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Biopic Fever in 2019: What’s the Deal?

Biopic Fever in 2019: What’s the Deal?

Moviegoers have spoken time and time again with their movie ticket purchases. With their two thumbs up going to the latest and increasingly more popular love of blockbuster biopics. From classics like Malcolm X to the newest features like last year’s Bohemian Rhapsody, audiences love these films. Why are these films so likable, and nowadays, so prevalent? Perhaps the fans enjoy hearing the soundtrack to their favorite band or musician’s life story. On the other hand, some enjoy the fashion and history in a good period piece like Beethoven’s biopic, Immortal Beloved. Others like to see their favorite actors become icons from decades past. 

Whatever the case may be, Hollywood knows that fans of cinema will eat up a good biopic. Often times, it’s a sure-fire box office buck, like those trendy Disney remakes. This win-win for movie lovers and the film industry continues full force with a whole slew of fun ones throughout 2019. Here’s a list of upcoming 2019 and 2020 biopics to look out for:

 

Fighting With My Family (released January 2019)

The Rock, Dwayne Johnson, co-stars in this dramedy biopic about WWE superstar, Paige. It’s the coming of age struggle of an English girl working her way to the top of professional wrestling in America.

 

The Dirt (released March 2019)

This biopic was released on Netflix in March and chronicles the rise, fall, and redemption of the glam metal band Mötley Crüe. The film is full of tacky, sordid and uncensored rock star shenanigans, just as the Crüe would have it.

 

Tolkien (May 2019, just released)

This Disney release is the biography of the of fantasy author J.R.R. Tolkien, detailing his teenage years and the experiences during World War I that inspired classic works like Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.

 

Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile (May 2019, just released)

Heartthrob, Zac Efron is cast as serial killer Ted Bundy. Unlike other biopics, the film is not told from the main character but rather from the perspective of the criminal’s long-time girlfriend, who was in denial about the truth of her lover.

 

Rocketman (May 2019)

This highly anticipated film tells the story of musician Elton John. From his boyhood days in a small town to a worldwide mega pop icon.  In addition to all the glitz and glam, stunning sparkles, and more, it also has all the popular tunes to accompany his journey to fame.

 

It’s a Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (October 2019)

Tom Hanks will play Fred Rodgers, the heartwarming host of the 80’s children’s show Mister Rodgers’ Neighborhood. Fan favorite Hanks appears to be the perfect pick to portray the beloved childhood icon.

 

Ford v. Ferrari (November 2019)

Matt Damon and Christian Bale will star in this story about automaker Ford’s journey to battle Ferrari.  Taking place in the 1960s, the battleground being the Le Mans race in France, Ford Motor Company works to build a car from scratch to take over the Ferrari’s winning title.

 

Respect (Summer 2020)

Jennifer Hudson is slated to play soul singer, Aretha Franklin in this biopic. The Oscar-winning actress will portray Franklin’s life.  Similar to the Rocketman flic, this story begins at her childhood, singing gospel in the church choir to Franklin’s superstardom in adulthood.

 

Stardust (TBD)

This David Bowie biopic will begin filming during the summer. The biopic is the other-worldly story of rock-legend Bowie during his Ziggy Stardust years in the 1970s. Fans are anxiously awaiting more details about this film such as the much-anticipated release date. But more importantly, the news about what songs will be included in the soundtrack.

 

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