Sean Penn is an American actor and filmmaker. He has won two Academy Awards, for his roles in the mystery drama ‘Mystic River’ in 2003 and the biopic ‘Milk’ in 2008. He began his acting career in television, with a brief appearance in episode 112 of ‘Little House on the Prairie’, directed by his father Leo Penn. Following his film debut in the drama ‘Taps’ in 1981, and a diverse range of film roles in the 1980s, including ‘Fast Times at Ridgemont High’ in 1982, he garnered critical attention for his roles in the crime dramas ‘At Close Range’ in 1986, ‘State of Grace’ in 1990, and ‘Carlito’s Way’ in 1993.
Penn became known as a prominent leading actor with the drama ‘Dead Man Walking’ in 1995, for which he earned his first Academy Award nomination and the Best Actor Award at the Berlin Film Festival. He received another two Oscar nominations for Woody Allen’s comedy-drama ‘Sweet and Lowdown’ in 1999 and the drama ‘I Am Sam’ in 2001, before winning his first Academy Award for Best Actor in 2003 for ‘Mystic River’ and a second one in 2008 for ‘Milk’. He has also won a Best Actor Award at the Cannes Film Festival for the Nick Cassavetes-directed ‘She’s So Lovely’ in 1997, and two Best Actor Awards at the Venice Film Festival for the indie film ‘Hurlyburly’ in 1998 and the drama ’21 Grams’ in 2003.
In 2008, he earned positive reviews for his portrayal of real-life gay-rights icon and politician Harvey Milk in the biopic ‘Milk’, and was nominated for best actor for the 2008 Independent Spirit Awards. The film also earned him his fifth nomination and second win for the Academy Award for Best Actor. He starred as Joseph C. Wilson in ‘Fair Game’ in 2010, a film adaptation of Valerie Plame’s 2007 memoir. He co-starred in the drama ‘The Tree of Life’ in 2011, which won the Palme d’Or at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. In 2015, he starred in ‘The Gunman’, a French-American action thriller based on the novel ‘The Prone Gunman’, by Jean-Patrick Manchette. Jasmine Trinca, Idris Elba, Ray Winstone, Mark Rylance and fellow Oscar-winner Javier Bardem appear in supporting roles. He plays Jim Terrier, a sniper on a mercenary assassination team who kills the minister of mines of the Congo.
Penn made his feature film directorial debut with ‘The Indian Runner’ in 1991, followed by the drama film ‘The Crossing Guard’ in 1995 and the mystery film ‘The Pledge’ in 2001. He directed one of the 11 segments of ’11’09″01 September 11′ in 2002, a compilation film made in response to the September 11 attacks. His fourth feature film, the biographical drama survival movie ‘Into the Wild’ in 2007, garnered critical acclaim and two Academy Award nominations. In addition to his film work, he engages in political and social activism, including his criticism of the George W. Bush administration, his contact with the Presidents of Cuba and Venezuela, and his humanitarian work in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina in 2005 and the 2010 Haiti earthquake.
At this point, the question that might be circling your mind is what is the next Sean Penn movie or tv show? Well, the good news is that we have a clear answer to that question. Here’s the upcoming Sean Penn films and tv shows expected to release in 2019 and 2020. We can only hope that the latest Sean Penn movie would be as good as some of his recent ones.
3. The Professor and the Madman (2019)
‘The Professor and the Madman’ is an American-Irish drama film, based on the book ‘The Surgeon of Crowthorne’ by Simon Winchester. The film’s title is taken from the edition of the book released in the U.S. and Canada. Principal photography on the film has been completed, as well as some post-production, but a legal dispute has delayed the film’s release. The film is about a professor who in 1857 began compiling the Oxford English Dictionary and led the overseeing committee and a doctor who submitted over 10,000 entries while he was undergoing treatment at an asylum for the criminally insane.
The star cast includes Mel Gibson as James Murray, Sean Penn as Dr. William Chester Minor, Natalie Dormer as Eliza Merrett, Ioan Gruffudd as Henry Bradley, Jeremy Irvine as Charles Hall, Steve Coogan, Laurence Fox and Jennifer Ehle as Ada Murray. The film is scheduled to release on May 10, 2019.
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2. American Lion (TBA)
HBO’s Andrew Jackson biopic miniseries ‘American Lion’ has long been in rough water. The series features Sean Penn as Andrew Jackson, the 7th president of the U.S. The six-hour miniseries is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning biography of Jackson written by former Newsweek editor Jon Meacham. Penn also serves as the executive producer in the project. Doug Miro and Carlo Bernard, who are known for Netflix‘s ‘Narcos,’ wrote the script. The project hit headlines when director Phillip Noyce reportedly walked out of the project over disagreements on the portrayal of some policies of Jackson. The Australian director, who is known for action flicks like ‘Salt’ and ‘Patriot Games,’ moved on with Arclight’s World War II movie, ‘Killer 10.’
Jackson is a controversial figure in American history and is not whitewashed in Meacham’s biography. Instead, the author presents him as a self-made, western outsider who fought tooth and nail to protect the Union. Jackson served the country, following John Quincy Adams as the President, for 8 years from 1829 to 1837. It’s unclear who will replace Noyce to direct Sean Penn and the uncertainty pushed the series into limbo. The miniseries had also aroused curiosity as Penn’s first major television role and the first joint venture of HBO and Lionsgate TV at the time of its announcement.
1. Untitled Jamal Khashoggi Project (TBA)
Sean Penn explores the mystery behind the murder of the Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi in the untitled documentary. Penn is reportedly working on the film in Turkey where Khashoggi last was seen alive in early October 2018. The Oscar winner is seen working along with a small crew outside the Saudi Embassy in Istanbul which became the center of media attention and international controversy after Khashoggi went missing. Andolu Agency, an international news network based in Ankara, the Turkish capital, broke the news of Penn filming along with location pics.
Khashoggi, a US resident since 2017 and an outspoken critic of Saudi Arabia’s crown prince Mohammed bin Salman, was killed during his visit to the Saudi consulate in Istanbul to obtain some marriage-related documents on October 2. The remains of the 59-year-old have not yet been found and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has accused Saudi Arabia of ordering the murder. Sean Penn is known for venturing into civil wars and drug cartels as a documentary filmmaker advocating peace. He has several documentaries to his credit including the 2013 film ‘The Human Experiment,’ which examines the chemicals in our everyday life in a new light.
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