RISING British stars Jack O’Connell and Nicholas Hoult, are set to take on the biggest roles of their careers portraying John Lennon and The Beatles manager Brian Epstein.
The pair, both 25, reportedly beat more seasoned actors to bag the coveted positions in what is expected to be a major Hollywood film titled A Life In The Day.
Nicholas, who recently starred in Mad Max: Fury Road and came to prominence aged 12 alongside Hugh Grant in hit film About A Boy, is said to be playing Epstein, while Unbroken star Jack will portray Lennon.
According to US entertainment site Deadline, the film will be directed by Justin Chadwick – director of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom – and will centre around the pair’s fiery relationship.
Epstein, who Lennon’s former band-mate Sir Paul McCartney, 73, referred to as the Fifth Beatle discovered the band in 1961, and managed them from 1962 until his tragic death in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose at the age of 32.
Tortured and secretly gay, Epstein had an intense friendship with Lennon, who was shot dead by deranged fan Mark Chapman in 1980.
Epstein and Lennon famously went on holiday together to Spain just after first wife Cynthia had given birth to her and the Beatle’s son Julian in April 1963.
John’s widow Yoko Ono, 82, summed things up recently: “Well, it was almost a love affair but not quite. It was never consummated. But it was a pretty intense relationship.”