A fresh wave of Beatlemania swept across the world last month with the release of Beatles Rock Band and the newly remastered Beatles catalogue, and the timing seems to have worked out quite nicely for Sam Taylor Wood’s upcoming John Lennon biopic Nowhere Boy. Although you might expect a Lennon biopic to be a massive Hollywood blockbuster with big name stars, this is a smaller British affair, using mostly unknown actors and (I believe) none of the Beatles’ music. Because of this stripped down approach, and the fact that it focuses mainly on Lennon’s childhood, Nowhere Boy seems like it has a good shot at avoiding many of the painful cliches of musical biopics.
The trailer for Nowhere Boy claims to feature an “untold story”, but it is based on a book by Lennon’s half-sister, Julia Baird. The screenplay was written by Matt Greenhalgh, who also penned Anton Corbijn’s Ian Curtis biopic Control, and it does have a bit of a similar feel. Star Aaron Johnson also has a role in the upcoming Kick-Ass comic book adaptation, and if this film is a success, I can only assume we’ll be hearing a lot more from him. What do you think, will this be worth checking out? Nowhere Boy hits theatres in the U.K. on Christmas Day; check out the trailer embedded below.