hmv.com 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...
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.
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.
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.
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...