Here are ten people who I hope to see a movie made about them, and who I would suggest plays them in that movie:
10. Rasputin — Liam Neeson. There are a few movies made with a portrayal of this “mad monk,” but I would love to see a high quality biopic made on him. His story, and the story of the Romanovs, is spellbinding to say the very least. Neeson has not only superior acting chops, but also the ability to portray the enigmatic mystery of Rasputin.
9. Shirley Temple — Millie Bobby Brown. As for finding a child to play Temple in her early years, I have no idea who is out there for child actors and who would be the best one. But we need to know her story after her childhood. Most of us don’t know much about her life after her movies. I’m sure there is a good biography written on her life somewhere, and I hope it gets adapted to the big screen.Haven’t heard of Millie Bobby Brown? Well, if you’ve watched the Netflix series Stranger Things, she plays El, or Eleven. She’s still quite young, but an outstanding actress who has more potential than just about anyone else I can think of to do this.
8. Louis Riel — Adam Driver. To me he was a hero and to see him as a traitor is short-sighted. In today’s world of finally coming to terms with our history in Canada between the Europeans and the Indigenous People, this movie could not only educate us, but bring us together as well. Perhaps it’s a role an Indigenous person or a Canadian should play, but I love the thought of Adam Driver playing Riel!
7. Martin Luther King, Jr. — Daniel Kaluuya. Yes, we already have Selma (2014), but I believe MLK deserves another biopic that focuses more on him as a man. Kaluuya doesn’t look identical to King, but I believe he’s got the heart and soul to pull off a great portrayal of this social justice hero.
6. Eminem and Dr. Dre — Timothée Chalamet and Chiwetel Ejiofor. I would LOVE to see a movie made about these two and their relationship. Both actors have some resemblance of the two musicians and have proven themselves as superior actors. Someone out there please make this movie happen!
5. Viola Desmond — Zazie Beetz. Here in Canada we know her story (though likely not as well as we should), but imagine if the world had the chance to be inspired by her. Zazie Beetz (Joker, 2019; Deadpool 2, 2018) is one of the most exciting actors in Hollywood right now. She could totally bring the emotion and class to the role, and seeing as her act of social justice heroism was done in a movie theater, this movie just has to be made!
4. The Dalai Lama (Tenzin Gyatso) — Yun-Fat Chow. Again, this man’s story needs to be told more to Westerners who seem to be more in tune with the Catholic Pope than Tibetan Buddhism. I almost chose Donnie Yen (the Ip Man actor), but I like the idea of Chow more. Besides, here in North America we don’t see enough of him. Such a great actor.
3. Roddy Piper — Christian Bale. Trust me on this… his story would hold your attention and you’d be glad you experienced it. Christian Bale is so good at becoming the person he is portraying and he would be the perfect matchup for HotRod.
2. Judas Maccabeus — Rami Malek. Again, trust me on this one. If you’re not Jewish and don’t know the story of “The Hammerer,” it’s awesome. Rami Malek is one of the best actors going today and his Middle Eastern ethnicity would bring more realism to the role, as opposed to all the white actors we’ve had in movies set in biblical times.
1. Terry Fox — Lucas Hedges. There was a pretty good TV movie on his life not too long after his death, but we are in desperate need of a high quality biopic on Terry Fox, one that is on par with American Sniper (2014) or Straight Outta Compton (2015). Honestly, I think American movie goers would eat this story up. And I think putting Hedges in the role is probably the best pick of all ten of these I’ve shared. He may not be Canadian, but if anyone can capture the essence of Terry Fox, I believe it’s Lucas Hedges.
And I don’t have to tell you that this week’s biopic choices were all great movies. Knowing how many high quality biopics come out each year gives me hope that we will see any of the above become a reality.
Congratulations A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood. This is your week.
And the Oscar goes to…
Best Actress: Renée Zellweger as Judy Garland in Judy.
Best Actor: Taron Egerton as Elton John in Rocketman.
Best Quote: “Anything mentionable is manageable.” — Tom Hanks as Fred Rogers in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood.
And if you’re wondering, yes I’ve heard of the Hulk Hogan biopic that’s being made with Chris Hemsworth playing the Hulkster. And yes, I can’t wait!