Beatlemania Liverpool is back on the streets as a new film chronicles the complicated life and times of the Fab Four’s manager, Brian Epstein.
The film is called Midas Man, after the man with the golden touch who, in addition to The Beatles, starred Gerry and the Pacemaker, Billy J. Kramer and Dakota—and a club cloakroom attendant named Priscilla White. .. better known to us as Silla Black.
It feels like everything old is new again, with Kenneth Branagh casting a Bee Gees biopic, and a stage musical about the Osmond brothers in pre-production.
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, one of the stars of Netflix hit The Queen’s Gambit, spent months researching Epstein’s background to land the lead role in the film. Fortune-Lloyd told me, ‘He was a middle-class boy with some privilege (Epstein’s father, Harry, made a fortune out of a department store in Merseyside).
Midas Man director Jonas Akerlund has cast actress and writer Rosie Day (pictured) to portray Cilla Black
Brian Epstein had a flair for design and was effortlessly stylish—always immaculate in a handcrafted suit (a little Burberry tuxedo dressed in my first photo as Jacob Fortune-Lloyd)
Beatlemania is back on the streets of Liverpool as a new film chronicling the complicated life and times of Fab Four manager Epstein (portrayed with Silla Black in 1964)
Jonathan Wakeham and Brigitte Grant’s script focuses on Epstein (pictured). But, of course, the six years he spent with the Beatles are an important part of British rock history, and the actors gathered to play him will be doing their major scenes next month.
“It’s very interesting when you get these figures that shape the culture but are outside the mainstream,” he said.
‘He was a gay man, a Jewish man and cultured. He loved classical music and wanted to become an actor. And here he is, founding the world’s best-known, best-loved rock ‘n’ roll band.
Epstein had a flair for design and was effortlessly stylish—always immaculate in a hand-made suit (the little Burberry tuxedo dressed in my very first photo in the role of Fortune-Lloyd).
The clothes were his armor; They got him through the door. His words did the rest.
Once he discovered The Beatles in the Cavern nightclub – John, Paul, George and then drummer Pete Best in 1961 – he thought about replacing them. . . Among the leather jackets he had adopted during his period in Hamburg, and in his sharp suits and ties.
Epstein is pictured with The Beatles in July 1964. From left: Epstein, Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison
In an unusual move, the makers have told the cast that filming will kick off for two weeks to redesign the sets and costumes, resuming on November 8. pictured, epstein
The Beatles with their manager Epstein in 1963. From left to right: Ringo Starr, George Harrison, Epstein, Paul McCartney and John Lennon
Midas Man director Jonas Akerlund has cast actress and writer Rosie Day to play Cilla Black.
Day’s book, Instructions on a Teenage Armageddon, was published just last week. And now she’s getting a chance to ‘step into Silla’s fabulous shoes’. He told me: ‘There’s only one Silla, but it’s a real honor to portray such an iconic trailblazer.’
The screenplay by Jonathan Wakeham and Brigitte Grant focuses on Epstein. But, of course, the six years he spent with the Beatles are an important part of British rock history, and the actors gathered to play him will be doing their major scenes next month.
In an unusual move, the makers have told the cast that filming will kick off for two weeks for set and costume redesigning, which will resume on November 8.
This week, however, Fortune-Lloyd is filming with Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan, Omari Douglas and Lucas Gage on the sparse in Port Sunlight.
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