East Bay Movies You Can’t Miss This Fall (and in 2016)
Keep your eye on the silver screen for East Bay actors, filmmakers, and locations.
Michael Fassbender stars in Steve Jobs / Courtesy of Universal Pictures
Starring Matt Damon and directed by Ridley Scott, this lost-in-space flick is based on an originally self-published best-seller by Andy Weir, who grew up in Livermore. The author’s father was a particle physicist at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory for 31 years.
Beasts of No Nation
Oakland-raised director Cary Fukunaga (True Detective) focuses his lens on child soldiers fighting in an African civil war. Idris Elba stars as a warlord in the film.
Bridge of Spies
East Bay–raised superstar Tom Hanks costars with Benicia-raised character actor Michael Gaston in this Cold War thriller from director Steven Spielberg.
(Opens October 23)
The Oscar race kicks off with this biopic, starring Michael Fassbender as Jobs and Seth Rogen as Apple cofounder Steve Wozniak. The stars were seen filming in Berkeley in locations such as La Méditerranée, a restaurant that looks about the same as it did in the 1980s, when the Steves began creating their empire.
Richmond-raised writer-director Ryan Coogler had a breakout hit with Fruitvale Station based on Oakland’s tragic police shooting of Oscar Grant III. For his follow-up, Coogler directs a big studio boxing drama based on characters from Rocky and costarring Sylvester Stallone.
The Good Dinosaur
Pixar offers a prehistoric alternate reality adventure in which humans and dinosaurs coexist. The Emeryville studio’s second feature this year might compete against its Inside Out for Best Animated Feature Film at Oscar time.
Berkeley resident Rita Moreno was recently spotted in the East Bay, including the carousel in Tilden Park, while filming this movie about a widow building a relationship with her two self-involved grandchildren.
Oakland cartoonist Daniel Clowes’ book about a middle-aged misanthrope filmed this summer in Minneapolis, with plans for release sometime in 2016. Clowes wrote the screenplay, and Woody Harrelson plays Wilson, in what could be the role of a lifetime.
First, news broke that Clint Eastwood would direct the film about pilot Chesley “Sully” Sullenberger and his Miracle on the Hudson landing in 2009. Then, Tom Hanks signed on to play Sully. Since Eastwood graduated from Oakland Technical High, Hanks graduated from Oakland’s Skyline High, and Sully lives in Danville, this may be the biggest East Bay movie of all time.