When a 15-year-old is emancipated herself from the family solely for the future of her acting career, there must be something extraordinary in her. Whenever interviewers asked about her emancipation from the Williams family in Kalispell, Montana, Michelle Williams emphasized that there was nothing wrong between her and the family. Her only dream was to pursue an acting career, which culminated in Jen Lindley, a troubled teenager in the hit teen show ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ Jen’s role catapulted the 16-year-old fledgling actress into instant fame and she became a TV idol.
Out of fear of being typecast, Williams soon started worked towards her dream during the hiatus of ‘Dawson’s Creek.’ She managed to act in movies like ‘Dick’ and ‘Halloween H20: 20 Years Later.’ She found her comfort zone in indies ‘Me Without You,’ ‘Prozac Nation’ and ‘The Station Agent.’ In 2005, Williams got the biggest break in the career in the form of an Oscar Nomination for ‘Brokeback Mountain.’ She was nominated for her first Academy Award for supporting actress and later got engaged to the late Heath Ledger. The couple has their first daughter, Mathilda Rose, on October 28.
Michelle Williams bounced back from the shock of Ledger’s untimely death in 2008 with the movies like ‘Blue Valentine,’ ‘My Week with Marilyn’ and ‘Manchester by the Sea.’ Last year, she made her comeback to the Television with FX limited series ‘Fosse/Verdon,’ alongside Sam Rockwell. At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Michelle Williams movie and TV show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the list of upcoming Michelle Williams films/TV shows scheduled to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Michelle Williams movies would be as good as some of her recent ones.
8. After the Wedding (2019)
‘After the Wedding’ is an English-language remake of Susanne Bier’s 2006 drama of the same name. Williams plays Isabel, a subtle woman who runs an orphanage in India. She struggles to run the establishment with scarce money. But then she receives an offer from a U.S. millionaire, Theresa, played by Moore. But the potential benefactor wants Isabel to fly to New York to prove why she deserves her investment. A frustrated Isabel agrees the deal and the women of two extremes meet on the eve of Theresa’s daughter’s wedding. When Isabel receives a surprise invitation for the wedding, the movie changes course. Directed by Julianne Moore’s husband Bart Freundlich, ‘After the Wedding‘ is touted as a highly emotive and immersive experience. The movie is slated for a 2019 release.
7. Fosse/Verdon (2019 – Present)
FX’s highly-anticipated biopic miniseries ‘Fosse/Verdon‘ tells the real-life love story of director-choreographer Bob Fosse and his wife, Gwen Verdon. The series has Sam Rockwell and Michelle Williams playing the titular couple. The couple is known for their celebrated married life as well as outstanding artistic achievements. Their legendary Broadway journey reshaped American Entertainment industry like never before.
Loosely based on the 2013 biopic ‘Fosse,’ the series focuses on the romantic and professional aspects of the couple’s relationship. As a filmmaker and choreographer, Bob Fosse was a visionary and one of the most influential choreographers and directors of his time. On the other hand, Verdon was one of the most celebrated dancers in the history of Broadway history during the ’50s, ’60s, and ’70s. The series is adapted by Steven Levenson, Thomas Kail and Lin-Manuel Miranda. Thomas Kail is the director while Levenson serves as showrunner. ‘Fosse/Verdon’ is slated for an April 9, 2019 debut.
6. This Is Jane (TBA)
‘This is Jane’ is Amazon Studios’ historical drama focusing on the legalization of abortion in the U.S. The movie is based on Laura Kaplan’s book ‘The Story of Jane: The Legendary Underground Feminist Abortion Service.’ Directed by Kimberly Peirce, who is known for ‘Boys Don’t Cry,’ ‘This is Jane’ features Michelle Williams in the lead. The plot follows women who provided abortion services in the years before the legalization of abortion in 1973. After the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court ruling that legalized abortion, these unidentified women who were known only by pseudonyms went into oblivion. Kaplan compiles the histories of these faceless women with the support of an organization called Jane in her book. Williams plays the path-breaking organization’s founder, Jenny.
5. The Challenger (TBA)
‘The Challenger’ is based on the 1986 space shuttle tragedy, in which NASA’s space shuttle Challenger burned down to ashes after 73 seconds of launch. The tragedy killed all seven crew members of the mission. Michelle Williams plays Christa McAuliffe, one of the crew members who was killed in the accident. Martin Zandvliet, who is known for ‘Land of Mine,’ directs the biopic, from a screenplay written by Jayson Rothwell. The movie follows the life of Christa McAuliffe’s, a high school teacher from New Hampshire who is selected to join NASA’s Teacher in Space Project. After completion of the program, she was handpicked by NASA for the Space Shuttle Challenger crew, along with six other people. But the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff from Cape Canaveral, on live TV, killing all seven aboard on, January 28, 1986.
4. Rio (TBA)
StudioCanal’s long-gestating movie project, ‘Rio’ reportedly has Williams alongside Benedict Cumberbatch and Jake Gyllenhaal. Luca Guadagnino, who made the breakout hit ‘Call Me by Your Name,’ directs the movie from a screenplay written by Steven Knight. ‘Rio’ follows a financial reporter, played by Gyllenhaal, who flies to Rio de Janeiro to visit a wealthy friend, played by Cumberbatch. But he finds himself at the center of a deadly plot to fake his friend’s death in Rio. Williams plays the key role of a mysterious woman split by the two men. The movie was work-titled as ‘Let It Fall Back‘ for a short time.
3. Janis (TBA)
‘Janis’ is a biopic of sorts based on the life and career of the iconic ’60s singer Janis Joplin. Michelle Williams plays the titular role of Janis in the movie, which is directed by Sean Durkin. The musical biopic is produced by Peter Newman, who holds the rights to a number of rare music catalog and written materials of the enigmatic hippie singer. Joplin rose to prominence and became a symbol of the hippie wave in the ’60s. With the psychedelic rock group Big Brother and the Holding Company, she made back-to-back hits. But the talented singer was found dead of a drug overdose at age 27. According to reports, ‘Janis’ focuses on the last six turbulent months of Joplin’s life.
2. Annette (TBA)
‘Annette’ marks the English language debut of the French auteur Leos Carax. Michelle Williams takes over the lead role in the movie after Rooney Mara dropped out of the project. Adam Driver also plays an important role in the film. ‘Annette’ is touted as musical drama that centers around a grieving stand-up comedian whose opera singer wife is dead. He finds solace in his two-year-old daughter’s presence. But he realizes that the kid is left with a surprising gift by her mother.
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1. All the Old Knives (TBA)
‘All the Old Knives’ is a spy thriller featuring Chris Pine and Michelle Williams in the lead roles. The movie is directed by James Marsh — who made ‘The Theory of Everything’ — from a screenplay written by Olen Steinhauer. The plot follows ex-lovers Henry and Celia, both of who are CIA operatives. Pine and Williams play the lead couple. They meet in the idyllic town of Carmel-by-the-Sea for a dinner. When they start discussing the hijacking plot of the Royal Jordanian Flight 127, which went awry, killing all passengers on board, the real motives behind the dinner begin to surface. And one of the former lovers is not supposed to leave the dinner alive.
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