Here’s the latest on upcoming movies about famous and historical figures:
Leonardo DiCaprio and Martin Scorsese re-team for Roosevelt
Baby-faced actor Leonardo DiCaprio is currently the same age as Theodore Roosevelt when he became President of the United States following the McKinley assassination. Now the Oscar-winning actor is set to finally play the early 20th century leader in a movie helmed by Martin Scorsese, according to Deadline. DiCaprio has played famous people for the director before, most notably portraying Howard Hughes in The Aviator. More recently, he embodied another U.S. political figure as the lead in Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar.
He also has tried to get a Teddy Roosevelt biopic going before, as he’s reportedly very interested in showing the adventuring politician’s work in wildlife conservation and focus on national parks. Reuniting with Scorsese should give the project speed given their success as collaborators in the past. They’ve already made five movies together and have been developing a couple others for the future. Roosevelt, a hunter after whom teddy bears are named, would probably be okay with DiCaprio playing him after the actor’s bear-brawling performance in The Revenant.
Julie Dash revisits the life of Rosa Parks
Filmmaker Julie Dash, who previously helmed the 2002 TV movie The Rosa Parks Story, will direct another feature about the iconic U.S. Civil Rights hero (pictured above with Thurgood Marshall in 1956). This time we’ll see the early days of Rosa Parks as an activist in Alabama, years before her famous protest of segregation on city buses. Based on the book At the Dark End of the Street, the movie focuses on a 1944 rape case involving an African-American woman and six white men. Dash says of the return to the subject, via Deadline:
“I jumped at the opportunity to dive head first back into the Rosa Parks story. Doing the CBS movie, I realized that there was so much more to her life, legacy and her activism that we didn’t have time in one [movie]. It was fascinating and just as dramatic as the Montgomery bus boycott, which is what she’s known for, but there is so much more…This is a great opportunity to revisit Jo Anne Robinson, Claudette Colvin, Recy Taylor, all the people who never really make it into The Rosa Parks Story.”
Dash is looking to start production in early 2018.
Bohemian Rhapsody adds two actors in managerial roles
The remaining members of Queen are so involved in the upcoming Freddy Mercury biopic, Bohemian Rhapsody, that they’re announcing exclusive casting news themselves. According to the rock band’s website and Twitter account, Game of Thrones star Aidan Gillen and Pirates of the Caribbean actor Tom Hollander have both joined the cast of the movie as Queen’s managers. Gillen will portray John Reid, who worked with them in the mid-1970s, while Hollander will be Jim Beach, who was first Queen’s lawyer then their manager from 1978 on.
Bohemian Rhapsody also recently cast Aaron McCusker as Mercury’s lover Jim Hutton, who was with the singer in the last year’s of his life. Rami Malek stars in the biopic as the Queen frontman, who died of AIDS in 1991, with his bandmates being played by Ben Hardy, Gwilym Lee and Joseph Mazzello. Bryan Singer is directing the movie, which also co-stars Mike Myers, Lucy Boynton and Allen Leech. It’s due in theaters on Christmas 2018.
Marshall TV Spots
As for biopics you can actually see very soon, Marshall debuted three new TV spots this week, all of which you can watch below. Marshall stars biopic regular Chadwick Boseman as Thurgood Marshall (pictured earlier with Rosa Parks), the first African-American Supreme Court Justice. Directed by Reginald Hudlin (House Party), the movie also stars Sterling K. Brown, Josh Gad, Dan Stevens and Kate Hudson and arrives in theaters on October 13.