It seems that 2015 may be the year of the biopic in Hollywood, with several currently in the works with scheduled productions for 2015.
Astronaut Neil Armstrong, The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and country singer Hank Williams are all set to get the biopic treatment.
First Man from Universal is set to tell the story of Neil Armstrong, the first man on the moon. The project has been in talks for several years, and at one point was in pre-production at Warner Bros. with Clint Eastwood set to direct. Currently, Damien Chazelle is in talks to direct, and Josh Singer, who recently penned The Fifth Estate telling the story of Julian Assange and Wikileaks, is in talks to write the screenplay. No actors have been in talks to play Armstrong as of yet.
Road to Oz from New Line Cinema, which tells the story of the early life of The Wizard of Oz author L. Frank Baum, already has a completed script from Josh Golden. There is no director or actor attached to the project at this time. Beau Flynn is set to produce through New Line Cinema, whose parent company, Warner Bros., own the rights to the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz, staring Judy Garland.
The Snowden Files, the next project from Oliver Stone, appears to have found its Edward Snowden in Joseph Gordon-Levitt. Although it is rumoured that Stone has offered the part and Gordon-Levitt has agreed to take the role, nothing has been confirmed yet. Stone is set to write and direct the film, whilst Gordon-Levitt has recently finished filming another biopic with director Robert Zemeckis about high-wire artist Philippe Petit, titled The Walk.
I Saw The Light, the upcoming biopic on the short life of country music star Hank Williams, has found its leading man in Tom Hiddleston. Marc Abraham will write and direct the film, based on a biography of Williams written by Colin Escott. The biopic is set to begin filming in Louisiana in October 2014, with Hiddleston doing his own singing for the film as producers have gained the rights to Williams’ catalogue of songs.
Tom Hiddleston recently performed the Hank Williams song Move It On Over at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan, perhaps in preparation for his upcoming role.
With Tom Hiddleston set to play Hank Williams and Joseph Gordon-Levitt rumoured to play Edward Snowden, this leaves us wondering who will be cast as Neil Armstrong and L. Frank Baum. Who would you like to see in these roles?
Update 11/11/14: It has been confirmed that Joseph Gordon-Levitt will play Edward Snowden in The Snowden Files.
Update 30/08/15: It has been confirmed that Eddie Redmayne will play L. Frank Baum in Road to Oz.
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