True story movies on the way that we’re super excited about

Just knowing that there’s a real-life tale behind a movie makes it all the more gripping, right? Here are 5 upcoming films to put on your must-watch list.

Adrift – In cinemas June 28
This terrifying movie about a newly engaged couple who sail a boat from Tahiti to San Diego  - only to encounter a category 5 hurricane on the way – is based on real events Tami Oldham-Ashcraft wrote about in her book, Red Sky In Mourning: A True Story Of Love, Loss, and Survival At Sea. Shailene Woodley and Sam Claflin star in the adaptation – and even though some events may have been changed for the cinematic version, it’s still pretty harrowing viewing!

Boy Erased – In cinemas September 2018
This highly anticipated LGBTIQ+ drama is already generating a fair bit of Oscar buzz. It’s based on writer Gerrard Conley’s 2016 memoir, and tells the story of Jared (Lucas Hedges), the son of a Baptist pastor in a small American town. Outed at 19 to his parents (Russell Crowe, Nicole Kidman), Jared is faced with two choices: estrangement, or ‘gay conversion’ therapy. Our own Joel Edgerton directs and also stars as Victor Sykes, the head of Love In Action (LIA), the therapy Jared undergoes. Holy moly, it sounds intense…

Boy Erased

Source: Focus Features

Bohemian Rhapsody – In cinemas November 1
Now here’s something that’s set to rock you… big time! It’s been nearly thirty years since the untimely death of Queen frontman Freddie Mercury, and this biopic of his life, played by Mr Robot star Rami Malek, follows the life of the much-loved singer / songwriter and the formation of his famous band. Can’t wait for this – we’ll be belting out those Queen tunes the whole way through!

 

Mary Queen of Scots – In cinemas January 2019
Love a film with corsets galore and bad hair? Check out the A-list cast in this true story adaptation, which includes Saoirse Ronan, Margot Robbie, Guy Pierce, Joe Alwin and David Tennant. It’s a historical drama based on the life of Mary Stuart (Ronan) and her attempt to overthrow her cousin, Elizabeth I, Queen of England (Robbie). It’s based on the book, My Heart Is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots and Guilherme Scots' by John Guy. 

 

Welcome to Marwen – In cinemas January 2019
Steve Carrell helms this quirky offering based on the award-winning 2010 documentary Marwencol. Carrell plays real-life Mark Hodancamp, a man who was beaten so badly by a gang of five men, he ended up in a coma and was left with brain damage and PTSD. During his recovery, he delves into art therapy – with a twist: the WWII-era miniatures are mashed up with characters in his town of Marwen, to rather whimsical effect! This Robert Zemekis film also stars Leslie Mann and Diane Kruger, and frankly, looks amazing. 


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