Shortly after the release of a new Peter Jackson documentary on The Beatles, our first look at the Fab Four in the upcoming film man from midas has been revealed. The feature film, which serves as a biopic for Beatles manager Brian Epstein, features Jacob Fortune-Lloyd (The Queen’s Gambit) in the lead role. It chronicles Epstein’s role in the ‘creative explosion’ of the 1960s and his considerable influence on pop music.
It has now been revealed that the actors playing The Beatles are Jonah Lees (Letter to the King) as John Lennon, Blake Richardson of the New Hope Club as Paul McCartney, Leo Harvey Elledge (Creation stories) as George Harrison, and Campbell Wallace as Ringo Starr. A pair of first-look images of the cast as the Fab Four have also been unveiled.
Recently it was reported that the cast also includes Adam Lawrence (Peaky Blinders) as original Beatles drummer Pete Best and former Tonight show host Jay Leno as Ed Sullivan. We also find Emily Watson as Malka “Queenie” Epstein, Epstein’s mother, Eddie Marsan as Brian’s father and successful businessman Harry, Omari Douglas as Confidante Lonnie Trimble. trusted friend of Epstein and Rosie Day as Merseybeat star Cilla Black. Lukas Gage (Love, Victor) like Tex Ellington and Charley Palmer Rothwell (Jack Ryan) as Beatles record producer George Martin.
Film on man from midas started in Liverpool in October but took a temporary hiatus with director Jonas Akerlund abruptly quitting the project. Sara Sugarman (Confessions of a Teenage Drama Queen) has since signed on to direct the film using a script by Brigit Grant with a story by Jonathan Wakeham. Twickenham Studios chairman Sunny Vohra and former Lionsgate UK chairman Nicola Pearcey are executive producers, and StudioPow produces with Trevor Beattie Films.
“The director of man from midas Jonas Akerlund is taking a break from the film, ”the studio said upon Akerlund’s release. “Until some things become clearer, we are unable to add any further comments to this statement. In the meantime, we can confirm that the filming of man from midas will continue in London in November before stopping for Christmas. Filming will resume in early January in Los Angeles.
In a new statement, Sugarman said, “The actors playing The Beatles are an amazing group, they give off that very visceral ’60s feeling, are charming, playful and so authentic and I have no doubt that Jay Leno will capture the essence of Ed Sullivan perfectly. His own experience as an American TV host will bring a natural and accurate portrayal and add an incredible element of modern showbiz to the story.
This is one of many musical biopics in development, possibly an effect of movies like Rhapsodie bohémienne and Rocket man do so well. More biopics are in the works on artists such as Buddy Holly, Amy Winehouse, Janet Jackson, Cher, Elvis Presley and the Bee Gees, among others.
Manufacturing on man from midas will move to the United States in early 2022. The official release date for the biopic has yet to be set.
This news comes to us from Deadline.
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