Christopher Eccleston to play John Lennon
Story by Jack Foley
CHRISTOPHER Eccleston is to play John Lennon in a new film charting the turbulent years from 1967 to 1971.
Naked Lennon will examine the period when the Beatle was ending his first marriage to Cynthia as he met Yoko Ono as well as coping with the death of manager Brian Epstein and the messy disintegration of the band.
The biopic, which follows hot-on-the-heels of Sam Taylor Wood’s Nowhere Boy, has been commissioned by BBC Four, according to Variety, and will air sometime next year.
It also stars Naoko Mori, of Torchwood and Absolutely Fabulous fame, as Ono and Rory Kinnear as Epstein, with Claudie Blakley (Cranford) as Cynthia Lennon and Andrew Scott as Paul McCartney.
Nowhere Boy, which opens in UK cinemas on Boxing Day, depicts Lennon as a teenager growing up in Liverpool in the 1950s.