In 1975, at the age of 23, John Goodman touched the American land of opportunities. He had left behind a poverty-laden life without money, an agent and contacts. He lost his father when John Goodman was two years old. His mother was working hard as a waitress at a Bar restaurant to feed her kid. Once settled in the sprawling New York, Goodman worked as a bar employee until he managed to connect with a commercial agency.
The contact earned him some paid work in commercials and there were a few off-Broadway appearances too. Slowly, he picked up small character roles in films in the 80s. And then, the Coen brothers found him tailor-made for their ‘Raising Arizona’ character in 1987. The partnership not only kick-started a prolific acting career but also a long-term and productive directors-actor collaboration. But it was Dan Conner, the iconic dad in the prime-time sitcom Roseanne, made Goodman a household name. Roseanne became the biggest hit in American Television history in the 1980s and 90s.
Today, with movies like ‘The Big Lebowski,’ ‘O Brother,’ ‘Where Art Thou?,’ and ‘Argo,’ Goodman has the reputation as Hollywood’s best character actor. He is one of the most recognizable faces both the big and small screens alike. With more than 100 movies listed in his filmography John Goodman belongs to that rare Hollywood species, ‘living legends.’ At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next John Goodman movie? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming films of John Goodman scheduled to release in 2019, 2020. We can only hope that the latest new John Goodman movies would be as good as some of his recent ones.
1. The Conners (TV Series 2018 – )
‘The Conners’ is ‘Roseanne’ sans Roseanne. ABC’s new series, ‘The Conners’ originated in the backdrop of the dramatic events that led to the ouster of Roseanne Barr who played the titular Roseanne Conner in the predecessor. ABC fired Barr after she posted a racist tweet, and decided to move on with ‘The Conners’ and the remaining cast members including John Goodman. And, the obvious choice for ABC was to kill the iconic character, Roseanne in the reboot.
To lose someone as familiar as Roseanne is suicidal for a sitcom like ‘The Conners,’ and it reflected on the ratings in the first few weeks. But, John Goodman and team picked up momentum with Goodman’s Dan Conner, the new widower, and Jackie, played by Laurie Metcalf, after Roseanne Conner had died from an opioid overdose. Even though ‘The Conners’ is presented as a new series, the same set, same cast and same storyline trigger thoughts of ‘Roseanne’ in the viewers.
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2. Captive State (2019)
Fans can brace for watch John Goodman fighting off an alien invasion in Focus Features’ sci-fi flick, ‘Captive State.’ The recently released official trailer reveals Goodman’s role as a government official assigned to organize a counterattack against an extra-terrestrial force. He recruits a young operative, the son of a martyred soldier in the resistance movement, played by Ashton Sanders.
Vera Farmiga appears as a mysterious character in the trailer with her credentials under the blanker. ‘Captive State’ also stars Madeline Brewer, Kevin Dunn, KiKi Layne, and Alan Ruck. The movie is directed by Rupert Wyatt, known for ‘The Rise of the Planet of the Apes,’ who co-wrote the script with Erica Beene. According to the latest reports, Focus Features will release ‘Captive State’ on March 29, 2019.
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3. The Righteous Gemstones (TV Series, 2019)
John Goodman will play the patriarch Eli Gemstone, the upcoming HBO series ‘The Righteous Gemstones.’ Danny McBride serves as the writer, producer, director, and executive producer of the project. The half-hour comedy features the world-famous televangelist family, the Gemstones, exploring the secret lives of the family members. McBride plays Jesse Gemstone, Eli’s eldest son and heir to the throne. Edi Patterson plays Judy Gemstone, the daughter of Eli and Amy Leigh. Adam Devine is Kelvin Gemstone, Eli and Amy’s youngest kid. Cassidy Freeman is Amber Gemstone, wife of Jesse Gemstone. Other cast members include Tony Cavalero, Tim Baltz and GregAlan Williams.
The HBO’s announcement of ‘Gemstones’ created ripples of joy among Goodman fans as the comedy marks his first major post-Roseanne TV endeavor for the legendary actor. Director Danny McBride called ‘The Righteous Gemstones’ as a ‘televangelist comedy.’ When he joins hands with Jody Hill and David Gordon Green as executive producers with Goodman as the flag-bearer, ‘The Righteous Gemstones,’ has raised the expectations sky-high. Latest reports suggest that HBO plans to sir the show by mid-2019.
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