The cast set to portray a young Paul McCartney and The Beatles have been announced for the forthcoming Midas Man film. It was revealed earlier in the week that talk show host, Jay Leno will take up the role of late TV host, Ed Sullivan from The Ed Sullivan Show.
More recently, Deadline reports The Letter for The King actor, Jonah Lees is set to portray John Lennon, while New Hope Club guitarist, Blake Richardson, will play as Paul McCartney. George Harrison is set to be played by Creation Stories’s Liam Gallagher actor, Alan McGee, with Campbell Wallace portraying Ringo Starr.
Director Sara Sugarman said, “The actors playing The Beatles are an extraordinary group they ooze that very visceral feeling of the ’60s, 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 television host will bring forward a natural, and accurate portrayal and add an incredible element of modern showbiz to the story.”
Elsewhere, Peaky Blinders’ Adam Lawrence will play the band’s original drummer, Pete Best. It has also been previously confirmed that The Queen’s Gambit’s Jacob Fortune-Lloyd will portray Brian Epstein. The Liverpudlian record shop manager is credited with signing the Liverpool youngsters. A mid-shoot shutdown had recently occurred during production of Midas Man, with former director Jonas Akerlund said to be “taking a break” from the project and “unlikely to return”.
“Until some matters become clearer, we are not able to add any further comment to this statement,” production team The Beatles biopic have said. “In the meantime, we can confirm that filming of Midas Man will continue in London in November before breaking for Christmas.”
Subsequently, it was confirmed Vinyl director, Sugarman, was to take over from Akerlund, with production on the film set to move to LA in early 2022. Although a date for the release of The Beatles biopic has yet to be confirmed, November 25th will see the arrival of Peter Jackson’s 6-hour masterpiece, The Beatles: Get Back.