8 Iconic Britons That Need Their Own Biopics (And Who Should Play Them)

Because there is nobody on Earth who doesn't want to see Viggo Mortensen as Guy Fawkes.

Drake 2013 was something of a turkey for the biopic: while success has been found in recounting the stories of the lesser-knowns like 12 Years A Slave, Wolf Of Wall Street and Captain Phillips, it was the big films for the big names that fell flat and failed to excite both critics and the box office. Alfred Hitchcock, Princess Diana, Walt Disney, Julian Assange and Steve Jobs have all had the Hollywood treatment to very little success. Exactly why remains to be seen, but it's clear that something needs to be done about any and all future biopics destined for the big screen. Some would argue the very idea of 'the biopic' should be scrapped - passing it off as little more than a glorified PR exercise, while those who still see a future in it would tell you that merely recounting one's life is not sufficient - those films must offer something more; comedy, romance, music, thrills.... Take, for example, The Greatest Show On Earth, with Hugh Jackman as P.T. Barnum. Bill Condon (The Fifth Estate director and Dreamgirls scribe) has talked about his latest project being a 'contemporary musical' - something in the vain of Moulin Rouge! This fits with the need to offer more in one's biopic than a dramatised version of a few points in a person's life - you may as well watch a documentary for that, right? Following this train of thought, here's a list of iconic Britons who deserve the biopic treatment, how to make them more than empty PR exercises, and who should be cast...

Aspiring screenwriter. Avid Gooner. Saving the rest of the self-descriptive stuff for the autobiography.