‌After Oppenheimer swept the Oscars including the lofty honour of Best Picture, it’s safe to say the biopic genre definitely isn’t going anywhere- and there’s plenty more on the horizon that we have our sights on. If you’re a fan of music biopics, there’s plenty coming out about the highs and lows of the biz (some of which we’ve listed below), and a few historical and political biopics like Shirley, releasing later this month to keep things interesting. Here’s some of the most exciting to look out for:

Back to Black

Back to Black

Musical biopic Back to Black focuses on the late Amy Winehouse, whose life was previously documented in the acclaimed docufilm Amy, and is now being turned into a full feature film. This will be the first major version of her story onscreen, and looks at her life and career starting with her days as a jazz musician in London, before she eventually became a Grammy-winning star dealing with addiction and mental illness. Breakout Industry actress Marisa Abela will be playing the role of the singer, while Eddie Marsan will play her father, and Jack O’Connell playing her husband Blake Fielder-Civil. Juliet Cowan and Lesley Manville will play her mother and grandmother, respectively. It’s been long in the works, but the much-buzzed-about film will arrive next month in cinemas.

Michael

Michael

After Freddie Mercury and Elton John were given the big screen treatment, it was only a matter of time before the King of Pop was given a biopic. Michael Jackson’s career and life story, with all the adoration and controversy that it brings, will be told in Michael, set to release next year. Jackson will be played in the film by Jaafar Jackson, the Popstar’s nephew, and it’ll explore the decades from his debut as a child star to his later years and the press frenzy that followed him everywhere. Alongside Jaafar, it’ll star Colman Domingo, who was nominated for an Oscar this year for Rustin, as Michael’s father Joe. Meanwhile, Nia Long, Miles Teller and Laura Harrier will also have supporting roles, and you’ll be able to see it on 18th April 2025.

Beautiful

Caroline King
Daisy Edgar-Jones

We don’t have any images or a trailer yet for Caroline King biopic Beautiful, but we do know a few details that definitely have us hooked. Based on her life and the hit stage show Beautiful: The Carole King Musical, the film will tell the story of the singer-songwriter, and how she became an icon of American music. As with the Broadway and West End show, it’ll feature plenty of King’s most famous songs, and Normal People star Daisy Edgar-Jones has been cast to play her. The film is currently in production, though no filming has been spotted yet, so there’s probably a while yet to wait, though you can likely expect it to land in 2024. It’s directed by Lisa Cholodenko (The Girl From Plainville) and produced by Tom Hanks.

The Beatles

The Beatles

Only The Beatles can make a biopic film cause an instant buzz in national news sites and media- which is exactly what happened when it was announced that Sam Mendes, director of Skyfall, 1917 and American Beauty would be tackling the Fab Four. Not only that, it was revealed that Mendes will make four separate films, each focusing on a separate Beatle, so Paul, John, George and Ringo will have their stories told independently. However, we don’t much yet, so whether the films will tell the tale of Sgt. Pepper or their years touring the world remains to be seen. There’s been a few depictions of the Beatles onscreen, but no word of who Mendes might cast (Sean Lennon recently suggested the intriguing idea of Emma Stone playing his father), but we’ll find out when the first film arrives in 2027.

A Complete Unknown

Bob Dylan
Timothee Chalamet

Bob Dylan has been depicted a few times onscreen, including by multiple actors in the film I’m Not There, but the upcoming film A Complete Unknown is set to be the first straight biopic following his life. Not a huge amount is known about the project, but Dune star Timothée Chalamet will be the one to play the Nobel Prize-winning singer and lyricist, and it’ll be directed by Ford vs Ferrari and Indiana Jones and The Dial of Destiny director James Mangold. The film will apparently focus mostly on the specific period in the 60s when Dylan changed his tune (literally) and started using electric guitars on his songs, instead of a more traditional folk style. Chalamet will be singing, as he will be in the upcoming Wonka, and he’ll be joined by The Great star Elle Fanning.

Shirley

Directed by John Ridley, writer of 12 Years a Slave, Shirley is set in the early 1970s and follows the presidential run for the White House of Shirley Chrisholm, the first Black woman to win election to US Congress and a trailblazer for civil rights. Shirley is played by Regina King (The Harder They Fall), and faces plenty of resistance, as well as long odds, with no Black candidate having ever sought the nomination of either the Democratic or Republican party. She energises a campaign to break boundaries and make a difference despite plenty of doubters, with a hope to transform a country still very much built against Black men and women. It also stars Lance Reddick in one of his final roles, alongside Lucas Hedges, Brian Stokes Mithcell and Terrence Howard.

Fred Astaire

Fred Astaire
Tom Holland

It’s been in development for a long time, but biopic about Fred Astaire, starring Tom Holland, is still on the horizon. The Spider-Man star, who is known for his love of dancing and early role on stage as Billy Elliot, is slated to play Astaire, one of the most popular and influential dancers in modern history, and star of plenty of musicals and films. The beloved star’s life and career will be explored, and it’s safe to say you’ll see plenty of dance numbers from Holland and Golden Age Hollywood glamour. When it will release is still unknown, but it is set to be directed by Paul King, director of the Paddington films and Wonka.


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