I’ve been so out of the loop lately. I didn’t even know that they were making a film about John Lennon. I know, I know…a lot of you are thinking that we do not need another film about Lennon. This one looks different though. It’s filled with a wholly different perspective on the young life of John Lennon, it is probably a take on things that many of us have not seen before, or at least stories that we have not examined in a long time.
Could they have found an actor to better portray him. God, that’s creepy. Just based on looks alone, it makes me want to see this film. With the prospect of a George Harrison biopic, and this film, next year looks to be filled with movie goodness.
Here’s what we’ve read.
The producers of a new John Lennon biopic must have done a double take when this individual walked through the door.
Alan Swoffer, a professional Lennon lookalike, was among the hopefuls who attended auditions at the Elevator Music Studios in Liverpool.
The film is Nowhere Boy, based on the memoirs of John’s half-sister, Julia Baird.
It is being made by Matt Greenhalgh, who produced award-winning Joy Division biopic Control.
Baird’s book, Imagine This: Growing Up With My Brother John Lennon, provides a deeply personal account of the former Beatle’s early years, including his relationship with his mother and with his Aunt Mimi, the woman who brought him up.
Greenhaigh has said the biography “illuminated so much about this legendary genius. I could see the drama and film immediately – the women in his life, the men who weren’t, the birth of rock and roll, all imposing on a brilliantly complicated adolescent mind.”
He added: “Without this story, we would never have heard the Beatles – can you imagine that?”
The UK Film Council is part-funding the film, which will go into production later this year.
Swoffer has played Lennon on screen already this year, in Jason Statham film The Bank Job.
Lennon has been portrayed on film several times, most notably by Ian Hart in Backbeat, a dramatisation of the Beatles’ early days in Hamburg.
Source: UK Telegraph