Jack O'Connell and Nicholas Hoult in talks to do Beatles movie
WRITTEN BY ROB SAMUELSON
Despite being the driving force of pop culture for the last 50 years, The Beatles have had a surprisingly small footprint in the medium of film outside of the movies they starred in themselves.
LONDON, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 08: Jack O'Connell, winner of the Breakthrough Actor of the Year award, and Nicholas Hoult attend the GQ Men Of The Year Awards at The Royal Opera House on September 8, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by David M. Benett/Dave Benett/Getty Images)
According to Deadline, though, that will soon change. “Unbroken’s” Jack O’Connell is in negotiations to play John Lennon opposite Nicholas Hoult‘s (“Mad Max: Fury Road”) Brian Epstein, who managed the band until he died in 1967.
The film, currently titled “A Life in the Day,” will revolve around the relationship between Epstein and Lennon.
This is still a fluid situation with no deals set, but if it all comes together, Hoult would play the flamboyant and gay Epstein, with O’Connell the brilliant but troubled John Lennon. The intense relationship between the two men has been the subject of much debate and analysis over the years.
This news follows on the heels of John Lennon’s widow, Yoko Ono, telling the Daily Beast in an interview that Lennon and Epstein’s relationship was tough to pin down:
“Uh, well, the story I was told was a very explicit story, and from that I think they didn’t have it [sex],” Ono tells me. “But they went to Spain, and when they came back, tons of reporters were asking, ‘Did you do it, did you do it?’ So he said, ‘I did it.’ Isn’t that amazing? But of course he would say that. I’m sure Brian Epstein made
a move, yeah.”And Lennon said no to Epstein?“He just didn’t want to do it, I think.”
The ambiguity of the relationship between two cultural giants is something ripe for the movies.