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    wolfali
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    Ok these are going to be very unpopular ones

    ABBA Biopic

    Director: Taika Watiti
    Starring:
    – Claire Foy as Agnetha Faltskog
    – Rebecca Ferguson as Anni Frid-Lyngstad
    – Sam Rockwell as Bjorn Ulvaeus
    – Sverrir Gudnason as Benny Andersson

    I feel like this film would have really some of the ideal components of a screenplay. It could effectively switch between relief and conflict without boring the viewer and in Taika’s hands it could switch between comedy and drama quite well as well (which I think would be ideal because a biopic about Abba should not be just about the behind the scenes drama because that would be too soapy).

    David Bowie Biopic

    Director : Edgar Wright
    Screenwriter: Laurie Nunn, Edgar Wright and Neil Gaiman
    Starring:

    – Freddie Fox as Davy Jones
    – Daisy Edgar-Jones as Ziggy Stardust
    – Shaun Evans as Major Tom
    – Jack Lowden as Aladdin Sane
    – Jessie Buckley as The Thin White Duke
    – Rosamund Pike as Halloween Jack
    – James McAvoy as the Elephant Man
    – Gary Oldman as post Elephant Man Bowie
    – Amanda Seyfried as Angela Bowie
    – Michaela Coel as Iman
    – David Tennant as John Lennon

    I absolutely hate the idea of this “Stardust” biopic with Johnny Flynn and I actually think the Bob Dylan biopic format works REALLY WELL here and I think those who I think she should be cast would work REALLY well in those roles. I also think Nunn, Wright and Gaiman could really capture the varying personas of Bowie quite well.

    Oscars FYC:
    "Shiva Baby" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "Together" – in all categories especially Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "CODA" – in all categories especially Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur)
    "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" – Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant), Supporting Actress (Sarah Lancashire)
    "I'm Your Man" – International Feature
    "Summer of Soul" – Documentary Feature

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    Lucy Liu as Yoko Ono

    Lucy Liu is Chinese. Yoko Ono is Japanese. Casting Liu as Ono would perpetuate the idea that ‘all East Asian people look the same’ and are interchangeable.

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    Lucy Liu is Chinese. Yoko Ono is Japanese. Casting Liu as Ono would perpetuate the idea that ‘all East Asian people look the same’ and are interchangeable.

    My bad I thought Liu was Chinese-Japanese.

    I’ll edit it now because I totally think the idea that “all East Asian people look the same” is an appalling one and it largely the reason why I hate Crazy Rich Asians (*coughs* Henry Golding’s casting *coughs*).

    Oscars FYC:
    "Shiva Baby" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "Together" – in all categories especially Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "CODA" – in all categories especially Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur)
    "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" – Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant), Supporting Actress (Sarah Lancashire)
    "I'm Your Man" – International Feature
    "Summer of Soul" – Documentary Feature

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    My bad I thought Liu was Chinese-Japanese. I’ll edit it now because I totally think the idea that “all East Asian people look the same” is an appalling one and it largely the reason why I hate Crazy Rich Asians (*coughs* Henry Golding’s casting *coughs*).

    Is this because he’s half white? Because I found the fact that he’s half Malay when in the books his character is defined by his Han Chinese ethnicity (and the privilege and position that comes with it, and his family’s racism) more egregious. But the fact that the movie doesn’t touch upon that, and he is supposed to be a Singapore native, makes it more digestible and not all that bad. Like, to me, that’s the equivalent of biracial British people playing Black Americans.

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    It’s the Malay part largely.

    Oscars FYC:
    "Shiva Baby" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "Together" – in all categories especially Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "CODA" – in all categories especially Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur)
    "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" – Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant), Supporting Actress (Sarah Lancashire)
    "I'm Your Man" – International Feature
    "Summer of Soul" – Documentary Feature

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    It’s the Malay part largely.

    Well that’s fair. I see a lot of people complaining about how they “couldn’t be bothered to cast a fUlL Asian lead and chose a hApA because they think people wouldn’t watch an Asian leading man in a romance”

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    I’d love to see biopics about…

    Carole King
    Directed by Greta Gerwig
    Sony Pictures announced back in 2015 that they were going to be producing a film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Whether or not it’s still on the table, I’d love to see what Greta Gerwig would do with it.

    The Scottsboro Boys
    Directed by Barry Jenkins
    While the story of the Scottsboro Boys has already been told as a TV movie in 1976 and a feature film in 2006, but both of those are (at least nowadays) under a lot of people’s radar. I’d love to see a biographical film about this story get the attention it deserves.

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    Marvin Gaye

    Shirley Chisholm (Uzo Aduba absolutely killed it on Mrs America)

    John Coltrane

    Dionne Warwick

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    Came across this TikTok about how more films should be made about American stupidity

    The one that stood out for me was the Navy hiring PI’s to find & arrest a mysterious woman named “Dorothy”, whom they believed was was secretly enlisting gay men into the armed forces because they higher ups always heard them refered to as “Friends of Dorothy”.

    Not exactly a traditional biopic as in “about a person” but more so about an event. Make this picture in the vein of the JoJo Rabbit with Judy Garland and/or Dorothy Parker in the Hitler roles and the Navy as JoJo would be absolutely fantastic.

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    Carole King Directed by Greta Gerwig Sony Pictures announced back in 2015 that they were going to be producing a film adaptation of the Tony-winning Broadway hit, Beautiful: The Carole King Musical. Whether or not it’s still on the table, I’d love to see what Greta Gerwig would do with it.

    They should cast Melissa Benoist. Outside of the Arrowverse universe she picks really great parts for herself in prestige stuff and when I visited family in New York I saw her performance in Beautiful and she was great.

    Oscars FYC:
    "Shiva Baby" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "Together" – in all categories especially Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "CODA" – in all categories especially Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur)
    "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" – Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant), Supporting Actress (Sarah Lancashire)
    "I'm Your Man" – International Feature
    "Summer of Soul" – Documentary Feature

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    My bad I thought Liu was Chinese-Japanese. I’ll edit it now because I totally think the idea that “all East Asian people look the same” is an appalling one and it largely the reason why I hate Crazy Rich Asians (*coughs* Henry Golding’s casting *coughs*).

    Don’t worry – but yeah both Liu’s parents are Chinese.

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    I’d love to see a major biopic or a miniseries/series about the socialist left of the UK Labour Party, especially given their prominence in the last 5 years in mainstream UK politics. We’ve had the centrist stories about Tony Blair, there has been the HBO TV movie Brexit, but not much about the Left. In that case, it could likely be: A biopic of Tony Benn, the socialist firebrand who was a reluctant hereditary peer, and the mentor to Jeremy Corbyn

    • Young adult/early 30’s Tony Benn (when he was in the RAF dealing with his older brother’s death, and starting his political career) – could be played by Nicholas Hoult, Cillian Murphy, William Moseley, or Josh O’Connor
    • Middle-aged Benn (from renouncing his hereditary title as Viscount Stansgate, becoming Harold Wilson’s frenemy in the Cabinet, the Wilderness Years during the Thatcher era) – Jason Watkins (though he played Wilson in The Crown), Mark Dexter (he played Benn in The Crown, but he was perfect as David Cameron in the Coalition TV movie), Ben Daniels (he’s already playing a Tony and a hereditary peer in The Crown, well, Lord (Tony) Snowdon), Jared Harris (his current look though reminds me of Jeremy Corbyn), Sean Bean (he’s not gonna die here), Rupert Everett (who is very posh in real life but I’d like him to do this kind of role), Matthew Macfadyen, or Colin Firth
    • Elder, pensioner Benn (and saying that he retired as an MP to “spend more time in politics” aka the Stop the War Coalition, and later on dealing with his sons whose political beliefs differ from him) – Brian Cox (he supports the Labour Party in real life, doesn’t he?), Jonathan Pryce, Bill Nighy, James Cromwell, Charles Dance

    Other principal characters: Caroline DeCamp Benn (his American wife who also subscribes to socialist politics, though her background was that she was sort of a “dollar princess” aka those young affluent American socialites who marry to European aristocracy), Stephen Benn (the eldest son, and who reclaimed his father’s title after his death), Hilary Benn (the second son who is currently an MP and had a brief rift with Corbyn), Melissa Benn (the only daughter), Joshua Benn (youngest son), Labour figures like Harold Wilson, Roy Jenkins, Barbara Crossland, Jim Callaghan, Ken Livingstone, Diane Abbott, Jeremy Corbyn, John McDonnell, Michael Foot, Denis Healey, Neil Kinnock, John Smith Or why not a fly-on-the-wall type of movie or miniseries about Benn’s mentees, Jeremy Corbyn and John McDonell, on the point of view of their communications head/spin doctor, Seumas Milne, the Labour left’s equivalent of Alastair Campbell. Peter Capaldi as Seumas Milne, perhaps? But he’s played Malcolm Tucker and that’s partly based on Campbell. Or Stephen Graham? Jared Harris as Corbyn though. I’d love it to be directed or spearheaded by the likes of Mike Leigh or Ken Loach. Not sure if Peter Morgan or Anthony McCarten would do a fairer and maybe more left-leaning approach (though I think that Peter’s angle of season 4 of The Crown would be more pro-Diana).

    I think this sounds like an excellent idea! I’m assuming you’re from the UK too?

    Jared Harris works as Corbyn but I’d also give a shout out to Jonny Lee Miller. It would be a great transformative performance imo.

    I’d recommend these castings lol:

    Gordon Brown – Stephen Graham
    Diane Abbott – Aunajanue Ellis
    Neil Kinnock – Peter Capaldi

    I believe Brian Cox is a supporter of the SNP. He campaigned HEAVILY for Scottish independence during the independence referendum.

    Oscars FYC:
    "Shiva Baby" – in all categories especially Picture, Adapted Screenplay, Score
    "Together" – in all categories especially Actress (Sharon Horgan), Actor (James McAvoy), Original Screenplay
    "CODA" – in all categories especially Supporting Actor (Troy Kotsur)
    "Everybody's Talking About Jamie" – Supporting Actor (Richard E. Grant), Supporting Actress (Sarah Lancashire)
    "I'm Your Man" – International Feature
    "Summer of Soul" – Documentary Feature

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    The Woman Who Fell
    Vesna Vulović biopic

    “She was a Serbian flight attendant who holds the Guinness world record for surviving the highest fall without a parachute: 10,160 m (33,330 ft; 6.31 mi). She was the sole survivor after a briefcase bomb exploded in the baggage compartment of JAT Flight 367 on 26 January 1972, causing it to crash near Srbská Kamenice, Czechoslovakia. Following the crash, Vulović spent days in a coma, having fractured her skull and then hemorrhaged. She also suffered two broken legs and three broken vertebrae, one of which was crushed completely.[3] Her pelvis was fractured and several ribs broken.[11] Her injuries resulted in her being temporarily paralyzed below the waist. She had total amnesia from the hour preceding her fall until one month afterwards. Vulović’s parents told her that she first learned of the crash about two weeks after it occurred. She fainted upon being shown a newspaper headline by her doctor and had to be tranquilized.[3] The last thing that Vulović could remember from before the crash was greeting passengers as they boarded.[4] The next thing she remembered was seeing her parents in her hospital room about one month later.”
    -Quoted from Wikipedia

    Director: Kathryn Bigelow
    Casted as Vesna: Marion Cotillard

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