Beatles break-up in new John Lennon film
There finally looks set to be a film of the break-up of the Beatles, and it's getting a pretty interesting cast, most importantly with Christopher Eccleston playing John Lennon.
However the bad news for film audiences around the world is that the film is made for British television, BBC4 in fact, and while that doesn't preclude a release in cinemas, it usually means that it's not going out for general release.
Christopher Eccleston will play John Lennon during the years from 1967 to 1971 and show the period when the band were dealing with the death of their manager Brian Epstein, their own messy divorce, and Lennon with his divorce from Cynthia Lennon and his relationship beginning with Yoko Ono, a woman often credited with the break-up of the Beatles.
According to Variety through Coming Soon, not all the Beatles are cast yet, or at least we don't know about them, but stage actor Andrew Scott is playing Paul McCartney; Rory Kinnear will portray Brian Epstein; Naoko Mori from Torchwood is playing Yoko Ono; Claudie Blakley, known for television roles, Severance, London to Brighton, Pride & Prejudice and Gosford Park, will play Cynthia Lennon, while the story has been written by Robert Jones a television writer who has most recently been writing Party Animals and The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency.
The film is called Naked Lennon and so is going to be concentrated on John Lennon and his life, but hopefully it will delve more into the Beatles break-up more, and perhaps cover it enough for fans.
Personally I think there's still going to be plenty of room for a complete Beatles film yet, and I don't see this as being the end of it.