10 Biographical Films to Look Forward to
Grace of Monaco, Sinatra, Pelé, Louis Armstrong, Marilyn Monroe. All these legendary characters and many more will see once again fame on the big screen. Here are ten biographical movies to look forward to in the near future.
1. Grace of Monaco
Six years have passed since the wedding that transformed her from a Hollywood queen in one of the most beloved members of the royal families of Europe. But over the seemingly happy life of Grace of Monaco (Nicole Kidman) begin to gather clouds when Monaco becomes target of French leader, General Charles de Gaulle. Olivier Dahan’s film covers two years of Grace’s marriage to Prince Rainier (Tim Roth), exploring the relationship behind closed doors.
Frank Sinatra is the iconic figure of Hollywood with incredible voice, acting talent and gorgeous blue eyes and links with the mafia. The founder of the Rat Pack band has enjoyed a life of glamor during the years 1950-1960, with parties with celebrities and politicians.
Currently only briefly sketched, the movies has been long prepared by Martin Scorsese. Last year, Billy Ray, author of Hunger Games, has been hired to write the script, several names being recommended for the title role, of which the latest, easy to understand is Leonardo di Caprio. Scorsese seemed willing to do the project to move forward, although it was interrupted numerous times and the director himself seemed to have other movies on the list of priorities.
Considered the greatest footballer of all time, Pelé scored 1281 goals in 1363 matches and is considered a national hero in Brazil. Retired from the sport in 1977, Pelé has been an ambassador of football. In 1981 actor appears alongside Sylvester Stallone and Michael Caine in the film Escape to Victory (an episode about a football team composed of Allied prisoners during the World War).
Directors and screenwriters Michael and Jeff Zimbalist went after this biography for the Cannes Film Festival this year. The film is to be a chronicle of Pele, from childhood in poverty to winning the World Cup with Brazil in 1958 at only 17.
4. Satchmo (What a Wonderful World)
Louis Armstrong – also known as Satchmo – overcame racial boundaries of his time, becoming a jazz trumpeter and successful singer.Raised in a poor neighborhood of New Orleans, he managed, thanks to his personality and characteristic voice to become a brand in itself. Armstrong died in 1971, aged 69 . Behind this movie is Forest Whitaker, who has his own hopes of both for the lead role and the film’s director.
Actress and idol, Marilyn Monroe is the iconic Hollywood star. Her long film career was often hampered by problems behind the scenes, including failed relationships and drug use. She died in 1962 after an overdose.
Andrew Dominik (Chopper, The Assassination of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford, Killing Them Soflty) directs this film, starring Naomi Watts. Unlike the My Week With Marilyn, the film explores the whole life of the actress from the age 7 until her death.
6. Steve McQueen
Known as the King of Cool, the actor in antihero roles, Steve McQueen, became famous in the 1960s and 1970s, largely due to his harsh, laconic presence. After a rebellious childhood spent on the streets or in the home of a violent stepfather, gang member and petty criminal, McQueen became first a Marine before becoming an actor. On the set, he would easily come in conflict with the directors or other actors. He died at age 50 on November 7, 1980, of malignant mesothelioma. Cancer was caused by asbestos exposure. Jeremy Renner is producer, but it is unknown if he will act as well. The biography does not cover the entire life of McQueen, but his Hollywood period, during his weakness for drugs and fast cars.
7. The Owl in Daylight
Science fiction writer Philip K. Dick, whose works have been adapted into films like Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report and A Scanner Darkl, explored metaphysic topics. In 1974 K. Dick began to have hallucinations, believing that a bright pink light endowed him with wisdom and, finally, came to claim he lead two parallel existences – that of that of an ancient Roman, Thomas. He also believed to possess the spirit of the prophet Elijah when writing one of novels one. K.Dick died in 1982 from complications following a stroke.
Paul Giamatti was ready to play the writer, but the Philip K. Dick foundation failed several times to complete the project. The script takes elements from the last unfinished novel by K. Dick.
8. Get Happy: The Life of Judy Garland
Famous actress and singer, with a broad career in Hollywood, Garland played the first role on the big screen when she was still a child. Despite successful career in music and film, Garland had a difficult personal life, marked by numerous failed marriage and battle with drug and alcohol addiction. She died prematurely in 1967, at 47, of an overdose.
Director Darren Aronofsky was going to direct the film, at one point, meanwhile giving up directing it. What is uncertain, however, is that Anne Hathaway will certainly play the role.
9. Freddie Mercury
Flamboyant singer of Queen and co -author of some of the most famous rock songs of all time, Freddie Mercury was born in Tanzania. Always reluctant to declare his sexual orientation during the interviews, Mercury was regarded as bisexual, with a series of relationships throughout his career. Mercury died on November 24, 1991, from complications caused by AIDS.
Sacha Baron Cohen was initially chosen, the seemingly perfect choice (even if only for his mustache), but gave up the role due to creative differences with the remaining members of Queen. Meanwhile, there were rumors that Daniel Radcliffe will take the role.
10. The Last of Robin Hood
Errol Flynn was an important male Hollywood figure in 1930, mainly cast as seductive man and adventurer (preferably outlaw). He was the favorite actor of directors Michael Curtiz and Raoul Walsh.
In the biographic film scheduled in the near future on the big screen, Kevin Kline plays the legendary actor production focusing on the last years of Flynn’s life, and his latest love, the young 17 year old Beverly Aadland (played by Dakota Fanning). Flynn had his first meeting with Aadland when she was only 15 years old, the relationship being encouraged by the girl’s mother, the ambitious Florence (played by Susan Sarandon).