Benedict Cumberbatch for Brian Epstein biopic
Story by Jack Foley
BENEDICT Cumberbatch is re-teaming with Sherlock director Paul McGuigan for a biopic about Brian Epstein, the former manager of The Beatles.
The as-yet untitled project will chronicle the story of Epstein himself rather than focusing on the Fab Four.
Often referred to as the “fifth Beatle,” Epstein signed the band in 1961 but died in 1967 from an accidental drug overdose.
He was a closet homosexual and suffered from gambling and drug addictions.
According to The Hollywood Reporter, the producers of the film describe it as the story of “the man who threw the biggest party of the 1960s but ultimately forgot to invite himself”.
The Epstein biopic has been announced, ironically, as another project, dubbed The Fifth Beatle, is also coming together.
McGuigan and Cumberbatch have worked together on four out of the six episodes of Sherlock that have aired so far.
Cumberbatch will next be seen playing the villain in Star Trek Into Darkness and also lines up alongside Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave.
Currently in-demand, he is also appearing in the forthcoming adaptation of August: Osage County, in which he will play Meryl Streep’s nephew.