Who Will Play The Beatles In Sam Mendes’ Upcoming Biopics?

By Olivia Emily

2 weeks ago

There’s a quad of actors in the rumour mill…


We know Sam Mendes is set to make four biopics following each of The Beatles, but we’re yet to find out which stars will be cast in the main roles of John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison. Naturally, the rumour mill is a-turning, and we might have just found out who’s up for the role…

The Beatles Biopics: Everything We Know So Far

There’s A Rumoured Cast

It is being widely reported that four actors of the moment have been cast as the four Beatles bandmembers. They are: Harris Dickinson, Paul Mescal, Barry Keoghan and Charlie Rowe, rumoured to star as John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison respectively. The news is unconfirmed, but Hollywood insider Jeff Sneider has noticed all four of their diaries are clear in line with production.

There Will Be 4 Films

Sam Mendes isn’t making one biopic about The Beatles. Oh no, he’s making four: one for each band member, told from their perspective. Mendes is best known for directing 1917 and Skyfall, and he will direct all four of the films, which will stand alone but intersect to ‘tell the story of the greatest band in history’.

It’s the first time Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and the families of the late John Lennon and George Harrison have granted the rights to the band’s story, as well as music rights to a scripted film. Sony Pictures Entertainment is handling the financial side and distribution.

 

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There’s A Tentative Release Date

All four films will arrive in cinemas globally in 2027.

‘I’m honoured to be telling the story of the greatest rock band of all time,’ Mendes commented, ‘and excited to challenge the notion of what constitutes a trip to the movies.’ Intriguing.

The Release Will Be ‘Innovative And Groundbreaking’

Statements have teased there will be something unique about the way these four films will be released. The first announcement of the project stated: ‘The dating cadence of the films, the details of which will be shared closer to release, will be innovative and groundbreaking.’ We’re not sure what a ‘dating cadence’ is, but we anticipate the films will include events which took place on specific dates and be on their anniversaries.

‘Theatrical movie events today must be culturally seismic,’ said Tom Rothman, Chairman and CEO of Sony Pictures’ Motion Picture Group. ‘Sam’s daring, large-scale idea is that and then some. Pairing his premiere filmmaking team, with the music and the stories of four young men who changed the world, will rock audiences all over the globe. We are deeply grateful to all parties and look forward ourselves to breaking some rules with Sam’s uniquely artistic vision.’

Stay tuned for more.