Beatlemania The Fab Four manager Brian Epstein is back in Liverpool. A new film chronicles his complicated life.
The movie is called Midas Man, after the man with the golden touch who, in addition to The Beatles, also helped launch the careers of Gerry And The Pacemakers, Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas — and a club cloakroom attendant called Priscilla White… better known to us as Cilla Black.
It’s like everything old is new again. Kenneth Branagh has cast a Bee Gees biopic. A stage musical about the Osmonds is in pre-production.
Jacob Fortune-Lloyd was one of the stars in Netflix’s hit Netflix series The Queen’s Gambit. He spent months researching Epstein’s history in order to play the role of the lead. Fortune-Lloyd explained to me that Epstein was a middle class boy from some privilege. Epstein’s father, Harry, made a fortune in Merseyside department store sales.
Jonas Akerlund is Midas Man director and has cast Rosie Day, actress and writer, to play Cilla.
Brian Epstein had a flair for design and was effortlessly stylish — always immaculate in hand-made suits (a little like the Burberry tuxedo Jacob Fortune-Lloyd is wearing in my exclusive first picture of him in the role)
Beatlemania is back in Liverpool, as a new film chronicles Epstein’s complex life and times (pictured with CillaBlack in 1964).
Brigit Grant and Jonathan Wakeham wrote this script about Epstein (pictured). However, his six years spent with The Beatles are a crucial part of British rock history. The actors who will play them next month will perform their key scenes.
He said, “It’s so fascinating when you get these figures that shape culture but are not part of the mainstream,”
“He was gay, a Jew, and a cultured. He loved classical music, and wanted to be an actor. He was the man who created the most beloved and well-known rock ‘n roll band in history.
Epstein had a flair for design and was effortlessly stylish — always immaculate in hand-made suits (a little like the Burberry tuxedo Fortune-Lloyd is wearing in my exclusive first picture of him in the role).
His armour was his clothes; they got him out of the door. His words did all the rest.
Once he’d discovered The Beatles in the Cavern nightclub in 1961 — John, Paul, George, and then drummer Pete Best — he set about changing them . . . They wore the leather jackets that they had worn during their time in Hamburg and changed to their sharp suits and ties.
Epstein is seen with The Beatles in July 1964. From left: Epstein and Ringo Starr, John Lennon (John Lennon), Paul McCartney (Paul McCartney), and George Harrison
Producers have made an unusual decision to tell the cast that filming will be stopped for two weeks for costume and set design. Filming will resume on November 8. Pictured, Epstein
The Beatles and Epstein, their manager, in 1963. From left to right: Ringo starr, George Harrison and Epstein.
Jonas Akerlund, director of Midas Man, has cast Rosie Day, actress and writer to play Cilla Black.
Day’s book Instructions On A Teenage Armageddon was just published last week. Now, she is ecstatic to be able to’step into Cilla’s amazing shoes’. She explained to me that there is only one Cilla and it was an honor to play such an iconic trailblazer.
Brigit Grant and Jonathan Wakeham wrote the script about Epstein. However, his six years spent with The Beatles are a crucial part of British rock history and the actors who will play them next month will perform their key scenes.
Producers have decided to tell the cast that filming will be stopped for two weeks for costume design and set construction. The production will resume on November 8.
Fortune-Lloyd is filming in Port Sunlight, the Wirral, this week with Emily Watson and Omari Douglas.
Nicole Kidman is not concerned about the wet weather.
She gets soaked every day anyway, filming underwater scenes in Aquaman and The Lost Kingdom with Jason Momoa (so great in Dune with Rebecca Ferguson & Timothee Chalamet).
Kidman portrays Atlanna, Momoa’s mother. She will also appear in Aaron Sorkin’s film Being The Ricardos. She plays Lucille Bal.
Nicole Kidman (pictured) is Atlanna Momoa’s mom. She’ll also appear in Aaron Sorkin’s film Being The Ricardos. She plays Lucille Bal.
Jason Momoa, who was so good in Dune with Rebecca Ferguson & Timothee Chalamet, is pictured in Aquaman (2018)
I admire Charlie Kristensen, an 11-year-old anti-bullying ambassador who is putting on his Cheer Up Charlie fundraising performance with scores of musical theatre performers.
They include Sara Poyzer of Mamma Mia!, Sophie Isaacs (soon seen in Pantoland At The London Palladium), and many other West End names like Jacqueline Hughes Jacqueline Hughes, Adrian Hansel, Nadia Naaman.
I admire Charlie Kristensen (11-year-old antibullying ambassador) for his tenacity and willingness to put on his Cheer Up Charlie fundraising show, which features scores of musical theatre performers.
To raise money for Acting For Others, and the National Deaf Children’s Society on Sunday, October 31, the show will be held at St Paul’s Church in Covent Garden.
Tickets via actorschurch.ticketsolve.com/shows/873612837