- 25 Nov 21
The film will highlight the Beatles' manager Brian Epstein’s sweeping influence in the world of pop music, as well as recounting his own tragic story.
The actors who will be playing the Beatles in the upcoming film Midas Man have been revealed.
Jonah Lees, known for his role in the Netflix series The Letter For The King, will take on the part of John Lennon. Blake Richardson, lead singer of British pop trio New Hope Club, will appear as Paul McCartney.
The casting announcement follows a day after it was revealed that ex-talk show host Jay Leno will portray TV icon Ed Sullivan. Adam Lawrence, who previously appeared on Peaky Blinders, will play the 'Fifth Beatle', drummer Pete Best.
“The actors playing the Beatles are an extraordinary group they ooze that very visceral feeling of the ’60s, are charming, playful, and so authentic," the biopic's director Sara Sugarman said. "I have no doubt that Jay Leno will capture the essence of Ed Sullivan perfectly. His own experience as an American television host will bring forward a natural, and accurate portrayal and add an incredible element of modern showbiz to the story.”
The news follows a recent hiatus as the film producers were forced to look for a new director, as the man originally at the helm of the project, Jonas Akerlund, left the project due to conflicting commitments. Welsh filmmaker Sara Sugarman was chosen to take over the role.
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, known for his role as Townes in the critically acclaimed mini-series The Queen's Gambit, will take on the lead role of manager Brian Epstein - who has also often put in contention as the 'Fifth Beatle'.
The announcement coincides with the release of the first part of the Beatles behind-the-scene documentary, The Beatles: Get Back, which will start streaming today on Disney+. New Zealand Director Peter Jackson sifting through 57 hours of unused footage from the 1970s Let It Be documentary to give audiences a more unfiltered look at the iconic band.
Check out the trailer for the new Beatles documentary below: