recovered and he died in 2007 of a heart attack at age 44.

Hauser plays Jewell, while Rockwell portrays his lawyer. Initially, Eastwood had cast Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill in the lead roles, but both have moved on, though they remain attached as producers.

Eastwood directs, working from a script from Captain Phillips/Overlord writer Billy Ray.



Starring: Margot Robbie, Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman, Allison Janney, Stephen Root, Kate McKinnon

Director: Jay Roach

Release Date: January 17th

Robbie, Theron and Kidman come together for this powerful new drama.

The film tackles the scandal surrounding former Fox News chairman Roger Ailes, which saw Ailes being forced to resign from his 20-year tenure as CEO and chairman of Fox News.

He stood down in the wake of a series of sexual harassment allegations against him from several of the network's female employees, including high-profile anchors such as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson.

Kidman plays Carlson, Theron portrays Kelly and Robbie is Kayla Pospisil, with John Lithgow also starring as Ailes.

Allison Janney, Stephen Root and Kate McKinnon co-star, working for director Jay Roach. The Big Short screenwriter Charles Randolph provides the script.



Starring: Rosamund Pike, Sam Riley, Anya Taylor-Joy, Aneurin Barnard, Simon Russell-Beale

Director: Marjane Satrapi

Release Date: March 20th


Rosamund Pike plays pioneering scientist Marie Curie in this new biopic.

Pike stars as Curie, with the film following her and husband Pierre Curie as they explore the boundaries of science and end with the world-altering discovery radioactivity.

The film details this, the pair's struggle to get their voices heard and the reverberation of their discoveries throughout the 20th century.

Marjane Satrapi, best known for her work on Persepolis, directs.


Military Wives

Starring: Sharon Horgan, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Greg Wise, Jason Flemyng, Emma Lowndes, Gaby French, Lara Rossi, Amy James-Kelly, India Ria Amarteifio

Director: Peter Cattaneo

Release Date: March 6th


Sharon Horgan and Kristin Scott-Thomas lock horns in this tender look at the real-life story of the military wives choir and their rise to the top of the charts.

The movie follows Horgan's Lisa and Scott-Thomas' Kate as they prepare for their husbands to be sent to Afghanistan. Lisa is a laid-back presence on the base and clashes with Kate, who wants her to do more to help the wives socialise.

Reluctantly, a choir is formed and then everything starts to change.


Dark Waters

Starring: Mark Ruffalo, Anne Hathaway, Tim Robbins, Bill Camp, Victor Garber, Mare Winningham, Bill Pullman

Director: Todd Haynes

Release Date: February 28th


Mark Ruffalo leads this way in this brooding biopic.

Ruffalo plays Robert Blott, a real-life attorney who uncovered the connection between a string of mysterious deaths and chemical company DuPont. Naturally, he faced a fight to get the story out...

Todd Haynes, director of Carol and Far From Heaven, takes charge of this one. He works from a script from House Of Lies creator Matthew Carnahan.


King Richard

Starring: Will Smith

Director: Reinaldo Marcus Green

Release Date: November 27th


The story of how Venus and Serena Williams moved from the streets of Compton to become two of the most decorated players in the history of tennis will be told in this new movie.

Will Smith will play their father Richard, who coached the pair throughout their careers, with the sisters yet to be cast.

Reinaldo Marcus Green, who directed three episodes of Top Boy as well as hit drama Monsters and Men, is behind the camera.


The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Starring: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Thomas Middleditch, Frank Langella, William Hurt, Michael Keaton, Mark Rylance

Director: Aaron Sorkin

Release Date: September 25th


Aaron Sorkin follows up his 2017 directorial debut Molly’s Game with another tasty biopic and an all-star cast.

The Chicago seven are seven defendants charged by the federal government with conspiracy, inciting to riot, and other charges related to anti-Vietnam War and counterculture protests that took place in Chicago.

Their trial sparked a national scandal and their fight for free speech and to clear their names will be the movie’s journey.

Sorkin writes and directs the movie, which he first pitched to studios back in 2007...



Starring: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Tate Donovan, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Mary J. Blige

Director: Liesl Tommy

Release Date: August 21st


Aretha Franklin’s life and music are celebrated in this lavish new biopic.

Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson plays the singer. The film will chart her career from a childhood singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom.

Theatre veteran Liesl Tommy directs, working from a script from Tracy Scott Wilson.


Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Starring: Max Harwood, Richard E. Grant, Sharon Horgan, Sarah Lancashire, Shobna Gulati

Director: Jonathan Butterell

Release Date: October 23rd


The West-End sensation is brought to the big screen in 2020, with plenty of glitz and glamour.

The musical follows Jamie, a 16-year-old teenager who is being bullied at school and struggling to come to terms with his sexuality. We watch as he overcomes prejudice, beats the bullies and steps out of the darkness to become a drag queen.

Tom MacRae and The Feeling's Dan Gillespie Sells, who collaborated for the musical, have provided the screenplay, while Jonathan Butterell, who developed the musical, directs.

The musical is inspired by the 2011 television documentary Jamie: Drag Queen at 16, which told the real-life story of Jamie Campbell, who wished to attend his school prom in drag.



Starring: Johnny Flynn, Jena Malone, Marc Maron

Director: Gabriel Range

Release Date: TBC

Beast and folk musician Johnny Flynn will play The Thin White Duke himself, David Bowie, in this new biopic.

The film will be set in 1971 and will follow Bowie's first visit to the United States, the trip that is said to have inspired the creation of his alter ego Ziggy Stardust.

Jena Malone will play Bowie's first wife Angie, while comedian Marc Maron will play his record company publicist.

Sadly, it looks as if the film will feature none of Bowie's music...

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