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by Tom hmv London, Bio Editor. Peanut butter, punk rock and pillows. previews... 2019's Best Movies - Biopics

Over the next two weeks, we're going to be previewing 100 of 2019's best movies. We continue today with 2019's biopics...



Starring: Taron Egerton, Richard Madden, Jamie Bell, Bryce Dallas Howard

Director: Dexter Fletcher

Release Date: May 31st


Kingsman mainman Taron Egerton plays Elton John in this wild biopic about the eccentric superstar. 

The script comes from Billy Elliott writer Lee Hall, who works with Eddie The Eagle director Dexter Fletcher.

The story will follow John's life as he goes from a prodigy at the Royal Academy of Music to a global superstar and charts his enduring musical partnership with Bell's Bernie Taupin.

Egerton will also record a number of Elton John's songs for the soundtrack. 




Starring: Christian Bale,  Amy Adams, Eddie Marsan, Steve Carell, Sam Rockwell, Bill Pullman, Alison Pill

Director: Adam McKay

Release Date: January 25th


Christian Bale has undergone another total physical transformation to take the lead in this biopic about former US Vice President Dick Cheney. 

The plot follows Cheney in his political rise to become the most powerful Vice President in America's history and looks at the people who helped him get there, as well as his relationship with President George W. Bush. 

Adam McKay, who directed Bale and Carrell in the Oscar-nominated hit The Big Short, writes and directs here.



Stan and Ollie

Starring: Steve Coogan, John C. Reilly, Shirley Henderson, Nina Arianda, Danny Huston, Rufus Jones, Susy Kane

Director: Jon S. Baird

Release Date: January 11th


The iconic comedy duo gets the full biopic treatment, with Coogan playing Stan Laurel and Reilly playing Oliver Hardy. 

Struggling to get a new movie made, the biopic follows the pair as they embark on a variety hall tour of Britain and Ireland.

Despite the pressures of a hectic schedule and increasing tensions between the pair, they were able to bring it together for what would become their triumphant farewell tour.

Filth director Jon S. Baird is in charge, working from a script from Jeff Pope, who previously worked with Coogan on Philomena.



Ford v. Ferrari

Starring: Christian Bale, Matt Damon, Caitriona Balfe, Jon Bernthal, Josh Lucas, Noah Jupe

Director: James Mangold

Release Date: June 28th


The birth of one the greatest rivalries in sport is taken to the big screen this summer, with motor racing drama Ford v. Ferrari. 

The film follows the team of engineers, designers and drivers at Ford who put everything on the line to build a car with the potential to finally defeat the perennially dominant Ferrari at the 1966 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France...


On The Basis Of Sex

Starring: Felicity Jones, Armie Hammer,  Justin Theroux, Jack Reynor, Cailee Spaeny, Sam Waterson, Kathy Bates

Director: Mimi Leder

Release Date: February 8th


The story of Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman in history to have been appointed to the US Supreme Court, is told in this lavish biopic. 

The film follows Ginsburg as she teams with her husband Marty to bring a groundbreaking case before the U.S. Court of Appeals and overturn a century of gender discrimination.



White Crow

Starring: Oleg Ivanko, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Chulpan Khamatova, Ralph Fiennes, Alexey Morozov

Director: Ralph Fiennes

Release Date: March 22nd


Ralph Fiennes is in front and behind the camera on this dark look at the life of ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev. 

The story follows Nureyev's early life in the USSR and his eventual defection to the West...


Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Richard E. Grant, Dolly Wells, Jane Curtin, Ben Falcone

Director: Marielle Heller

Release Date: February 1st


Melissa McCarthy takes a break from comedy for a very different project with Can You Ever Forgive Me?

McCarthy plays Lee Israel, a struggling biographer who begins to forge and sell letters by deceased writers, playwrights, and actors, lacing them with intimate details. 

Initially, she plans to do this to survive, but soon discovers it's very lucrative indeed...



A Beautiful Day in the Neighbourhood

Starring: Tom Hanks, Matthew Rhys, Chris Cooper

Director: Marielle Heller

Release Date: November 1st


The much-anticipated biopic of beloved children's TV host Fred Rogers finally arrives in 2019, with Tom Hanks leading the way. 

The story uses as its focal point the relationship between Rogers and journalist Tom Junod, and details Rogers' efforts in creating and helming his popular preschool TV series, which enjoyed an incredible run on U.S. television from 1968 until 2001.



Starring: Keira Knightley, Dominic West, Fiona Shaw, Eleanor Tomlinson, Denise Gough and Aiysha Hart

Director: Wash Westmoreland

Release Date: January 9th


Next, we have an elegant, but highly charged period drama. 

Knightley plays Gabrielle Colette, a young country girl who marries Henry Gauthier-Villars, a charismatic and dominant Parisian who moves her to Paris with him. 

There, Colette begins to write and shows some of her writing to Henry, who convinces her to write novels, which he suggests should be released under his name as the purported author.

The phenomenal success of the series of novels titled "Claudine" makes Willy a well-known writer, but his wife quickly grows frustrated at her lack of recognition and things begin to spiral out of control...



The Front Runner 

Starring: Hugh Jackman, J.K. Simmons, Vera Farmiga, Sara Paxton, Molly Ephraim, Kevin Pollak, Bill Burr

Director: Jason Reitman

Release Date: January 11th


Jackman takes a break from leading The Greatest Show to star in this political biopic. 

The film tells the true story of Gary Hart's run for the Democratic presidential candidacy in 1988, emerging as the clear favourite against rival Michael Dukakis until a scandal involving an extramarital affair brought his campaign crashing down, ultimately leading to the election of George H.W. Bush and altering the tone of American political coverage for years to come.

The movie is based on Matt Bai's account of the race to secure the Democratic nomination, All the Truth Is Out: The Week Politics Went Tabloid. 


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