Chiwetel Ejiofor portrays Solomon Northup, and the screenplay closely follows the memoir. Henry Louis Gates, who was a historical consultant on the film, praised the filmmakers for their fidelity to the text. “There’s no question about the historical accuracy,” he said. “They did a wonderful job.”
Chadwick Boseman portrays Jackie Robinson, with Harrison Ford as Branch Rickey.
Tom Hanks plays Phillips, the captain of the cargo ship Maersk Alabama, whose vessel was hijacked by Somali pirates and was taken hostage.
Matthew McConaughey plays Ron Woodroof, who schemed to circumvent the FDA by delivering unapproved treatments to AIDS patients in the late 1980s.
Benedict Cumberbatch portrays Julian Assange, the founder of Wikileaks.
Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar Grant, a young man fatally shot by a San Francisco transit police officer in 2009.
Daniel Radcliffe, Ben Foster and Jack Huston portray Beat writers Allen Ginsberg, William Burroughs and Jack Kerouac, and Dane DeHaan plays Lucien Carr.
Forest Whitaker plays Cecil Gaines, a White House butler who served eight presidents. Alan Rickman and Jane Fonda play the Reagans.
Idris Elba portrays South African leader Nelson Mandela.
Judi Dench plays Philomena Lee, a woman searching for the son who was taken from her and sold into adoption, and Steve Coogan plays the journalist who brough her story to international attention.
Chris Hemsworth and Daniel Bruhl play Formula One drivers James Hunt and Niki Lauda in the Ron Howard film.
Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson are Walt Disney and “Mary Poppins” author P.L. Travers.
Tony Leung Chiu-wai plays martial arts master Ip Man.
Pic chronicles the affair between Charles Dickens and Ellen “Nelly” Ternan, as played by Ralph Fiennes and Felicity Jones.
Mark Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL who received the Navy Cross for his actions in 2005 facing Taliban fighters during Operation Red Wing.
George Clooney and Matt Damon are part of the WWII platoon tasked to rescue art from the Nazis and return them to their rightful owners.
Leonardo DiCaprio plays stockbroker Jordan Belfort.