James Brown biopic “Get On Up” with recent Hitfix interviewee Chadwick Boseman heads to theaters Friday. Tom Hiddleston and Ansel Elgort will play Hank Williams and Van Cliburn, respectively, soon. The N.W.A. flick has its cast. Andre 3000 already stepped up as Jimi Hendrix in “All Is By My Side,” out just recently.
Biopics have been a draw for awards voters too, like for “Ray” and “Walk the Line,” for their actors and the music.
So why wait? Might as well start planning ahead while our favorite artists are with us.
In the gallery below, I spitball some actors and the contemporary musicians they could play. Undoubtedly, Tilda Swinton could play quite a few, but which first? Who looks like Taylor Swift? Who could be a doppelganger for Alicia Keys or Drake? How does Miley Cyrus fit in? And why are Benedict Cumberbatch and Mark Ruffalo on this list?
Add your own suggestions in the comments. I'd be particularly keen to see Mark Strong take on Nine Inch Nails' Trent Reznor — “Come Back Stronger,” what do you think?