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TMW's 2015 Movie Preview - Part 6: True Stories

Hollywood loves true stories and there are plenty coming our way in 2015.

Who the devil made it? Jean-Marc Vallée
Who the hell is in it? Reese Witherspoon, Laura Dern, Gaby Hoffmann
What do we know? Based on the memoir of Cheryl Strayed (Witherspoon), who made a solo trek of more than a thousand miles of the North American Pacific Coast Trail in 1995.

American Sniper
Who the devil made it? Clint Eastwood
Who the hell is in it? Bradley Cooper, Sienna Miller
What do we know? An adaptation of the autobiography of Chris Kyle (Cooper), the most successful sniper in Navy Seal history.

Who the devil made it? Ava DuVernay
Who the hell is in it? David Oyelowo, Carmen Ejogo, Tim Roth
What do we know? The story of Martin Luther King's (Oyelowo) 1965 Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, voting rights march.

Testament of Youth
Who the devil made it? James Kent
Who the hell is in it? Hayley Atwell, Kit Harington, Alicia Vikander
What do we know? It's based on the autobiography of Vera Brittain (Vikander), an Oxford student who served as a nurse in World War I.

Kill the Messenger
Who the devil made it? Michael Cuesta
Who the hell is in it? Jeremy Renner, Robert Patrick, Mary Elizabeth Winstead
What do we know? The story of Pulitzer winning journalist Gary Webb (Renner), who sought to uncover a CIA conspiracy to flood America's ghettos with crack cocaine.

The Walk
Who the devil made it? Robert Zemeckis
Who the hell is in it? Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Charlotte Le Bon, Ben Kingsley
What do we know? A dramatisation of Philippe Petit's (Gordon-Levitt) 1974 death-defying walk on a high wire between the towers of the World Trade Center, as detailed in the 2008 documentary Man on Wire.

In the Heart of the Sea
Who the devil made it? Ron Howard
Who the hell is in it? Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw
What do we know? The story of the 1820 sinking of the whaling vessel 'Essex', and the drastic lengths taken by its crew to survive.

Miles Ahead
Who the devil made it? Don Cheadle
Who the hell is in it? Ewan McGregor, Don Cheadle, Michael Stuhlbarg
What do we know? Cheadle is legendary Jazz trumpeter Miles Davis in the actor's directorial debut.

Who the devil made it? Cynthia Mort
Who the hell is in it? Zoe Saldana, David Oyelowo, Mike Epps
What do we know? Another Jazz legend, this time Nina Simone, controversially played by Zoe Saldana, who has drawn criticism for employing dark skin make-up for the role.