Musicals will be big business on screen

A chorus line of movie musicals is waiting in the wings for 2021, with In The Heights and West Side Story all destined for a cinema or streaming service near you.

Thanks to the success of Bohemian Rhapsody and Rocketman, the floodgates have opened on musical biopics, with up to a dozen completed or in production.

Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin in Respect – a role she was hand-picked for by The Queen Of Soul herself, more than a decade ago.

Baz Luhrman’s Elvis sees Austin Butler filling Presley’s blue suede shoes and Tom Hanks as Colonel Tom Parker, his combative manager.

The United States vs Billie Holliday, due out in March, explores how the blues singer was targeted by the FBI over political messages in her music. The film marks the big screen debut of singer Andra Day in the title role.

We can also expect to see David Bowie and Bob Dylan depicted on the silver screen, while Madonna is busy writing the story of her life for a film she will also direct.

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