Jon Hamm is best known for his portrayal of the character of Don Draper in the AMC television series ‘Mad Men’. Draper is the creative director of an advertising firm based in Manhattan, and the role made Hamm a household name. But he had made his first appearances on television well before this, in the late 90s, with the reality show ‘The Big Date’ and later on in ‘Ally McBeal’. At the turn of the millennium, he got his breakthrough with ‘Providence’. After that, he went on to make appearances in TV shows such as ‘Gilmore Girls‘, and ‘CSI: Miami’ and ‘The Division’.
In 2007, he got his big break with ‘Mad Men’ which ran successfully for the next five years. There has been no looking back for Hamm since then. The success of ‘Mad Men’ brought him accolades as well as new and exciting roles. During that period, he went on to appear in many hit TV shows such as ’30 Rock’, and ‘The Simpsons and Family Guy’. Some of the most popular series he later appeared in are ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt‘ and ‘Black Mirror‘.
In movies, Hamm made his beginning with ‘Space Cowboys’ in the millennium and then went on to act in ‘Kissing Jessica Stein’ (2001), ‘We Were Soldiers’ (2002), ‘Ira & Abby’ (2006), ‘The Ten’ (2007), ‘The Day the Earth Stood Still’ (2008), ‘Stolen’ (2009), ‘The Town’ (2010), ‘Howl’ (2010), ‘Sucker Punch’ (2011) and ‘Bridesmaids’ (2011).
‘The Town’ and ‘Stolen’ are a few instances where Hamm proved that he can be quite a dashing character when he is portrayed to be on the right side of the law. In ‘The Town’, directed by and starring Ben Affleck as Doug MacRay, Hamm’s character, an FBI agent by the name of Adam Frawley, is quite fascinating as he keeps chasing MacRay and his fellow bank robbers. Similarly, in ‘Stolen’, Hamm is a police detective trying to find his missing 10-year-old son. But what begins as a personal quest soon takes a more sinister turn as his search unearths the remains of another boy who had disappeared 50 years earlier.
But in the 2017 film ‘Baby Driver‘, Hamm got back to what he does best as he was cast in the role of a bank robber. His character Buddy, despite being on the wrong side of the law, attracts the unwavering sympathy of the viewers and emerges as an ideal anti-hero. Over the years, Hamm went on to win a host of Emmys for his performances in ‘Mad Men’, ’30 Rock’ and ‘Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt’. In films, he has won awards for his performances in ‘The Town’, ‘Bridesmaids’ and ‘Million Dollar Arm’. So now you must be wondering what is the next Jon Hamm movie or TV show? Well, here’s the list of upcoming Jon Hamm films and TV shows scheduled to release in the near future. We can only hope that the new Jon Hamm performances would be as good as some of his recent ones.
5. Richard Jewell (2019)
Jon Hamm is all set to star in the upcoming Clint Eastwood drama film called ‘Richard Jewell’. The movie will focus on the life of Richard Jewell, the American police officer, and security guard, who discovered the three pipe bombs at Centennial Olympic Park, the site of the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia. Jewell alerted the police who evacuated the area before the bombs could explode.
The film will star Paul Walter Hauser as Richard Jewell and will also feature the likes of Jon Hamm, Sam Rockwell, Kathy Beths, Olivia Wilde and Dylan Kussman. It was announced in 2014 that Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill would produce the film. Though there were initial reports that DiCaprio might be a part of the cast, he is associated with the film only as a producer. Paul Greengrass was initially in talks to direct the film but Clint Eastwood later took over as the director. The film is set to release on December 13, 2019.
4. Top Gun: Maverick (2020)
Jon Hamm will also feature in the upcoming American action drama film ‘Top Gun: Maverick‘ directed by Joseph Kosinski. The film is a sequel to ‘Top Gun‘ (1986) and will star Tom Cruise, Miles Teller, Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Glen Powell, Lewis Pullman, and Ed Harris.
Speaking about the sequel, director Kosinski said, “The navy is very different now than it was in 1986. It’s just a different world now, so you can’t remake the first movie. It has to adapt, [but] I certainly want to re-create the experience of that movie, which gives you a front seat into the world of naval aviation and what it’s like to be in a fighter jet.” After filming began, Tom Cruise posted a still from the set with the quote ‘Feel the need’ — a reference to the original film’s quote, “I feel the need – the need for speed.” The film is set to release in the US on June 26, 2020.
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3. The Jesus Rolls (2020)
Jon Hamm will make his appearance in the American crime comedy film ‘The Jesus Rolls’, which is set to be released next year. The film is directed by Jon Turturro, who also stars in the film in the lead role of Jesus Quintina. It is a remake of the French film ‘Going Places’ directed by Bertrand Blier and is also a spin-off of the 1998 Coen Brothers film ‘The Big Lebowski‘. Besides Turturro and Hamm, the film will also feature Bobby Cannavale, Audrey Tautou, Pete Davidson, Susan Sarandon, Sonia Braga, and J.B. Smoove.
2. Wild Mountain Thyme (TBA)
Just as the name hints at a rustic feel, the plot of ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’ invokes not just a sense of closeness to nature, but a love story that plays out in its very lap. The emerald greens of Ireland become the setting where the upcoming movie, written and helmed by John Patrick Shanley, plays out.
The basic plot follows two star crossed lovers who become caught up in a land dispute. Basically, we have a boy who does not have any interest in farming. He happens to be neighbors with a girl who has always fancied him. The boy is mostly oblivious to this, however. When the boy’s parents realize he has no interest in farming, they want to sell off the land to a relative of theirs, which leads to tensions arising.
Love foregrounds the motives in the movie, and the premise seems dramatic enough to require good acting for the story to make an impact on the audience. Luckily, the cast members are up to the task, including the likes of Jon Hamm and Emily Blunt. Hopefully, Hamm will be looking to deliver a stellar performance so as to stand out even amongst illustrious company. He is supposed to be playing the role of Adam in the movie, which we expect to be heartwarming.
1. Off Season (TBA)
As the name suggests, there is something isolating about the premise of the upcoming movie. Considering it is a horror, mystery, thriller, we should not be expecting anything else. Sometimes, we should let the past remain buried since some doors should not be unlocked. However, in our quest for knowledge, we end up sabotaging or ruining perfectly good situations.
The premise of ‘Off Season’ is based on such a drive. A man begins to relentlessly search for his father, gripped by a singular need to find him. His searches bring him back to his old town where he grew up as a child. However, what should have been a trip down the memory lane, and a place for some clues, ends up being a place where the mystery grows deeper, and perhaps impenetrable. The man realizes that the entire town is gripped by fear, but he cannot pinpoint why everyone seems to be so afraid.
The winter wilderness and bitter weather only serve to heighten the isolation and desolation, making the story more chilly, literally and figuratively. As the man delves deeper into the history of the town, he comes across a dark secret that should have been left buried. Apart from Jon Hamm, no other castmembers are known at this point. However, it will be refreshing to see how the actor performs in a horror movie, where the conveyance of emotions shapes the plot. Hamm will surely not disappoint us.
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Between Two Ferns: The Movie (2019)
‘Between Two Ferns: The Movie’ is a comedy film released on Netflix. If you have seen the show of the same name, you might be familiar with the format of the interviews that makes up a lot of the movie. Released on September 20, 2019, the movie borrows the best elements from Zach Galifianakis’ show, which is known for the hostile questions posed to celebrities.
In the movie, we see Zach as a struggling host, wanting to break out on mainstream television. He interviews celebrities in his studio, but there is a sense of hostility in the questions posed, making him different from other hosts. However, all of this changes, when the studio floods and Zach’s boss tells him that as per the contract, he has to conduct other interviews if he wants his big break in the industry.
From this point on, the movie becomes a road trip film. Zach and his crew travel across the country interviewing celebrities, planning to keep to the deadline. Their travels bring them closer together and Zach undergoes changes as a person. However, the takeaway is that there are several known faces who are there in the movie, as Zach interviews them. Jon Hamm is one of the people interviewed. Despite appearing for only a short time, the actor makes quite an impression on fans.
Lucy in the Sky (2019)
Noah Hawley’s ‘Lucy in the Sky’ starring Jon Hamm and Natalie Portman hit the theaters on October 4, 2019. The title of the film has been inspired by the Beatles’ song ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’. The sci-fi astronaut drama, which was formerly called ‘Pale Blue Dot’, marks Hawley’s directorial debut.
The film tells the story of a woman astronaut who upon returning to earth begins to lose her grip over reality. Besides Hamm and Portman, the main cast includes Zazie Beetz, Tig Nataro, Ellen Burstyn and Dan Stevens. The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on September 11, 2019.
The Report (2019)
Despite the secrecy and the evident labyrinth of information in the CIA, there are always people who are willing to bring things to light. There is a constant tussle between efficiency and transparency in agencies like these, and Hollywood has not shied away from portraying the CIA as an agency that favors the former in most cases. However, ‘The Report’, which released on November 15, 2019, is based on a time when the CIA was probably not looking to hold back punches.
The biographical drama tells the story of Senate staffer Daniel J. Jones, who is idealistic in nature. When he is tasked by his boss to look into the agency’s practices in the Detention and Interrogation Program, after 9/11, he discovers shocking secrets. If you are familiar with America’s reaction after the horrific terror attack on the Twin Towers, you will know that the country reacted violently and vigilantly, as is expected. However, in their overzealousness, they cut corners and refused to be fair. As a result, numerous innocent people were caught in the net of suspicion and put through brutally harrowing experiences. The CIA was partly in charge of interrogating them, and labeling suspects as terrorists allowed them to do away with a lot of rights in the first place.
Eventually, the treatment of certain prisoners at the time has come to be condemned, but the movie itself seeks to show how the report came to light, drawing focus to CIA’s practices. With a stellar cast including Adam Driver and Jon Hamm, the performances are to watch out for in ‘The Report’.