Benedict Cumberbatch to play “fifth Beatle” for Sherlock director

Benedict Cumberbatch will team up with his Sherlock director Paul McGuigan to bring the story of The Beatles’ manager Brian Epstein to the big screen.

According to The Hollywood Reporter, Cumberbatch will portray the iconic manager who was sometimes called the “fifth Beatle.” The screenplay, written by Todd Graff (Joyful Noise), will focus on Epstein and not simply Epstein’s point of view of The Beatles’ career.

The role should prove challenging and exciting for Cumberbatch, as Epstein lived a colourful but short life. He signed The Beatles in 1961 and died of an accidental drug overdose in 1967, and in addition to battling gambling and drug problems he was also a closet homosexual.

Cumberbatch’s career keeps going from strength to strength, with roles in Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, and The Hobbit: There and Back Again on his 2013-14 calendar.

Tom Hanks and Gary Goetzman will produce for Playtone.

One Response to “Benedict Cumberbatch to play “fifth Beatle” for Sherlock director”

  1. Interesting role for Mr C. Looking forward to this.

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