From giant robots to aliens invading earth, Hollywood have certainly captured the vast imagination on the big screen. However, no matter how spectacular the movie is, it’s always the more human moments that allow us to connect to the characters.

No other characters can be more human than, actual humans right? So we have compiled a list of upcoming movies that are inspired by real life people and events. From romantic musicians to everyday warriors, here are 10 upcoming films that are based on real world events.

1. “I Still Believe”

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  • Release Date: 19th March 2020
  • Cast: KJ Apa, Britt Robertson, Shania Twain, Melissa Roxburgh, Nathan Parsons

“Based on Camp’s memoir of the same title, it focuses on Camp’s romance with his first wife, Melissa, whom he married in October 2000 despite knowing she was dying. The couple were informed after their honeymoon that Melissa’s cancer had spread. She died in February 2001, four-and-a-half months after they married. It dramatises Camp’s teenage years, his rise as a well-known singer, and meeting his second wife, Adrienne.”

2. “The Trial Of The Chicago 7”

  • Release Date: 25th September 2020
  • Cast: Sacha Baron Cohen, Eddie Redmayne, Yahya Abdul-Mateen II, Jeremy Strong, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Alex Sharp, Michael Keaton

“Based on the infamous 1969 trial of seven men charged by the federal government with conspiracy and inciting to riot at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago, Illinois.”

3. “Dream Horse” 

  • Release Date: 1st May 2020
  • Cast: Toni Collette, Damian Lewis, Joanna Page, Peter Davison

“The film tells the true story of Jan Vokes (Academy Award nominee Toni Colette), a Welsh cleaner and bartender, who decides to breed and rear a race horse. She persuades her neighbours and friends to contribute financially to the scheme. The group’s unlikely investment plan pays off as the horse rises through the ranks and puts them in a race for the national championship.”

4. “Just Mercy”

  • Release Date: January 2020
  • Cast: Michael B Jordan, Jamie Foxx, Brie Larson, Rob Morgan

“Based on the memoir of Bryan Stevenson, the movie follows the attorney during the early days of his career. Following his graduation from Harvard, he heads to Alabama to defend those wrongly condemned. One of his earliest cases is that of Walter McMillian. In 1987, the African-American pulpwood worker is sentenced to die for the murder of an 18-year-old girl. In the years that follow, Bryan continues fighting for Walter, and others like the man, even as Bryan faces overt racism and becomes entangled in various legal and political maneuverings.”

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5. “The Personal History Of David Copperfield”

  • Release Date: January 2020
  • Cast: Dave Patel, Hugh Laurie, Tilda Swinton, Ben Whishaw, Peter Capaldi

From birth to infancy, from adolescence to adulthood, the good-hearted David Copperfield is surrounded by kindness, wickedness, poverty and wealth, as he meets an array of remarkable characters in Victorian England. As David sets out to be a writer, in his quest for family, friendship, romance and status, the story of his life is the most seductive tale of all.”

6. “Burden”

  • Release Date: February 2020
  • Cast: Garrett Hedlund, Forest Whitaker, Andrea Riseborough, Tom Wilkinson, Tess Harper, Usher

When a museum celebrating the Ku Klux Klan opens in a small South Carolina town, the idealistic Reverend Kennedy (Forest Whitaker) resolves to do everything in his power to prevent long-simmering racial tensions from boiling over. But the members of Kennedy’s congregation are shocked to discover that his plan includes sheltering Mike Burden (Garrett Hedlund), a Klansman whose relationships with both a single-mother (Andrea Riseborough) and a high-school friend (Usher Raymond) force him to re-examine his long-held beliefs. After Kennedy helps Mike leave behind his violent past, the Baptist preacher finds himself on a collision course with manipulative KKK leader Tom Griffin (Tom Wilkinson). In the face of grave threats to himself and his family, the resolute Kennedy bravely pursues a path toward peace, setting aside his own misgivings in the hopes of healing his wounded community.”

7. “Fatherhood”

  • Release Date: 6th March 2020
  • Cast: Kevin Hart, DeWanda Wise, Lil Rel Howery, Alfre Woodard, Anthony Carrigan

“A father brings up his baby girl as a single dad after the unexpected death of his wife who died a day after their daughter’s birth. Based on true a story and memoir about Matt Logelin.” 

8. “Respect”

  • Release Date: 9th October 2020
  • Cast: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige, Saycon Sengbloh

“Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international super-stardom, “Respect” is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.”

9. “King Richard” 

  • Release Date: 26th November 2020
  • Cast: Will Smith, Aunjanue Ellis, Saniyya Sidney, Demi Singleton

“Despite having no tennis background, Richard Williams overcomes tremendous hardship, skepticism and his own troubled past to raise two of tennis’ greatest players, Serena and Venus Williams.”

10. “The Last Full Measure”

  • Release Date: January 2020
  • Cast: Sebastian Stan, Christopher Plummer, William Hurt

“The true story of Vietnam War hero William H. Pitsenbarger (Jeremy Irvine), a U.S. Air Force Pararescuemen (also known as a PJ) who personally saved over sixty men. During a rescue mission on April 11, 1966, he was offered the chance to escape on the last helicopter out of a combat zone heavily under fire, but he stayed behind to save and defend the lives of soldiers of the U.S. Army’s 1st Infantry Division, before making the ultimate sacrifice in one of the bloodiest battles of the war.”

Honourable mentions:

  • “Bombshell”
  • “The One and Only Ivan”
  • “Mank”
  • “The Eyes of Tammy Faye”
  • “Louis Wain”

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