Elvis and 9 other upcoming biopics
Content Warning: This article contains discussions and references to murder, suicide, sexual assault and cults.
The biographical image of Elvis Presley’s rise to fame, titled Elvis, hits the big screen on June 24, 2022. It originally screened at the Cannes Film Festival and received widespread acclaim for its portrayal of the iconic musician. Austen Butler stars, alongside Tom Hanks as Tom Parker and Olivia DeJonge as Priscilla Presley.
Biographical films have taken the film industry by storm, with several, such as the recent King Richard, critically acclaimed. Fortunately, fans of the genre still have several promising biopics to look forward to in the second half of 2022.
Fever – No release date
After the life of jazz singer and actress Peggy Lee, Fever has yet to announce a release date, but Deadline reports that Michelle Williams, star of The greatest showman, should play the actress. Other than some basic information about the potential talent involved, not much else is known about this project yet.
Norma Deloris Egstrom, known professionally as Peggy Lee, was an American jazz singer, songwriter, and actress. Originally starting out as a milkmaid and radio singer, she later joined Benny Goodman to sing with his band, which rocketed her to stardom, recording tracks such as ‘Fever’ and ‘Big Spender’.
Switching to electric – No release date
An upcoming biopic will see Timothée Chalamet play 1960s American singer-songwriter Bob Dylan. The project doesn’t have an officially announced name yet, but Deadline reports that it’s tentatively called Go electric.
Bob Dylan over the years has released many influential songs with political, social, philosophical and literary influences. He is known for defying pop culture expectations and pushing the creative boundaries of modern music. Dylan played an important role in the civil rights movement of the 1960s, protesting with his music and using his public status to gain support.
Oppenheimer – July 21, 2023
Directed and written by Christopher Nolan, Oppenheimer will be released on July 21, 2023, following the scientific and personal life of J. Robert Oppenheimer. Oppenheimer is expected to have a star-studded cast including Cillian Murphy as Oppenheimer, alongside Robert Downey Jr., Florence Pugh, Matt Damon and Emily Blunt.
J. Robert Oppenheimer was a theoretical scientist and professor at the University of California, responsible for the design of the atomic bomb. These bombs were dropped on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Japan; ending American involvement in World War II. Designing the bomb, he would have been proud to have served his country but regretting the destruction his work might one day bring.
Jim Jones – June 9, 2023
Once upon a time in Hollywood star Leonardo DiCaprio is set to play cult leader, political activist and preacher Jim Jones in the film of the same name which is set for release on June 9, 2023
Jim Jones was originally ordained as a Christian minister, starting the People’s Temple. After gaining a wider following, he moved the band to Jonestown, Guyana. Jim Jones was best known for the November 1978 Jonestown mass murder-suicide that claimed the lives of 918 people, including 304 children, by having his followers drink flavored cyanide.
Blonde – September 23, 2022
Ana de Armas, star of Knives outwill play blonde bombshell Marilyn Monroe in her upcoming biopic, Blond, based on Joyce Carol Oats’ book of the same name. The film is set to follow his rise to fame and his accidental death, though according to the source material it’s much more of an artistic exploration of stardom than an overly realistic depiction of the star’s life.
Marilyn Monore was a model and actress in the 1950s and early 1960s, starring in films like Men prefer blondes and Some like it hot. This pseudo-biopic will arrive on Netflix on September 23, 2022.
I want to dance with someone – December 23, 2022
I want to dance with someone is an upcoming musical biopic based on the life of American singer and actress Whitney Houston. Naomi Ackie takes on the role of Huston, alongside Stanley Tucci as Clive Davis and Ashton Sanders as Bobby Brown. The film is set to be released on December 23, 2022.
Whitney Huston is known for her hit songs “I Will Always Love You”, from The bodyguard and “I want to dance with someone”, from which the film takes its name. While her singing and acting career will be at the forefront of this musical biopic, it’s also sure to showcase the celebrity’s personal struggles.
She Said – November 18, 2022
After the lives of two New York Times reporters, She says is the biographical film of those who brought the case of Harvey Weinstein to the forefront of the news. Starring Zoe Kazan and Carey Mulligan, the film is set to be released on November 18, 2022.
These journalists, Jodi Kantor and Megan Twohey, had fought to investigate the Harvey Weinstein sexual assault case of October 2017, which sparked the widespread #MeToo movement, brought it to light and ended decades of silence around the sexual assaults that have permeated the industry. since the days of old Hollywood.
Bizarre: The Al Yankovic Story – Fall 2022
Daniel Radcliff is set to star in the upcoming ‘Weird’ Al Yankovic biopic, Bizarre: the story of Al Yankovicwhich will be released in the fall of 2022. Not much is known yet about what the biopic will entail.
Al Yankovic is an American singer-songwriter and actor who has gained popularity for his satirical and comedic songs that shed light on pop culture and parody songs. Surprisingly for a parody artist, his work earned him five Grammy Awards and 11 other nominations. Yankovic has also hosted his own television shows on MTV over the years.
Until October 2022
In October, Danielle Deadwyler, from The more they fallis set to star as Mamie Till-Mobley in the upcoming biopic, Until. The film will follow the story of Emmett Louis Till and the legacy of his mother who sought justice for her murdered son.
Grandma Till-Mobley was an American activist who lost her son after he was accused of whistling a store clerk. She had asked the White House for justice but was refused. This sparked protests across Mississippi where Till was asked to speak to overflowing crowds across the country, sparking the civil rights movement alongside Rosa Parks and Martin Luther King JR.
Elvis – June 24, 2022
Elvis, released June 24, 2022, follows the titular musician’s rise to prominence in the 1950s and his relationship with his manager, Colonel Tom Parker, and his wife, Pricilla Presley. The film stars Austin Butler as Elvis alongside Tom Hanks as his manager.
Elvis Presley, nicknamed the King of Rock and Roll, was an American singer who was very prominent in the 1950s and remained so until his untimely death in 1977. He was considered a sex symbol and had many adoring fans . From 1956 to 1958, it topped the bestseller charts and ushered in the era of rock and roll, opening the doors to many artists who followed.
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