We were sad to see 2015 go, but more than happy to welcome 2016’s many new movies. Tons of the upcoming films are based on books, and we already have a list of titles that we can’t wait to see. 2015 had its fair share of movies based on true stories, and now we’re looking ahead to the upcoming movies that were inspired by real events. Take a look, and keep this list in mind when you head to the theater this year!
Top 8 True Stories Becoming Movies in 2016
1. The Forest
OK, calling Natalie Dormer’s upcoming horror flick a “true story” is a bit of a stretch, but it is set in a very real, very spooky setting: the Aokigahara forest. It’s a forest in Japan that is notorious for the numerous suicides that have been committed there. Because of the vast amount of deaths that occur there, police have mounted signs on trees that say things like: “Your life is a precious gift from your parents,” and “Please consult the police before you decide to die!” It’s no wonder The Forest is on our list of 2016’s must-see horror movies!
Release date: Jan. 8
2. The Finest Hours
This sea story dates back to 1952, when Cape Cod’s Coast Guard made a dangerous attempt to rescue the crews of two oil tankers caught in a horrendous storm. Chris Pine is starring as Bernie Webber, the real-life man whose crew headed up the rescue efforts. Eric Bana, Ben Foster, and Casey Affleck are all costarring.
Release date: Jan. 29
3. Whisky Tango Foxtrot
Tina Fey is taking on the starring role in this political comedy based on Kim Barker’s bestseller, The Taliban Shuffle: Strange Days in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Fey will be playing Barker, who started reporting from Afghanistan and Pakistan in the early 2000s. In addition to its leading lady, the movie features Billy Bob Thornton, Margot Robbie, and Martin Freeman.
Release date: March 4
4. I Saw the Light
Tom Hiddleston as legendary singer Hank Williams is this biopic. Elizabeth Olsen is playing his wife, alongside Bradley Whitford and David Krumholtz as other prominent figures in Williams’s life. We can already vouch for Hiddleston’s terrific performance!
Release date: March 25
The nation was captivated when Captain Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger successfully landed a damaged plan in the Hudson River in 2009, and we’ll probably be similarly hypnotized by Tom Hank’s portrayal of the American hero in Sully. Clint Eastwood is directing the film, which also stars Laura Linney, Aaron Eckhart, and Anna Gunn.
Release date: Sept. 9
This movie sounds so bizarre, and is so jam-packed with comedians, that you might have a hard time believing that it’s true — but it is! Zach Galifianakis is playing David Ghantt, a vault supervisor who pulled off the second-largest bank robbery in history (at the time) in 1997. He and several cohorts were eventually caught be the FBI after they spent exorbitant amounts of cash. Kristen Wiig, Owen Wilson, Jason Sudeikis, and Kate McKinnon are costarring.
Release date: Sept. 30
7. Queen of Katwe
Been feeling a serious lack of Lupita Nyong’o lately? We can relate. She’s starring alongside David Oyelowo and Madina Nalwanga in the story of a young girl from Uganda training to become a world chess champion in Queen of Katwe. Nyong’o is playing the girl’s mother, named Harriet Mutesi. Not only is the film based on a true story, it’s also a book!
Release Date: TBA
8. Eddie the Eagle
Nothing like an inspiring Olympics story to warm your heart during the Winter! Taron Edgerton (Kingsman: The Secret Service) plays Eddie Edwards, the British skier who rose to stardom after his participation in the 1988 Calgary olympics. Hugh Jackman is playing is trainer and friend Bronson Peary, a character who was fabricated for the film.
Release date: Feb. 26
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