Jay Leno to play Ed Sullivan in Beatles manager movie
From “The Tonight Show” stage to the sound stage.
Jay Leno is set to play legendary TV personality Ed Sullivan in “Midas Man,” the upcoming drama about Beatles manager Brian Epstein, Deadline reported.
The British rock band made a plethora of appearances on “The Ed Sullivan Show” throughout the 1960s. In February 1964 alone, the Fab Four made a stop at the eponymous three-way Sullivan variety show. times.
“Midas Man” is currently in production and will chronicle the life and glory of Epstein. Jacob Fortune-Lloyd of “The Queen’s Gambit” will play the role of group manager alongside Emily Watson, Eddie Marsan and Rosie Day. It is not yet clear who will play the band members.
“The Ed Sullivan Show” ran from 1948 to 1971.
Director Jonas Akerlund was on board to direct the feature, however, following his departure earlier this month, “House of Versace” director Sara Sugarman is now at the helm.
Akerlund told Deadline upon release: “I regret that things did not go as we planned on ‘Midas Man.’ I wish Jacob [Fortune-Lloyd] and the best team with the film.
Sources told Variety that the director of the clip will not continue his involvement in the project. “Midas Man ‘director Jonas Akerlund is taking a break from the film,” said Perry Trevers, co-founder of StudioPOW, which produces the project.
Filming began in Liverpool last month and was suspended until November 29. Filming for the film will begin in the United States in January.