Register  |   Log In  |  
Sign up to our weekly newsletter    
Search   
Empire Magazine and iPad
Follow Me on Pinterest YouTube Tumblr Viber
Empire
Trending On Empire
The Big 2015 Movie Preview
The 50 Best Films Of 2014
Review Of The Year 2014
The Perfect Night In
Great Movies From Warner Bros.
Create A Short Film
With the BFI & O2
Movie News

LATEST HEADLINES
YESTERDAY
Empire Podcast 177: Ron Perlman, Tom Hardy and Brian Helgeland
We won't lie, things get pretty Kray Kray
Ron Perlman Talks Hellboy III
Exclusive: 'He has to take down civilisation...'
Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys Offer New Clues To The Film
And Kylo Ren talks at last...
Straight Outta Compton Sequel To Focus On Death Row Records
Producer L. Leigh Savidge adapting his documentary
Andrea Riseborough Signs Up For Bloodline
Joining John Leguizamo as another new cast regular
Selena Gomez Set For Bad Neighbours 2
Playing Chloe Grace Moretz's sorority rival
Stephen Rider Joins Daredevil Season 2
Playing District Attorney Blake Tower
More Movie News

RELATED NEWS
02 September 2015
New Poster For Spielberg's Bridge Of Spies
Hanks Over Troubled Water
More Movie News

RELATED FUTURE FILMS
Victor Frankenstein
02 October 2015
Misery Loves Comedy
11 September 2015
More Future Films

RELATED REVIEWS
The Imitation Game (2014)
Empire Star Rating
August: Osage County (2014)
Empire Star Rating
12 Years A Slave (2014)
Empire Star Rating
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug (2013)
Empire Star Rating
Saving Mr. Banks (2013)
Empire Star Rating
More new cinemas releases
DVD & Blu-ray releases

Cumberbatch Will Be Brian Epstein
In a biopic for Paul McGuigan

31 October 2012  |  Written by James White  |  Source: The Hollywood Reporter

submit to reddit

For years, people have been developing films about the so-called “fifth Beatle.” No, not Stuart Sutcliffe: manager Brian Epstein. Now director Paul McGuigan has recruited his Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch to play the iconic music maestro.

Todd Graff is responsible for the script, which will focus more on Epstein than the Beatles, including his troubled personal life of gambling and drug addictions, his closeted lifestyle and the contradiction between his private world and the Beatlemania that grew around his most famous clients.

According to Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman, who are producing the film with their Playtone company, the script will aim to tell the story of “the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself.”

Cumberbatch seems like a solid shout as he bears a slight resemblance to Epstein and also has the chops to make the role work. He’ll next be seen in such tiny art house releases as The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey and Star Trek Into Darkness.

McGuigan’s project isn’t the only new arrival on the Epstein scene: according to The Hollywood Reporter, Vivek J Tiwary is also working up a film version of his graphic novel The Fifth Beatle. He’s scored a big win on the Beatles front, as he’s secured the rights to include some of the band’s songs.


Have Your Say
To comment on this, and all articles, register for free or login now.

Christoph Waltz Will Meet The Muppets
He's in talks to join the sequel
Arrested Development S4 Extended?
Update: More episodes will be shot!

Your Comments

RE:
Kinda the best casting ever?. More

Posted by Dannybohy at 10:36 on 02 November 2012 | Report This Post

I thought Apu, from the Simpsons was the fifth Beatle? More

Posted by Simon124 at 11:15 on 01 November 2012 | Report This Post


CURRENT HIGHLIGHTS
Empire Meets The Stars Of Me And Earl And The Dying Girl
On the Sundance smash, bedroom posters and Nick Offerman

10 Star Wars: The Force Awakens Toys You’ll Want To Own
Falcon quad copter? BB-8 Sphero? We’re already asking for pay raises…

Wes Craven: Film By Film
Empire celebrates the late, great horror director

My Movie Life: Andrew Haigh
The 45 Years director on the movies that made him

Vanity Projects: The Musical Edition
A dozen more hits and misses from the rock and pop world

Inside The Martian: Empire Meets NASA
Prepare to science the shit out of it...

Deadpool: A Complete History
Empire's guide to The Merc With A Mouth, in comics and on screen

Subscribe to Empire magazine
Empire print magazine

Delivered to your door – with exclusive subscriber only covers each month! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe to Empire iPad edition
Empire digital magazine

Exclusive and enhanced content – get instant access via your iPad or Android device! Save money today and

Subscribe now!

Subscribe now and save up to 63%
Print, Digital & Package options available Subscribe today!
Empire's Film Studies 101 Series
Everything you ever wanted to know about filmmaking but were afraid to ask...
The Empire Digital Edition
With exclusive extras, interactive features, trailers and much more! Download now
Home  |  News  |  Blogs  |  Reviews  |  Future Films  |  Features  |  Interviews  |  Images  |  Competitions  |  Forum  |  Digital Edition  |  Podcast  |  Magazine Contact Us  |  Empire FAQ  |  Subscribe To Empire  |  Register
© Bauer Consumer Media Ltd  |  Legal Info  |  Editorial Complaints  |  Privacy Policy  |  Bauer Entertainment Network
Bauer Consumer Media Ltd (company number 01176085 and registered address 1 Lincoln Court, Lincoln Road, Peterborough, England PE1 2RF)