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John Lennon Biopic is a Go; Now, Who Should Play John?

John Lennon's life looks like it's heading for the big screen. The Hollywood Reporter writes that a biopic called Nowhere Boy is in the works, to be directed by visual artist Sam Taylor-Wood and written by Matt Greenhalgh, who most recently wrote the Ian Curtis biopic Control.

According to the Reporter, the movie will film in Lennon's hometown of Liverpool and focus on his early years:

Greenhalgh's script details the story of Lennon as a lonely teenager growing up as his aunt and the mother who gave him up fight for his love. His only escape is music, art and his fateful friendship with Paul McCartney.

Casting is reportedly underway now for the lead role — which of course brings about the crucial question: What actors could you see playing the young John Lennon? And how about prefame Paul? (For an irreverent take on the question, there's always Paul Rudd as John and Jack Black as Paul, as seen in Walk Hard . . . but I'm pretty sure that's not the tone this particular film is going for.)


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smorzalli smorzalli 8 years
I was thinking Ryan Gosling, but James McAvoy would also be a good pick. Or possibly Christian Bale?
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Are you serious? We might as well cast Jack Black as Paul then. :oy: They don't even have an ounce of similarity in their voices.
joecer49123 joecer49123 8 years
I know that Justin Timberlake is a perfect choice to play this role. Whether you personally like his persona right now doesn't matter. He has the variables to portray Lennon.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 8 years
Dhani Harrison should play George obviously not only because he's his son, but they look exactly alike.
mariellynelly mariellynelly 8 years
I love The Beatles more than anything else, so it's hard for me to choose who could play John Lennon. I think James McAvoy would be the best choice, even though I still think he's not the perfect choice. Jim Sturgess for Paul for sure... and definitely no to Johnny Depp. I think he would ruin it. Not that I'm not a fan of Depp, I just don't think he has the chemistry for it.
LadyLiLa83 LadyLiLa83 8 years
How about Johnny Depp?
lucy76 lucy76 8 years
Control was a fantastic movie! They should follow the same model that they used to make that movie and hire lesser known (yet VERY talented) British actors. NO American should play any John! Anton Corbijn also did a beautiful job directing. I hope that he gets to helm this project as well.
unicornsrule84 unicornsrule84 8 years
Jim Sturgess would be great as Paul, as the resemblance is uncanny. But as John? NO WAY!
zajo zajo 8 years
Jim Sturgess! Loved him in Across the Universe.
scotlandrulz scotlandrulz 8 years
Ewan McGregor, James McAvoy, Gerard Butler
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 8 years
Jim Sturgess!!
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
He doesn't look anything like Lennon. Is it just because he is the new young it actor?
oohsexypenguin oohsexypenguin 8 years
When I first heard about this movie project, James McAvoy immediately came to mind. He'd be great in the role.
Ms--Anonymous Ms--Anonymous 8 years
James Mcavoy,Robert Pattinson,Ben Barnes,Jim Sturgess....
stone_soup stone_soup 8 years
Orlando Bloom?! You've gotta to be kidding me. He hasn't exactly proven his acting chops. Yet, I guess I must add.
daizyk70 daizyk70 8 years
How about Orlando Bloom?
bento-barista bento-barista 8 years
Edward Norton could be fantastic as John Lennon.
Great-Sommelier Great-Sommelier 8 years
Sean or Julian hands down. They are the only ones who wouldn't sully John. I am a beatles fanatic. FANATIC. lol, and Black would be abysmal as a serious paul. This is a hard movie to cast as these men are icons.
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