The Beatles are back – but in the form of young actors selected to star as the Fab Four in a new movie focusing on the life of their manager Brian Epstein.
Jonah Lees will play John Lennon, Blake Richardson stars as Paul McCartney, Leo Harvey Elledge is George Harrison and Campbell Wallace portrays Ringo Starr in the biopic entitled Midas Man.
The newcomers will be joined by American television show host Jay Leno, portraying Ed Sullivan who conducted the first live interview with the Liverpool band in 1964.
And Adam Lawrence, from Peaky Blinders, will play Pete Best.
Brian Epstein managed The Beatles from 1962 and was sometimes referred to as the “Fifth Beatle”.
But he was also instrumental in the careers of singer and actress Cilla Black, who will be played by Rosie Day, and Jerry and the Pacemakers.
However, his death in 1967 from a sedative overdose at the age of just 32 cut short a promising career.
Midas Man, with Jacob Fortune-Lloyd in the title role, will focus on his work as a music agent, his influence on the pop music worldwide and his own personal life.
Filming began in Liverpool in October but there was a hiatus after the original director Jonas Åkerlund parted ways with the production three weeks into shooting, forcing the film to temporarily shut down.
Sara Sugarman, whose previous work includes House Of Versace and Confessions Of A Teenage Drama Queen, has now taken on the task of directing.
And she’s a woman on a mission with plans to move filming to the US early next year and an expected release date later that year.
Ms Sugarman believes the casting is strong enough to carry the burden of bringing back the Beatles.
“The actors playing the Beatles are an extraordinary group”, she said,
“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.”
An optimism only matched by the band themselves, who famously sang “we can work it out”.