Malek, the LA-born 37-year-old “Mr. Robot” star, plays the challenging role of the late, great Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the music-focused biopic 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. The long-awaited film follows Mercury’s rise to global superstardom.
Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning
Canadian Floria Sigismondi directed Stewart as Joan Jett and Fanning as Cherie Curie in the biopic of 1970s L.A. band the Runaways. More than a rock 'n' roll tale, it's also a coming-of-age story with Curie and Jett's relationship at the heart of the film.
Before he became a global phenomenon after the smash hit movie 'Black Panther', Boseman earned praise for his portrayal of James Brown in the 2014 movie 'Get On Up', which also starred Nelsan Ellis, Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, and Octavia Spencer. James Brown fan/Rolling Stones frontman Mick Jagger co-produced the movie.
His uncanny performance as Liberace in 'Behind the Candelabra' made it HBO's most-watched original made-for-TV movie since 2004. The film is based on the memoir of Liberace's decades-younger lover Scott Thorson (played by Matt Damon).
Angela Bassett and Laurence Fishburne
Bassett and Fishburne both received Oscar nominations for their roles as Tina Turner and her abusive husband Ike in 1993's “What’s Love Got To Do With It.” Bassett won the Golden Globe for her portrayal.
Foxx absolutely committed to the title role of 'Ray', the biopic of blind gospel singer Ray Charles, who lost his sight at age seven shortly after watching his brother drown. Foxx won an Oscar for his performance.
Reese Witherspoon & Joaquin Phoenix
Witherspoon won an Oscar for her portrayal of June Carter Cash alongside Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash in the 2005 hit, 'Walk The Line'.
When a pop star is also an actress, she can also play a pop star! Such was the case for J-Lo who got a big break (even bigger than being a Fly Girl on "In Living Color"!) when she starred as Selena Quintanilla in the '97 biopic 'Selena'.
The Actors of 'I'm Not There'
In this acclaimed Bob Dylan biopic, director Todd Haynes explored Dylan's identities using six actors to embody different periods of Dylan's life: Christian Bale, Cate Blanchett (pictured), Marcus Carl Franklin, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger, and Ben Whishaw.
In 1991's 'The Doors', Oliver Stone directed Kilmer as Doors frontman Jim Morrison in a story that delved into the band's formation, their rise at nightclub shows at L.A.'s famous Whisky a Go Go, and their ascent to superstardom.