Thirty five years since the death of Steve McQueen, a biopic on the late, all-time great has finally been greenlit. McQueen will be based on Marshall Terrill’s 2010 biography of the actor, Steve McQueen: The Life And Legend Of A Hollywood Icon, which includes sections of a diary kept by McQueen’s nurse at the Mexico facility where he was treated for cancer and ultimately died. Deadline reports that Lake Forest Entertainment will produce the film, with a director yet to sign on. Crucially though, there’s no lead actor in place, something we've attempted to rectify with our rundown of the principal runners and riders to fill his legendary shoesMore
Blonde hair? Check. Handy behind the wheel? Check. Able to play everyone from tough rule-bending cop to introspective, bank-robbing outlaw? Check. On the surface, Gosling has got everything required to take on McQueen, with Deadline even reporting he’s interested in the role. He also came to our attention in a string of they-don’t-make-em-like-that-anymore throwbacks to the 1970s heyday of masculine film-making (Drive, The Place Beyond The Pines) so he shouldn’t have trouble getting into McQueen’s headspace before shooting the likes of The Getaway and Papillon.
The only problem with Gosling going for McQueen may be that he’s become too popular in his own right to really convince audiences, much like Will Smith’s jarring performance in Michael Mann’s Ali. That and the fact that the internet might explode should Gosling get the role.
Another actor rumoured to be interested in the role, Channing Tatum would certainly be the bookie’s outsider after making his name looking muscular in a string of rom-coms and action films. Foxcatcher seemed to signal the start of a ‘serious period’ in his career, as did the actor's casting in Tarantino’s forthcoming The Hateful Eight. But as far as McQueen goes, mark this one down as a curveball.