BAZ BAMIGBOYE Do you want to know a secret? Here are the relative unknowns chosen to play The Beatles in new Brian Epstein biopic Midas Man
Do you want to know a secret? Pictured exclusively by the Daily Mail, here are the relative unknowns chosen to play the Fab Four in a new film.
The lucky actors are Jonah Lees as John Lennon, Campbell Wallace as Ringo Starr, Blake Richardson as Paul McCartney and Leo Harvey-Elledge as George Harrison.
They are seen recreating the moment The Beatles did a recording session at the famous Abbey Road Studios in north London in 1962, around the time they created such hits as Love Me Do and Please Please Me.
Nowhere men: (From left) Jonah Lees as John Lennon, Campbell Wallace as Ringo Starr, Blake Richardson as Paul McCartney and Leo Harvey-Elledge as George Harrison in new Brian Epstein biopic Midas Man
Blast from the past: The Beatles at Abbey Road studios in 1964, examining the script for their first film, A Hard Day’s Night
The film, Midas Man, is about Beatles manager Brian Epstein, who discovered the band playing at the Cavern Club in Liverpool and helped set them on the journey to megastardom.
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd plays Epstein, who died of an overdose of sedatives in 1967 aged 32, with Eddie Marsan and Emily Watson playing his parents.
Midas Man, which is directed by Sara Sugarman, comes as Beatlemania appears to be making a comeback.
Iconic: They are seen recreating the moment The Beatles did a recording session at the famous Abbey Road Studios in north London in 1962
Striking: Blake Richardson bears an uncanny resemblance to a young Paul McCartney in the new film about Epstein’s life and tragic death
In demand: Midas Man, which is directed by Sara Sugarman, comes as Beatlemania appears to be making a comeback
Peter Jackson’s three-part documentary The Beatles: Get Back, featuring footage of the band recording the Let It Be album, premieres on Disney+ today.
The nearly 8-hour documentary culled from film and recording outtakes of those sessions reveals a self-aware band with a rare connection and work ethic that still knew how to have fun – yet was also in the process of breaking up.
Jackson, the Academy Award-winning maker of the “Lord of the Rings” series, was discussing another project with the Beatles when he inquired about what happened to all the outtakes of director Michael Lindsay-Hogg’s 1970 “Let it Be” film.
Legendary: The scene was filmed at Abbey Road studios, The Beatles’ spiritual home
Mirror image: Leo Harvey-Elledge will play the legendary George Harrison in the forthcoming film
In tune: The actors were seen filming a rehearsal in one of Abbey Road’s many studios
Nearly 60 hours of film taken over three weeks existed, mostly unseen, and the band had been considering what to do with it.
Jackson took that material, as well as 150 hours of audio recordings, and spent four years building a story.
Elsewhere McCartney’s £75 book The Lyrics, in which he tells the story behind many of his songs, is available in stores.
Here we go: Ringo Starr (Campbell Wallace), George Harrison (Harvey-Elledge) were dressed in the suits synonymous with the band during their early years of success
Fifth Beatle: Adam Lawrence will play Pete Best, the drummer they controversially fired in favour of Ringo Starr (pictured left to right: Lees as Lennon and Lawrence as Best)
Biopic: Jacob Fortune-Lloyd plays Epstein, who died of an overdose of sedatives in 1967 aged 32, with Eddie Marsan and Emily Watson playing his parents (pictured: Epstein in 1964)
Timeless: (From left to right) The Beatles stars Ringo Starr, Paul McCartney, John Lennon, and George Harrison, circa 1965.