Following on from last week’s must see biopics, we thought it would be interesting to look at the soon to be release biographical feature films. Although a lot of these films are limited release they may be released wider nearer to awards season or if they prove to be popular or money makers!
The movie is directed by Rob Epstein and Jeffery Friedman. It stars Amanda Seyfried, Peter Sarsgaard, Sharon Stone, Juno Temple, Chris Noth, Chloë Sevigny and James Franco. Set in the 1970’s, the film depicts the life of Linda Lovelace, who is forced to become a porn star by her abusive husband. She manages to escape his clutches and sets off to disclose the seedy under world of the porn industry. So far it has mixed reviews. The trailer can be seen here and may not be safe for work.
Lovelace will have a limited release in the US on the 9th of August.
The Butler is based on the life of Eugene Allen (the film’s character is called Cecil Gaines who is played by Forest Witaker), an African American man who worked at the White House from 1952 to 1986 and rose to the highest rank of butler while there. The film is directed by Lee Daniels and also stars Oprah Winfrey, Cuba Gooding Jr, Terrence Howard, Robin Williams, Alan Rickman, Lenny Kravitz, David Oyelowo and Vanessa Redgrave. The film is set to be released on the 16th of August, however the title may change. The film’s producers are currently battling it out in court with Warner Bros. Pictures, who owns a 1916 film with the same name and refuse to let this film use it.
Starring Ashton Kutcher as Steve Jobs, the film depicts the Apple co-founder’s life from 1971 to 2011. The film also stars Josh Gad (as Apple’s other co-founder Steve Wozniak), James Woods, Matthew Modine and is directed by Joshua Michael Stern. Like Lovelace, Jobs is also getting mixed reviews. The film will be released on the 16thof August too.
This film depicts the life of Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela’s 2nd wife, who stood by her husband when he was arrested and continued with his activism while he was in jail. Jennifer Hudson stars as Winnie with Terrence Howard as Nelson and it is directed by Darrell Roodt. The film has run into some controversies. Winnie Mandela herself objects to the movie over not having consulted her for the film, and some South African actors criticized the film for using American Actors. The movie will have a limited release on the 6th of September.
Starring Naomi Watts as Princess Diana this film tells the story of the last two years of her life, which covers her relationship with Dr Hasnat Khan, Dodi Fayed and her charity work. The film is directed by Oliver Hirschbiegel and also stars Naveen Andrews, Cas Anvar, Geraldine James, Douglas Hodge and Charles Edwards. Diana is set to be released on the 20th of September in the UK, the USA date has yet to be confirmed.
Grace of Monaco depicts two years of Grace Kelly’s life in the 1960’s. During this time she struggles with her marriage to Rainier III, Prince of Monaco, her new royal identity and must help eased tension between Monaco and France. It stars Nicole Kidman as Grace Kelly, Tim Roth as Prince Rainier III and is directed by Olivier Dahan. There is no trailer yet but the film will have a limited release on the 27th of November.
Another Mandela biopic! This one is on Nelson Mandela and is adapted from his autobiography of the same name. Idris Elba will portray Nelson and Naomie Harris will portray Winnie, the film will span from his childhood in a rural village to him being elected as the President of South Africa. Justin Chadwick directed the film; it also has no trailer but will have a limited release on the 29th of November.
Loosely based on the life of Ron Woodroof, Dallas Buyers Club tells the story of a man who was diagnosed as HIV-positive in 1986. After taking the approved FDA drug nearly kills him, Ron (played by Matthew McConaughey) searches for a non-toxic medication. These drugs are illegal in the U.S. so his doctor (played by Jennifer Garner) and another patient called Rayon (played by Jared Leto) help him smuggle the drugs in and provide an alternative drug for other HIV-positive patients. The film is directed by Jean-Marc Vallée. Dallas Buyers Club will be released on the 6th of December, there is also no trailer. There is a lot of buzz about this film though, which is down to the massive weight loss Matthew and Jared lost to portray HIV-positive patients.
Although this is a TV movie this film is still worth a look due to the amazing Helena Bonham Carter who is playing Elizabeth Taylor! Dominic West plays Richard Burton and the plot centres around them preparing for the theatre play Private Lives in 1983. Richard Laxton is the director for this film. Burton and Taylor will air this Fall/Autumn on BBC America and on BBC Four for the UK.
Another TV film/mini-series coming sometime this year is Fleming. It will look at the early life of Ian Fleming (played by Dominic Cooper), author of the James Bond novels, and how his experiences in Naval Intelligence helped to create 007! Rupert Evans and Lara Pulver will also star in it. Fleming will air in winter 2014 on BBC America and Sky Atlantic for the UK.