Category Archives: Biopic

Courtney Love Discusses Casting For Kurt Cobain Biopic

Courtney Love At 'Grey Seminar' At the 2014 Cannes Lions

 

I know EXACTLY who Courtney is talking about when she told The Philippine Daily Enquirer that she’s been ruminating over whom she would like to see play her late husband Kurt Cobain in the upcoming biopic about the Nirvana frontman.

“Love and her team are apparently considering demo reels submitted by actors who want to play Cobain in a film, with hopes of beginning production “within the next year”. “[It] was really tough because these boys are so pretty, so cute,” she told the Philippine Daily Inquirer. “I won’t name names because I don’t want to jinx it for anyone but these are 25-year-olds who are blond, gorgeous and the new Brad Pitts … Some are really good actors, not just pretty faces.” “

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I’ll just come right out with it: Charlie Hunnman. Why, you ask? Remember that Courtney has signed on to play a pre-school teacher on Sons of Anarchy next season? I’m pretty sure that has involved some sniffing around of Charlie on Courtney’s part. He might not be 25 years old, but surely he can play Kurt. Charlie does have the “young Brad Pitt” look about him, doesn’t he?

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I’ll admit it it if I’m wrong…but this all seems to add up nicely, don’t you think?

Whitney Houston Movie To Be Directed By Angela Bassett On Lifetime

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Whitney Houston

My goodness. Whitney Houston left us only two years ago and we’re already talking about some sort of a biopic? Seems a bit early to me, but as usual, I wasn’t consulted.

Whitney and Angela in Waiting to Exhale
Whitney and Angela in Waiting to Exhale

Angela Bassett, who starred in Waiting to Exhale with Whitney back in 1995, plans on directing a movie about the diva, who died tragically at the age of 48.

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 “Whitney Houston chronicles the headline-making relationship between the iconic singer, actress, producer and model, and singer, songwriter Bobby Brown — from the time they first met at the very height of their celebrity, to their courtship and tumultuous marriage.  Throughout it all, difficulties followed the superstar couple while they dealt with the overwhelming rewards and consequences of the fame and fortune created by Whitney’s meteoric rise that would soon overshadow them both.”

Added Bassett: “I have such regard for both Whitney’s and Bobby’s amazing talents and accomplishments; and I feel a responsibility in the telling of their story. Their humanity and bond fascinates us all.  I’m beyond excited to have this opportunity to go behind the camera and into their world.”

So the film will focus primarily on the Bobbaaaay & Whitney Years? Yikes. I’m sure in 10-20 years’ time, we’ll

Whitney Supporting Bobby in one of his many court appearances.
Whitney Supporting Bobby in one of his many court appearances.

see a proper biopic that gives us the full story…from Whitney’s early years to the sad night before the Grammy Awards in 2012. For now, we’ll have to settle with a sugar-coated Lifetime movie.

Do you think it’s too early for a Whitney biopic? And on Lifetime?

Tom Hardy To Play Elton John In Biopic

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Photo via: FinerDandy.com

Well, now.  Look what we have here!  It had been rumored for several months that Bane Tom Hardy might be stepping into some fancy shoes and glasses to portray Sir Elton John in an upcoming biopic, and it all seems to be actually happening!

Deadline was the first to announce the casting news, and posted the official press release:

“Tom Hardy will star as Elton John in Rocket Pictures’ Rocketman, and Focus Features has come aboard to give the film a major U.S. release, producers announced today.

The Hardy deal caps a lengthy search to cast the role of Elton in the film, which will be co-financed by AI Film.

Much like the man himself, Rocketman is a larger-than-life movie musical spectacle that tells the story of a child prodigy turned music legend.  Elton will re-record many of his iconic hits to parallel the emotional beats of the film that will have audiences on their feet, singing along to his much loved music.  The film is scheduled to shoot in fall 2014.

Incoming Focus CEO Peter Schlessel, brought Rocketman from FilmDistrict to Focus Features.

Rocketman is produced by Steve Hamilton Shaw and David Furnish of Rocket Pictures and Lawrence Bender on behalf of AI Film, the film production and financing company created out of the acquisition of Icon by Len Blavatnik’s Access Industries. Sir Elton John and Len Blavatnik are executive producing, along with AI Film CEO Aviv Giladi and Focus Features CEO Peter Schlessel.  UTA Independent Film Group arranged financing for the project and negotiated the project’s sale to FilmDistrict.  Good Universe is handling international sales.

“Tom is a stellar talent who will add extraordinary depth and nuance in bringing Elton’s story to life,” said Rocket Pictures CEO Steve Hamilton Shaw.  “We are excited to have such a gifted actor on board, and equally excited to be in the hands of Peter Schlessel and the entire Focus Features team.”

“Tom is quickly becoming known as one of the world’s most versatile actors, and like others at the top of their craft, he has proven his ability to transform himself completely into the character or subject found in the material,” said Schlessel.  “We are confident that Tom will embody the physicality and spirit of Sir Elton.  This, in conjunction with the creative team led by Michael and Rocket Pictures, will provide the foundation for something that will be a unique cinematic event.”

Rocketman will be directed by Michael Gracey (Fox’s upcoming The Greatest Showman on Earth starring Hugh Jackman, and Disney’s The Muppet Man). The original screenplay is written by Academy Award® nominee Lee Hall (War Horse, Billy Elliot).

British actor Hardy will next be seen in Steve Knight’s Locke and in the reboot of theMad Max franchise for Warner Bros. and George Miller.  Hardy recently wrappedChild 44 with director Daniel Espinosa and Animal Rescue for director Michael Roskam.  He most recently starred in The Dark Knight Rises and previously worked with director Chris Nolan on Inception.  His credits include Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,Bronson and Warrior.  He is represented by CAA, Lindy King at United Agents and attorney Jason Sloane.”

Wow. That was wordy, wasn’t it?

Frankly, I think Tom will rock this role. Oh. See what I did there?