The new Concussion movie, starring Will Smith and Alec Baldwin, released on Christmas Day and has fared modestly well at the box office. It chronicles the story of Dr. Bennet Omalu, the renowned neuropathologist who first uncovered the occurrence of concussions in pro football players.
The Concussion movie is notable for being the last Hollywood movie of 2015 that claims to be “based on a true story.” However, there are plenty more on the way. The following is a list of 10 anticipated upcoming biographical movies in 2016.
- 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi: This anticipated film is about an alternate take on the 2012 attacks on an American diplomatic compound in Benghazi, Libya by Islamic militants. The movie is directed by Michael Bay, which many fans are excited about, but don’t be surprised if the amount of explosions is historically inaccurate.
- Race: This biography movie features Stephen James as Jesse Owens, winner of four gold medals at the 1936 Olympics. Aside from his unmatched feat, Owens, as an African-American, is remembered as the athlete who destroyed Hitler’s idea that Aryans would dominate the event (which took place in Berlin).
- The Finest Hours: This being on the list upcoming biographical movies in 2016 is sort of cheating, as the movie is actually a Hollywood adaptation of a book, which in turn is based on a real event. Starring Chris Pine and Casey Affleck, this film is an alternate version of the SS Pendleton rescue attempt by the U.S. Coast Guard.
- I Saw the Light: Tom Hiddleston and Elizabeth Olsen star as Hank and Audrey Williams in this new biography movie. The country music star’s life and career are remembered as being incredibly influential despite Williams’ death at the young age of 29.
- Snowden: One of the more recent true stories on this list of upcoming biographical movies in 2016, Joseph Gordon-Levitt plays whistleblower Edward Snowden, who exposed a number of American surveillance programs. Directed by the legendary Oliver Stone, the movie will be largely based on the book The Snowden Files.
- Eddie the Eagle: Taron Egerton plays Eddit “The Eagle” Edwards, the first person to represent Great Britain in ski jumping at the Olympics, who was popular for, oddly enough, performing terribly. The film also features Hollywood icons Hugh Jackman and Christopher Walken.
- Whiskey Tango Foxtrot: Comedy fans should be excited for this upcoming biography movie based on the memoirs of Afghanistan and Pakistan war correspondent Kim Barker. The all-star cast list includes Tina Fey, Martin Freeman, Billy Bob Thorton, and Alfred Molina.
- The Free State of Jones: Taking place during the Civil War, this movie recounts the exciting true story of anti-slavery Confederate deserters. Matthew McConaughey plays Newton Knight, leader of the group and founder of Jones County’s first multiracial community.
- Sully: Hollywood bigwig Clint Eastwood directs the story of Chesley Sullenberger, an airplane pilot who successfully performed a water landing after both engines failed, saving everyone onboard. The film features Tom Hanks as the titular character and Aaron Eckhart as Sullenberger’s First Officer and co-pilot.
- The Founder: Ray Kroc’s story may not sound exciting for a biography movie, but it’s important to those who enjoy fast food and really quite interesting when you hear it out; the man is the one who made McDonald’s the international success it is today. The Hollywood version of his story will star Michael Keaton and is scheduled to be released in late November.