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A look at 5 upcoming Hollywood biopics to look forward to

From the story of high-wire artist Phillippe Petit and the famous political activist Emmeline Pankhurst to academy award nominated actor and cultural icon James Dean , we tell you about the biopics that will hit the big screen in 2015.

hollywood Updated: Jan 29, 2015 18:07 IST
Aayush Sharma
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In recent years, Hollywood has ­produced several ­biopics on famous ­people. This year is no different, as it will see five such films. From the story of high-wire artist Phillippe Petit and the famous ­political activist Emmeline Pankhurst to academy award ­nominated actor and ­cultural icon James Dean and famous country ­singer Hank Williams, we tell you about the biopics that will hit the big screen in 2015.

1 Life
Based on: James Dean
Actor: Dane DeHaan
Tentative release date: September 25, 2015
Actor Dane DeHaan has been roped in to play the role of late Hollywood great James Dean in this film. The story is based on the friendship that photographer Dennis Stock struck with Dean while on an assignment to shoot the star in the 1950s. The movie is directed by Anton Corbjin.

2 The Walk
Based on: Philippe Petit
Actor: Joseph Gordon Levitt
Tentative release date: October 2, 2015
American actor Joseph Gordon Levitt will be seen playing the role of French high-wire artist Philippe Petit in this upcoming film. The story focuses on Petit’s illegal wire walk between the twin towers of the World Trade Center in 1974 with the help of some recruits. It has been directed by filmmaker Robert Zemeckis.

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From left: Tom Hiddleston will be seen as American country singer Hank Williams in I Saw The Light, Meryl Streep will be playing British political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette, Chris Hemsworth will be seen in the role of first mate Owen Chase in In The Heart Of The Sea

3 Suffragette
Based on: Emmeline Pankhurst
Actor: Meryl Streep
Tentative release date: September 11, 2015
Veteran actor Meryl Streep will be playing the role of British political activist Emmeline Pankhurst in this film that focuses on the British women’s suffrage movement of the late 19th ­century and early 20th century. The flick is being helmed by filmmaker Sarah Gavron.

4 In The Heart Of The Sea
Based on: Sinking of the whale ship Essex
Played by: Chris Hemsworth
Tentative release date: December 11, 2015
Actor Chris Hemsworth will be seen in the role of first mate Owen Chase in this film. The movie is based on Nathaniel Philbrick’s book by the same name. The story, set in 1820, focuses on the sinking of whale ship Essex by a sperm whale, which results in its crew being stranded for 90 days. It has been directed by filmmaker Ron Howard.

5 I Saw The Light
Based on: Hank Williams
Actor: Tom Hiddleston
Tentative release date: November 2015
Actor Tom Hiddleston, of The Avengers fame, will be seen portraying the role of American country singer Hank Williams in the upcoming movie, I Saw The Light. The movie will see the life of the singer, who after his ­meteoric rise to fame in the 1940s and 50s, ­struggled with alcohol and drug abuse in the later part of his brief career. Filmmaker Marc Abraham is directing it.